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Local media is speculating with an Al-Qaeda link in the attacks, citing the country’s involvement in Afghanistan and Libya. Norway, a NATO member, has been the target of threats given its support of both the war in Afghanistan against the Taliban and other insurgents, and its participation in the air campaign being waged against Muammar al-Gadhafi’s forces in Libya.
NRK cites terrorism expert Atle Mesoy noting it could have been a car bomb. Mosley sees the act of Islamic jihadists and notes that the death of Osama Bin Laden at the hands of a US Navy Seal Team 6 has sparked the ire of extremists, who vowed revenge on the Western world.
The immediate question that comes up of course is whether anti-terror preparedness [in Norway] has been of a sufficient scope. It's clear that Norway has significantly strengthened its intelligence and other warning capacities from 2001 up to the present. In fact, last summer, about this time of the year, a different plot was revealed by the Norwegian authorities. It still isn't entirely clear what the aim was, but probably it was Jyllands-Posten, the newspaper that published the caricatures [of Prophet Mohammed] in Denmark, that was the target. I'm sure there's going to be a lot of debate about that, of whether Norway's preparedness is any way behind comparable countries.
Originally posted by NightGypsy
LMAO! Attacking NORWAY for Osama bin Laden's death?
Is this some kind of joke?
Unbelievable! How stupid can CNN get?
They must have figured if they pushed that lady gaga crap and the wolrd bought it they would try some real whoppers .....
Originally posted by mac420
this is obviously disinfo. Making people believe these "terrorist" events were caused by "al qaeda" because of the "death" of OBL. yep that makes perfect sense CNN aka CIA.
Norwegian police have said that undetonated explosives were also found.
Up to 700 people were believed to be on the island, mostly teenagers aged between 14 to 18.
The gunman appeared “tall, blond and [of] Nordic looks” according to reports.
A reporter from Norwegian TV 2 news channel, Lasse Evensen, said he has spoken to several witnesses at the site.
"They told me that there was a man with light hair and light skin, 190 centimeters tall and well-trained, who pulled out an automatic weapon and opened fire," said Evensen.
Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg had been due to attend the event.
Right-wing websites quickly pointed the finger at "jihadis," and Pamela Geller, publisher of the website Atlas Shrugs and executive director of Stop Islamization of America, wrote on her site: "You can ignore jihad, but you cannot avoid the consequences of ignoring jihad."
Counter-terrorism experts soon weighed in, implicating Al Qaeda.
Then Anders Behring Breivik, described by police as a "right-wing Christian fundamentalist," was arrested in connection with the attacks.
Within the Muslim community, there was a sigh of relief that it wasn't someone connected with their religion, but also a sting at being initially scapegoated — not unlike what occurred immediately after the Oklahoma City bombing by right-wing American extremists in 1995.