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Norway Closes Afghan Embassy After Threat

From those lovers of terrorism at the Associated Press:

Norwegian Embassy in Kabul Jan 2007.

Norway closes Kabul embassy after threat

By BJOERN AMLAND, Associated Press Writer

OSLO, Norway – Norway closed its embassy in the Afghan capital Kabul Sunday because of “terror threats,” a Foreign Ministry spokeswoman said.

Kristin Melsom said the embassy had been closed until further notice. She would not elaborate on the nature of the threats or how long the embassy would remain closed…

Norway has been singled out at least twice by al-Qaida as a nation that should be targeted because of its deployment in Afghanistan and a previous deployment in Iraq. Norwegian Defense Minister Anne-Grete Strom-Erichsen on Friday confirmed that Norway will add 200 extra troops to its 500 soldiers in Afghanistan with the deployment of special forces and helicopters in March…

In a security document dated Jan. 20, Afghanistan’s Interior Ministry listed 15 locations — including Norway’s embassy — that could be targeted by militants.

“According to detective reports, the enemies plan to launch a series of suicide attacks, explosions and harmful activities in Kabul city,” said the report, which was obtained by The Associated Press in Kabul. “(F)or this purpose, the enemies’ first plan is to target some more vulnerable infrastructures of Kabul city.”

The embassies of Sweden, Belgium, India, Turkey, Finland and Indonesia were also listed. Government offices and three well known Kabul hotels were also said to be possible targets…

Apparently it isn’t just our State department.

Diplomatic personnel are similarly courageous the whole world over.

This article was posted by Steve on Sunday, February 10th, 2008. Comments are currently closed.

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