Al Qaeda Jihadist protesting possible revoking of his citizenship in Sarajevo, December 11, 2006.
With thanks to Serbianna:
January 15, 2007
Bosnia (FT) — Under pressure from western states over fears it may become a European base for Islamic terror cells, Bosnia is revoking citizenship it granted to hundreds of foreign Muslims who came to the country to fight the Serbs and Croats in the wars of the 1990s. Many of the Jihadists have married local Bosnian Muslim women.
Hard to believe that the bureaucrats in the EUÂ should have woken up. However, those who know about the ‘strong family ties’ and inner workings of Muhammedan jihad families will point out that they will never get rid of them or that they will never go back to where they came from, unless forcibly evicted. So rest assured that this Bosnian hotbed of jihad insurgency will be with us for a long, long time to come.
The announcement that the first batch of passports had been canceled coincided last week with the decision of a Bosnian court to convict four men of planning a bomb attack on an unspecified European target.
“So far we have revoked 330 citizenships,” said Vjekoslav Vukovic, the head of a commission established to review the granting of about 1,500 passports since 1991.
“The majority of them are from African and Asian countries,” Mr Vukovic said of the people whose citizenship had been revoked, adding that some 500 cases were still pending.
Hundreds of Muslim men arrived in Bosnia to fight as mujahideen, or “holy warriors”, during a 1991-1995 war with Serbs and Croats, and many obtained citizenship afterwards by marrying local women or as a reward for their service to the Bosnian Muslims. The worst atrocities against Christians have been committed by these foreign fighters and not one has been indicted by the Hague court.
Bosnia has come under suspicion in recent years as a potential base for terror cells and organisations that raise and launder money for groups linked to al-Qaeda.
Last week, two Bosnians, a Swede and a Turkish man were convicted of travelling to Bosnia to prepare a terrorist attack against a European target, with the intention of forcing western troops out of Iraq and Afghanistan. A fifth man was jailed last May after admitting involvement in the same plot.
Six Algerians were arrested in Bosnia in late 2001, on suspicion of planning attacks on the country’s US and British embassies. They have been held in the US-run Guantanamo Bay prison camp in Cuba since early in 2002.
when the Bosnian jihad was in full swing, Bin Laden brought some 20.000 foreign mujaheddin to this former YugoslavÂ province. Amongst them was also Mohammed Dawood, aka David Hicks, now inmate in Gitmo.
Many stayed. To revoke citizenship for 330 Â does nothing to reduce the threat of jihad warfare against the west.