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“Bosnia is a base for Islamic terrorists who live here in safety, operate training camps and prepare cadres for attacks in third countries”
Tiny Minority of Extremists Alert, and Keystone Kops all around. “Balkans: Bosnia ‘a haven for Islamist terrorists’,” fromÂ Adnkronos International, July 30: JW
Belgrade, 30 July (AKI) â€“ Bosnia has become a haven for Islamic terrorists who feel protected by local authorities and are planning terrorist acts in various countries, experts on terrorism said on Thursday. Dzevad Galijasevic, a Bosnian expert on terrorism, told Tanjug news agency that there was a “developed network of support for Islamic terrorists” in Bosnia.
“There are about 80 prominent names in the world of terrorism, protected by a new identity,” Galijasevic said.Bosnia came under the spotlight this week after a convicted criminal and terror suspect of Tunisian origin, Karray Kamel bin Ali, known as Abu Hamza, escaped from a Bosnian jail.
“Bosnia is a base for Islamic terrorists who live here in safety, operate training camps and prepare cadres for attacks in third countries,” said Galijasevic.
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Galijasevic, himself a Muslim, recently formed a team of experts to combat terrorism. The team includes a Croatian colleague, Domagoj Margetic, and Serbian expert Darko Trifunovic.
Thousands of militants like Bin Ali, came from Islamic countries to fight on the side of local Muslims in 1992-1995 civil war. But after the war, many married local women, acquired Bosnian citizenship and remained in the country under their own or assumed names, Galijasevic added.
He pointed out that Algerian militant Abu Mali, even worked in the Bosnian mission to the United Nations after the war under a Bosnian name, Safet Catovic.
Trifunovic, a Bosnian Serb, who also worked in the mission at the time, said he became suspicious of who Catovic really was because he spoke poor Bosnian. As a result, Trifunovic said he lost a job in the mission and moved to Belgrade.
But he said Abu Mali remained in the United States where he kept ties with terrorist groups and even operated terrorist training camps. Abu Mali allegedly commanded the “El Mujaheed” unit of Islamic fighters in Bosnia which allegedly committed some of the worst crimes against Serbs and Croats, but no one was ever prosecuted.
Individuals with Bosnian passports had been involved in almost all terrorist attacks this millennium, from the 2001 attack attack on World Trade Center in New York to the 2004 Madrid train bombings, Galijasevic pointed out.
Abu Hamza failed to return to jail in central Bosnian city of Zenica on Monday, after a week’s leave, and both Galijasevic and Trifunovic agreed it was a big test for Bosnian authorities. They said the escape was well planned and organised, expressing doubt that he will be found.
Hamza had been sentenced in Tunis to 12 years for terrorist activities and served a seven years sentence in Bosnia for murder and racketeering. He was currently serving a four year sentence for assault and domestic violence.
“Most likely, the next time we hear about him will be when a new terrorist group is arrested somewhere in the world,” Trifunovic told Adnkronos International (AKI).
Part II toÂ this post:
Serbs had to battle an Islamist threat, tooÂ Stella Jatras,Â Washington Times
I am not defending RadovanÂ KaradzicÂ (“KaradzicÂ blames Islamic militants for war,” Web, Monday, and “KaradzicÂ blamesÂ MuslimsÂ for killing,” Geopolitics, Tuesday). However, there is a basis for his claim that Osama bin Laden’s Muslim militants were active in the Balkan war. Instead of being honest brokers in what was a civil war, the Clinton administration, along with a willingÂ media, successfully portrayed Serbian forces, including the SerbianÂ peopleÂ collectively, as the only villains.
In 1993,Â the governmentÂ of Bosnian President Alija Izetbegovic issued a passport to bin Laden at the Bosnian Embassy in Vienna, thereby enabling themaster terrorist to visi tboth Bosnia and Kosovo on several occasions.Â In hisÂ book “Unholy Terror: Bosnia, Al-Qa’ida, and the Rise of Global Jihad,” professor John R. Schindler, formerly with theÂ National Security Agency, made the following points: The Bosnian conflict has been misrepresented by the mainstreamÂ media, which has covered up the large role played by radical Islam and al Qaeda; bin Laden used Bosnia as a base for terrorist operations worldwide; and the Clinton administration, in collaboration with Iran, secretly supplied Bosnia’s mujahideen, including al Qaeda, with weapons and supplies.
At the urging ofÂ President Clinton, NATO forces bombed the Bosnian Serbs in 1995. Yossef Bodansky,Â in hisÂ book “Offensive in the Balkans,” wrote that the mortar used to bomb Sarajevo’s main marketplace was designed and built with the help of Hezbollah. Mr. Bodansky wrote, “This callous self-killing was designed to shock the West, especially sentimental and gullible Washington, in order to raise the level of Western sympathy to the BosnianÂ MuslimsÂ and further demonize the Serbs so that Western governments would be more supportive of Sarajevo’s forthcoming aggressive moves, and perhaps even finally intervene [militarily].”
In a 1995 interview with the Dutch publication De Standaard, Mr.Â KaradzicÂ said, “This war is an example of what modernÂ mediaÂ and governments can do. They can arrange anything. Put on a show so that theirÂ peopleÂ believe anything. While watching theirÂ television picturesÂ or their radios sometimes I myself almost came to the conclusion: We Serbs, we are real swine. They could put their stories together that well.”
It is hypocritical for our administrations to blame Islamic militants for the atrocities committed against us but not for the atrocities the Islamists committed against Bosnia’s Christian Serbs.
STELLA L. JATRAS
Camp Hill, Pa.