ISIL wife appeals terror sentence

Norwegian prosecutors won a precedent-setting case on Tuesday against a young Pakistani-Norwegian woman who had married an ISIL terrorist and traveled to Syria to join him. The Oslo County Court ruled that she had thus taken part in a terrorist organization, and sentenced her to three-and-a-half years in prison. She appealed on the spot. The […]

ISIL wife’s verdict due in May

Prosecutors are seeking a four-year prison term for a young Norwegian woman who traveled to Syria in 2013 after marrying a Norwegian foreign fighter for the terrorist group ISIL. Her defense attorney claims she should be acquitted, portraying her instead as a victim of human trafficking. Her trial ended just before the Easter holiday week, […]

Syrian asylum seekers finally allowed in

Seven families with small children who fled war in Syria but have since been languishing in refugee camps in Greece were finally brought to Norway this week. They were quickly taken to the national asylum center in Råde, where their new lives in Norway will begin. Calls have gone out for years to help more […]

Terror defendant released pending trial

A Norwegian-Pakistani woman who’d followed her radical boyfriend to join the brutal terrorist group IS in Syria has been released from prison in Oslo, pending her own trial on terror charges. She denies she actively supported the terrorist group, claiming she merely kept house and raised the children she eventually had. Her Islamic Norwegian partner […]

Police investigate double homicide

A man and a woman were found murdered in a residential building in Stvanger during the night. A third man at the scene was arrested and charged with both murders, with police confirming that he had “a long-term relationship” to the woman. Police wouldn’t reveal many details of the double homicide at a press conference […]

Norway sends more refugee aid to Syria

Norway has become highly restrictive in taking in refugees itself, but was willing this week to donate NOK 77 million (USD 8.4 million) in extra support to those now being driven from their homes in northwestern Syria. The aid comes after humanitarian organization have all but begged for more aid to the roughly 1 million […]

Solberg to Turkey: ‘Stop the fighting’

Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg got tougher against Turkey on Tuesday, after a meeting in Berlin with German Chancellor Angela Merkel. Solberg said Norway now joins both Germany and the EU “in condemning Turkey’s military operations in Syria,” as fears rose that Turkey is creating huge problems for all three countries’ collective defense through NATO. […]

Stoltenberg denies support for invasion

It wasn’t easy to get “yes” or “no” answers out of him, but NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg did tell Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK) on Friday that NATO has not supported member nation Turkey in its “military operation” in Kurdish areas of Northern Syria. Stoltenberg, a former Norwegian prime minister, repeated that he has “serious concerns […]

Norway won’t bring IS women and children home

The Norwegian government still has no plans to repatriate Norwegian IS women and their young children who currently are living in the Al-Hol refugee camp in Syria. Norway’s police intelligence unit PST charged one of the women with terrorism but won’t seek her extradition either. PST announced that it had changed her status from being […]

New lives loom for evacuated orphans

Prime Minister Erna Solberg has finally been able to counter months of criticism that her government wasn’t doing enough to rescue Norwegian children from a squalid IS refugee camp in Syria. Five orphans whose Norwegian mother is missing and presumed dead were flown to Oslo, after weeks of secret and highly risky preparations that culminated […]