Denmark vows to stay ‘on frontline’ against Isis

Denmark's commitment to fighting Isis jihadists will not be swayed by attacks like the Charlie Hebdo massacre, Defence Minister Nicolai Wammen said Saturday at a rally to commemorate the Paris victims.

Denmark vows to stay 'on frontline' against Isis
People laid flowers at the French Embassy in Copenhagen following the terror in Paris. Photo: Keld Navntoft/Scanpix
"Denmark's hands are not shaking because some terrorists are trying to scare us," Wammen told Ritzau.
"We are attacking ISIL in Iraq and that continues completely unchanged," he said, using an alternative name for Isis or the Islamic State.
One of the three Paris attackers — Amedy Coulibaly, who killed four hostages in a Jewish supermarket on Friday — told French TV that he belonged to Isis.
His presumed accomplice Cherif Kouachi — one of two gunmen suspected of killing 12 people at satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo on Wednesday —  claimed to be part of the Yemeni branch of Al-Qaeda.

Nato-member Denmark is part of the US-led coalition against Isis and has carried out air strikes against them in Iraq since August.
It is also home to the newspaper Jyllands-Posten, the first to controversially publish caricatures of the Prophet Mohammed a decade ago, later republished by Charlie Hebdo. Both publications received threats from extremists as a result.
Wammen refused to comment on the groups potentially behind the Paris attacks but he vowed that "terrorists will never determine Denmark's efforts abroad".
"We have a clenched fist when it comes to ISIL in Iraq. We are on the frontline, and we will remain so going forward," he told Ritzau.
Denmark has not raised its terrorist threat level since the attacks in Paris, which claimed 17 lives over a three-day period.
But security was raised at media outlets and Justice Minister Mette Frederiksen promised extra resources to the national security and intelligence agency.
Meanwhile, intelligence services in neighbouring Norway told TV2 News that they were investigating a terrorist threat to Norway and Denmark posted on a French-based Arabic website.


Danish far-right party denied permission to publish Mohammed cartoons

French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo has declined a request by far-right Danish political party Nye Borgerlige (New Right) to publish its cartoons depicting the prophet Mohammed.

Danish far-right party denied permission to publish Mohammed cartoons
Pernille Vermund (C) with other members of the Nye Borgerlige party. Photo: Emil Helms/Ritzau Scanpix

The Danish party, led by parliamentarian Pernille Vermund, wanted to take out advertisements in Danish newspapers in which it would have published the cartoons.

The cartoons depicting the prophet Mohammed were shown by French teacher Samuel Paty to his students before he was later beheaded in what the country’s president Emmanuel Macron has labelled a terrorist attack.

“The killing of Samuel Paty triggered the campaign, we want to show our support for his family and for freedom of speech,” Vermund said on Friday.

Charlie Hebdo’s cartoonists have however rejected Nye Borgerlige’s request to use the cartoons in newspaper advertisements, the magazine’s public relations bureau told tabloid newspaper Ekstra Bladet.

“Following consultation with the cartoonists, Charlie Hebdo has not made such an agreement with this political party, with which they do not share any form of viewpoints,” the magazine said according to Ekstra Bladet.

Danish newspapers Berlingske and Weekendavisen have said they would publish the Nye Borgerlige advertisements, while Jyllands-Posten and Ekstra Bladet declined to, citing concerns for staff security.

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