Obama declines comment on Pakistan arrests

AP News
Posted: Dec 10, 2009 5:29 AM

President Barack Obama is declining to comment on the arrests of five Americans in Pakistan over possible terrorism links, but taking the opportunity to praise the contributions of the U.S. Muslim community.

Appearing before reporters Thursday in Oslo after meeting with Norwegian Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg, Obama said the "twisted ideologies" of terrorists can reach young people in the United States and affect them.

But he called it "remarkable" how the U.S., since the 2001 terrorist attacks, has reaffirmed the "extraordinary contributions" of the Muslim-American community. He also said the community's fierce American patriotism and integration has helped the U.S. avoid some of the problems "we have seen in other countries."