Islamist warns Norway of joining war in Iraq
An Islamist, recently released from prison in Pakistan, warned Norway against joining the US-led coalition primed to attack the Islamic State.
Arfan Bhatti posted on Facebook that “the security of Norway lies in not participating in the coalition that will attack Muslims and their country,”, reported TV2.
Bhatti also advised NATO's up-stepping secretary general, Jens Stoltenberg, against joining the US.
“By acting as leader, [Stoltenberg] will probably expose himself, his family, and not least Norway as a nation, to danger. The country will become one of the key targets of the Mujahideen.”
Lars Gule at Høgskolen i Oslo og Akershus (Oslo and Akershus College) is researching extreme Islamism. He believes it is “impossible” to know whether Arfan Bhatti is giving a warning or a threat.
Gule says: “From what we know about Bhatti and what he has done before, he could very well mean it as a threat. But at the same time, we should expect Pakistani authorities to keep a watch on him, so we have to assume his possibilities to take action are quite limited.”
Bhatti, who is a Norwegian citizen of Pakistani background, was arrested by the Pakistani terror police (ISI) last year. He was imprisoned and released at the end of August this year.
Earlier this month he wrote on Facebook that the "end is near" and supported a holy war.