Norway
Armed police officers patrol outside a terminal building at Oslo Airport.Reuters

Norwegian intelligence services have said that the country is "likely" to be hit by an act of terror in the next year because of the country's decision to send troops to Iraq.

The Joint Counter Terror Center (JTCT) said that the decision to deploy 120 soldiers to assist the US-led coalition against the Islamic State [Isis] could leave the country "exposed" to a terror attack.

Benedicte Bjoerndal, head of Norway's domestic intelligence agency, said that recent threats or terror attacks in Britain, Canada and Australia against soldiers and police officers demonstrate the heightened threat to countries who are involved in the US-led coalition against IS.

IS have called on its supporters and sympathisers around the world to conduct attacks against countries that have taken part in the operation to prevent the group's expansion in Iraq and Syria.

The new risk assessment from Norwegian intelligence comes after Prime Minister Erna Solberg announced the decision to send the troops to Iraq.

"We will not allow threats from terror organisations dictate our security policy," Solberg told the Norwegian parliament.

In July, Norwegian intelligence officials revealed that they had information about a "concrete threat" to the country from people with close affiliation to members of IS.

The last major terror attack to strike the Scandinavian country came in 2011 when right-wing extremist Anders Behring Breivik murdered 69 people at a youth camp and eight people in a bomb attack in central Oslo.