Secret US-Russia meeting ‘important’

A secretly arranged meeting in Finland on Wednesday between top US- and Russian defense officials was being viewed as “important” for Norway, too. The war on terrorism reportedly topped the agenda, and showed that there’s still room for cooperation between the two rivals. Norwegian Broadcastng (NRK) carried extensive coverage of the meeting after it was […]

Memorials prod a new consensus

After 10 years of suppressing difficult debate, Norwegian officials are finally acknowledging the political aspects of a home-grown white supremacist’s terrorist attacks on July 22, 2011. Both the current and former prime ministers along with several others, including Crown Prince Haakon and the bishop of Oslo, made it clear at memorial ceremonies on Thursday that […]

Online activity lands terror suspect in jail

A 25-year-old Norwegian who’d encouraged terrorist acts online has been sentenced to 12 years in jail by the Oslo County Court. It’s the first time such online activity has resulted in a conviction, and the man’s defense attorney immediately appealed, also over the length of his sentence. The defendant had been indicted for three attempts […]

Bells tolled for terror victims

UPDATED: Norway was in the midst of a long and full day of speeches, ceremonies and bells tolling nationwide on Thursday, as the country marked the 10th anniversary of the July 22 attacks in 2011. It began with traditional memorials at and near the sites of the attacks, and was to end with a nationally […]

What happened in Oslo 10 years ago

Norway was shocked into recognizing its own vulnerability to a terrorist attack on the afternoon of Friday, July 22, 2011. Here’s the chain of events behind Thursday’s memorials to victims, 10 years after a young Norwegian right-wing extremist angry with the Labour Party-led government detonated a powerful home-made bomb just outside the high-rise Office of […]

Police re-arm for July 22 memorials

Norway’s usually unarmed police were strapping on gun holsters again this week, in connection with the 10th anniversary of the country’s worst attacks since World War II. The re-arming is meant to provide extra protection around memorial ceremonies for the 77 people killed by a right-wing terrorist on July 22, 2011. Ceremonies will be taking […]

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, […]

Norway condemns attacks in France

The Norwegian government has joined others around the world in strongly condemning recent attacks by Islamic extremists in France. Foreign Minister Ine Eriksen Søreide said Norway fully supports French President Emmanuel Macron’s campaign to ensure freedom of expression and fundamental human rights. “We have been very clear both in our solidarity with France and in […]

PST probed after right-wing attack

Norway’s police intelligence agency PST, officially charged with evaluating and handling the most serious threats against national security, is now under investigation itself. At issue is how PST handled and failed to ward off last year’s deadly attack by another young Norwegian right-wing extremist. A key area under probe is how PST (Politiets sikkerhetstjeneste) responded […]

Justice ministry OKs Krekar extradition

Norway’s new justice minister, Monica Mæland, has determined that all legal requirements and conditions have been met regarding the pending extradition of Islamic cleric Mullah Krekar. She issued an extradition order Wednesday, which Krekar’s defense attorney has promised to keep fighting. Italy formally requested Krekar’s extradition after he was convicted on terror charges last year […]