Norway’s leaders join Muslims to protest ISIS

Norway’s prime minister and other Norwegian lawmakers joined Muslim leaders and thousands of other people for a demonstration in Oslo against radical Islamists, mainly from ISIS.

Monday’s rally was organized by Norwegian Muslims who wanted to show a united front against militants in Syria and Iraq and their sympathizers in their native country of Norway.

Mehtab Afshar, who is the head of the Islamic Council in Norway, told the crowd that: “They stand for terrorism, they stand for terror … and we condemn that in the strongest terms.”

A small group in Norway has expressed support for Islamic State militants, angering many moderate Muslims in immigrant communities in the country.

According to the Norwegian security service, about 50 people have left Norway to become fighters for militant groups in Syria.