Woohoo! Norway is back in international news

lifted from timesofisrael.com, also prominently figured in all Norwegian media, with journalists, commentators, and of course “terror-researcher” (never there was a more apt description…) Lars Gule is up in arms, this must be a mistake, according to the inactive terrorist. Leading commentators swear they would never have guessed.

European swoop on ‘jihadist network’ that planned suicide attacks, kidnap of diplomats

Terror ring, that has sent fighters to Iraq and Syria, intended to try to spring its leader out of detention in Norway.

 November 12, 2015, 4:29 pm

Najmaddin Faraj Ahmad, known as Mullah Krekar, appearing in court in Oslo. European law enforcement authorities said Thursday Nov. 12, 2015 they've broken up a Norway-based Iraqi Kurdish recruitment ring that sent fighters to Iraq and Syria. Officials have issued arrest warrants for 17 people in a half-dozen European countries and in the Mideast. Italian authorities said Thursday the ideological leader of the ring was Najmaddin Faraj Ahmad, known as Mullah Krekar, who was already in prison in Norway. (Olav Nesvold / NTB scanpix via AP)

Najmaddin Faraj Ahmad, known as Mullah Krekar, appearing in court in Oslo. European law enforcement authorities said Thursday Nov. 12, 2015 they’ve broken up a Norway-based Iraqi Kurdish recruitment ring that sent fighters to Iraq and Syria. Officials have issued arrest warrants for 17 people in a half-dozen European countries and in the Mideast. Italian authorities said Thursday the ideological leader of the ring was Najmaddin Faraj Ahmad, known as Mullah Krekar, who was already in prison in Norway. (Olav Nesvold / NTB scanpix via AP)

European law enforcement authorities on Thursday announced a swoop on a European jihadist network that was allegedly planning to try to spring its leader out of detention in Norway.

Members of the the group were willing to become suicide bombers and planned to kidnap Norwegian diplomats either in Europe or the Middle East and hold them hostage, The Guardian reported.

Seventeen people were targeted in the raids across Europe — 16 Kurds and a Kosovan. Six of them have been arrested in Italy, four in Britain and three in Norway.

Several members of the group have traveled to Iraq and Syria to fight for the Islamic State group, police said.

Investigators said the network was trying to free fundamentalist preacher Najmuddin Ahmad Faraj — also known as Mullah Krekar — who is listed as a terrorist by the United States and United Nations and is currently in prison in Norway.

Giovanni Governale of the Italian police’s Special Operations Group told journalists the operation had “dismantled an integrated cell that included — in addition to Italy — Britain, Norway, Finland, Switzerland and Germany.”

The network developed “on the ‘dark web,’ little-known (Internet) platforms that we have managed to penetrate,” Governale said, adding that the swoop has allowed police to scupper “a process of recruitment, of sending (fighters) into combat abroad.”

Governale said the network “was about to continue sending many other jihadists abroad; it was about to carry out attacks, including suicide bombings, to try to free their chief, Mullah Krekar.”

The 59-year-old, a Kurdish Iraqi, has been living in Norway since 1991.

He has been at risk of deportation since 2003 after Norwegian authorities ordered him to be expelled as a threat to national security.

While courts have upheld the ruling, Norwegian law bars him from being deported to Iraq, where he risks the death penalty.

Krekar also founded the radical Islamist group Ansar al-Islam, but insists he has not led it since 2002.

12 comments for “Woohoo! Norway is back in international news

  1. Herbie
    November 13, 2015 at 8:18 am

    An excellent essay on the double standards applied in labeling goods from Israel
    http://www.nytimes.com/2015/11/13/opinion/europe-mislabels-israel.html?smid=tw-share&_r=0

  2. motti
    November 13, 2015 at 10:37 am

    Hi Herbie, as you acknowledged on the previous page, Europe is getting all it deserves. I believe that you are a lawyer and therefore, might enjoy this clip from a pro Brexit and not an anti Israel dailiy newspaper, the Daily Express.
    For the 21st year in a row, the European Court of Auditors (ECA) found that some of the budget peyments were “materially affected by error.” The spending not in line with EU rules in 2014 amounted to 4.4% or £4.5million of the total payments, which were about £101billion.. That of course is tax payers money. Despite the rrors, the ECA signed off theEU’s 2014 accounts as eing correctly prepared and truthful. They said that the 4.4% did not represent fraud, inefficinecy, or waste, and was not used in accordance with EU rules.
    Obama interfered and wantes us to stay in this corrupt, dogmatic dictatorship of the unelected dwarves who manage so much power. I won’t type the whole thing out as it is depressing to see some of the handouts to countries tha do not deserve the money in the first place. The UK is the second largest investor in the EU, only behind Germany.
    Have just learned that Sweden had closed it’s borders.

    I tried to open the sight above but it has been blocked on copyright grounds. A pity.

    Well i wish you all Shabbat Shalom.

  3. Herbie
    November 13, 2015 at 12:51 pm

    Yes I am an attorney and I do a lot of complex financial litigation. Motti you raise an interesting Q. when you say “For the 21st year in a row, the European Court of Auditors (ECA) found that some of the budget payments were “materially affected by error.” The spending not in line with EU rules in 2014 amounted to 4.4% or £4.5million of the total payments, which were about £101 billion.”

    For an “erroneous” expenditure to be material it has to be, generality about 5%. But here the ” European Court of Auditors (ECA) found that some of the budget payments were “materially affected by error.” That raises a separate and much more Q which is “internal control”. “Internal control” is the process of reporting recipts and expenses so that they accurately reflect what is transpiring. In the absence of adequate “internal control” no responsible auditor will issue a “clean opinion”. Here for 21 years internal control has been found deficient. At least in America and the UK, management would be fired and probably in jail. This is really an outrage

  4. Eric R.
    November 14, 2015 at 2:47 pm

    As talk of accounting puts me to sleep quickly, here is a list of French jokes. For a lot of the military themed joks, you could just substitute “Arab” for French

    http://www.strategypage.com/humor/articles/military_humor_complete_list_of_french_jokes.asp

  5. Herbie
    November 14, 2015 at 4:52 pm

    I am of the view that –in the current circumstances — jokes about the French are inappropriate should be taken down.

  6. November 15, 2015 at 1:03 am

    Humor is never a bad thing, even when the jokes appear to be tasteless.
    I learned this from a rather stern looking rabbi, you know, big beard, black clothes, etc. He gave a talk on the importance of humor, and came up with this: During the second WW, Moishe and Sarale had managed to stay underground, but one day Sarale needed some shopping done and sent Moishe on his way. On his way, Moishe was discovered by a soldier and promptly arrested and taken to a camp. There he was put to shovelling shit. As coincidence would have it, just as Moishe was shovelling shit, Hitler came to inspect the camp. And Moishe unfortunately happened to soil Hitlers shoes with the shit! Hitler got furious, pulled out his gun and shouted, you filthy Jew, now you lick my shoes clean! Poor Moishe, at gun point he had no choice but to start licking and Hitler was laughing and making jokes with the guards. Then, Moishe, quick as a flash, grabbed Hitlers gun, pointed it at him, and shouted, now you eat shit, get down and eat this shit. He then banged hitler over his head, and managed to flee the camp and ran back to safety in their hiding place. Where Sarale was waiting, none too pleased. Where have you been, I have been so worried, I could have died with fear!? And Moishe said: You just won’t believe who I had lunch with today.

  7. Herbie
    November 15, 2015 at 7:05 am

    Cute

  8. Eric R.
    November 16, 2015 at 4:33 pm

    “I am of the view that –in the current circumstances — jokes about the French are inappropriate should be taken down.”

    Let me put it this way Herb — I feel as sorry for the (non-Jewish, non-American) victims of Friday the 13th as the French feel sorry for Jews who get stabbed, shot, beaten or blown up to death by the Palestinians. Take that as you will.

    This is the same France that sent 75,000 Jews to the gas chamber; the same France which has led the Israel-bashing in Europe for 45 years, the same France that has created state sanctioned Jew-hatred (through biased media coverage on France 24), the same France that has been persecuting the Jews by doing nothing and giving “a nod and a wink” to Muslim Jihadists for 40+ years as they slaughtered Jews both in and out of France.

    France has reverted to form – it is persecuting its Jews and driving them out, as it has done many times in its history.

    So Herb, I am sorry — but my sympathy meter for the French broke long ago.

  9. Herbie
    November 17, 2015 at 11:39 am

    Corrected Post

    Eric: I have no disagreement with what you say in many ways. However, I disagree with you on two fronts. First is timing. Second, is your apparent litmus test as to whether a country or group were ever anti-Semitic. The numbers that were not can be counted on one hand and they are not capable of coming to Israel’s aid.

    Jews as a percentage of the world population are very, very small. One estimate says there are about 14.2 million Jews world wide. We need all the friends or, at least, non-enemies as we can get. My touchstone is the here and now. I can’t change the past and neither can anyone else. My goal is a strong and survivable Israel. Accordingly, I am forced to focus on how best to accomplish that and, in my view, it ill behooves us to use the past as a basis to criticize groups when we need their help now.

  10. motti
    November 18, 2015 at 3:45 am

    I hold sympathy with both statements, there were many foreign tourists who have been murdered as well. Apart from which, how many of those affected might now change their attitude, probably doubtful for many, but…….

    Barmy Obama interfered in British politics by saying that he wanted the UK to stay within the EU. Bloody chhek of this useless and dangerous president, well at least for his foreign policies. We have to accept laws , most of which are in place over Britisg laws. Unlike many countries in Europe, in the UK, a person is innocent till proven guilty against a personor representative who needs to prove innocence. we are against the Schengen Agreement and for so long, many including me, want all unlimited immigration to stop,close our borders, place into custody all known Jihadi suspects-those that returned from Syria, those that have dual citizenship or have taken up British nationality should have that taken away from them immdediately and all deported. Cameron and all the leaders are shite scared of losing Muslim votes (I mentioneit a long time ago on this site) and being accused of racism. Westill have thosa eexclaiming publicly their support for the IS and caliphate and Sharia law for the UK. What on earth are they doing here and why have they and their backers and supporters still ber allowed to remain here.

    Europe does deserve the shite today for allowing these people free rein for what they do. I just feel for the innocents who are murdered and for their families who mourn their loss.

  11. Eric R.
    November 18, 2015 at 7:56 am

    “However, I disagree with you on two fronts. First is timing.”

    To be fair to myself, I posted before the attacks. I probably would have waited 48-72 hours after the attacks to post this, but not more. The French are not the Jews in that their physical survival is not in doubt (their cultural survival is clearly another matter). Anti-French hatred does not wreak havoc on this planet as anti-Semitism has done for 2000 years. I do not believe, for that reason, that the French require the same level of sensitivity that Jews do.

    “Second, is your apparent litmus test as to whether a country or group were ever anti-Semitic. The numbers that were not can be counted on one hand and they are not capable of coming to Israel’s aid.”

    I would have said the USA (at least pre-Obama) was not anti-Semitic and capable of coming to our aid. Post-Obama – who knows?

    “We need all the friends or, at least, non-enemies as we can get. My touchstone is the here and now. I can’t change the past and neither can anyone else. My goal is a strong and survivable Israel. Accordingly, I am forced to focus on how best to accomplish that and, in my view, it ill behooves us to use the past as a basis to criticize groups when we need their help now.”

    If this is the sort of crap we are getting from Europe 70 years after the Shoah, I think it is fair to say that Europe can not now, and can never ever in the future, be counted on to do anything to help Israel, but only to help finish the work of Hitler and destroy it. And this attack occurred just three days after the EU decided to bring back the “Jude” labeling on Judea and Samaria products (which fell one day after the Kristallnacht anniversary, and on the 40th anniversary – to the day – of the Zionism= Racism resolution at the UN).

    The left likes to talk of “institutional racism”; well, if you really want to see deeply embedded, institutional, pathological, irrational and insatiable bigotry, then Europe’s attitude toward Jews is the perfect example (see also “Jews, Muslim world).

    If Israel wants to survive, it must reach out to those nations – which happen to be rising powers – not infected with fanatic Jew-hatred, such as China, India, Japan, and South Korea. Furthermore, if Israel wants to survive, it must also finally be willing to “call a spade a spade”, and realize Europe for the eternal enemy that it will always be. Europe can never be won over, and it is a waste of time to try.

  12. Eric R.
    November 18, 2015 at 10:24 am

    Steps Israel plans to take against the Jew-haters of the EU:

    http://www.timesofisrael.com/israel-said-mulling-downgrading-ties-with-europeans-over-labeling/

    Good start, but not enough. More severe measures must be taken against virulently anti-Israel/Semitic countries – with Sweden being first on the list, as their present Nazi government (hey, they’re “Socialist”, but so were the Nazis) which just blamed the Paris attacks on Israel and the Joooos.
    The penalty for Sweden should include a recall of the Ambassador and a downgrade of relations to “Charges d’Affaires” level at most. Also, its journalists and its citizens with NGOs should be expelled.

    Israel needs to make an example of one country in the EU; the three most Israel-hating are Sweden, Belgium and Ireland. However, Israel may not want to retaliate so readily against Ireland, since a lot of pro-Israel Irish Americans (who make up 10-12% of the US population, much more than Swedes) might not like it. And of the remaining two, I think Sweden wins the Jew-hating category by a small margin.

    So Sweden it should be.

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