Gee, why how does a “docile” Bosniak get to become a hate preacher?

ANZAC terror plot: Alleged teen terror plotters had “scoped” police stations for possible planned attack (Daily Telegraph, April 20)

The 18-year-old, whose identity is now a secret under the tough laws, is a BOSNIAN teen, who revels in showing off his abs to social media followers.

The teen only applied for a passport last week and attended the controversial Islamic group Al-Furqan.

The father of the teen terror suspect, who cannot been named, has close ties with the centre’s hate preacher Harun Mehicevic. His mate Sevdet Besim, 18, was charged with conspiracy to commit a terror attack. One man described Besim as a “very good kid.”

Melbourne’s Al-Furqan information centre and its leader self-styled Shiek Harun Mehicevic went to ground yesterday refusing to speak to the media.

Three other teens were also arrested and later released in Saturday’s dawn raids across seven homes in Melbourne’s southeast involving about 200 Australian Federal and Victoria Police.

Besim and the preventive detention order teen attended the funeral of Haider, shot dead last year after stabbing two officers at a Melbourne police station after he planned an ISIS-styled attack.

One of the teens arrested but released on Saturday, Eathan Cruse, 19, was school mates with a junior jihadi recently killed fighting in Iraq and Syria.

Police allege the men were planning to attack police and the public with knives and swords.

At least two of the five men arrested in Saturday’s terror raids were active members of the group and had attended lectures given by its leader.

A high-ranking Islamic State figure also attended the Springvale South centre before going to Syria to fight.

Last year it was revealed teen terrorist Numan Haider attended lectures at the Springvale South centre before he was killed when he violently attacked two police officers.

IS recruiter Neil Prakash, who goes by the name Abu Khaled al-Cambodi, has regularly been in contact with those at home over social media.

Yesterday the Daily Telegraph revealed spy agency ASIO had warned one of the men arrested in the raids, Eathan Cruse, to cease contact with an Islamic State recruiter.

It is believed Sevdet Besim, charged with conspiracy to commit acts done in preparation for or planning terrorist attacks, was a regular at the centre. The 18-year-old, locked up on a preventive detention order, visited Al-Furqan every Friday for prayers.

Thanks to Aleksandra Rebic for circulating:

“KINGDOM OF YUGOSLAVIA DURING WORLD WAR II” by Miloslav Samardzic to be screened on Sunday April 19, 2015 (In Serbian with English subtitles)
at St. Luke Serbian Orthodox Church
10660 River Road, Potomac, Maryland 20854
after the Liturgy and Coffee Hour
(To start around 12 p.m.)
301.299.2704
info@svluka.org

Trailer can be seen here and here:

It will be interesting to see whether or not the film, which is full of rare footage and photos, accounts for the Allied betrayal of Mihailovich and Yugoslavia with the little-known fact that, according to American WWII intelligence officer Lt. Col. Robert McDowell, the Vatican needed for the barbarity against Orthodox Serbs by Catholic Croatia — a Hitler-aligned WWII loser and therefore vulnerable to punishment — to be concealed. Meanwhile, Churchill needed the Vatican’s help in keeping the Irish in check. And so a deal was struck: Yugoslavia would be handed over to the Communists, who were adept at suppressing information; Croatia would be reabsorbed into Yugoslavia and therefore would lose without losing; and Tito — that big Partisan warrior against the Fascists, who nonetheless entertained close to 300 meetings with them — would be our man to help everyone forget who did what to whom, under the Commie banner of Brotherhood and Unity.

The film comes at an opportune time, given that the E.U.’s newest pride and joy, Croatia, has just appointed its first female president, Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic, of neo-Ustasha 1990s president Franjo Tudjman’s party. One of many NATO-approved “former” fascists, she promises to continue the fine Croatian tradition of minimizing the horrors that went on at Jasenovac. (So, America, let that be instructive in case we think that female “firsts” promise anything other than business-as-usual.)

A sampling of those horrors surfaced on Thursday in a Haaretz book review:

“A Hell Called Jasenovac” by Erwin Miller, translated from Croatian to Hebrew by Miriam Steiner-Aviezer. Yad Vashem Publications, 143 pages, 68 shekels.

…It is based on the articles, eyewitness accounts and memories of Erwin Miller, a young Jew from a small community in Croatia, who was imprisoned for four years, from age 17, in the hell that was named Jasenovac, the concentration camp that was considered “the Auschwitz of the Balkans.”

[We know, of course, that Jasenovac was more than the Auschwitz of the Balkans, it was the blueprint for Auschwitz, if one looks at the timeline.]

…It provides detailed description of the tortures and abuse and killings of Serbs, Roma and Jews by Croatians, who employed primitive, cruel, blood-curdling methods throughout most of the war years…Jasenovac existed from mid-1941 until the end of the war.

The purposes of this compound of camps were the imprisonment of Croatians who opposed the regime, and ethnic cleansing [extermination] of others. No less than 600,000 people were murdered there, the vast majority of them Serbs, as well as approximately 14,600 Roma…and between 20,000 and 25,000 Jews…

An international delegation eventually paid a two-hour visit to the camp, and a second delegation, from the Red Cross, visited in June 1944 — too late, of course - and without being shown any traces of the atrocities: the shattering of skulls with axes, the severing of body parts, beheadings and hanging of victims on rows of trees, slitting open of prisoners’ stomachs with a unique knife [the infamous “Serb cutter”], and disposal of their remains in the nearby river. The vast majority of killings were carried out with knives, hammers and axes…The rock bottom of the events…is the execution of a young man from [the author’s] town who tried to escape but failed due to heavy snow that upset his plans: he was skewered alive on a pole that pierced his naked body, which turned blue. The screams persisted until the young man finally died. All throughout, the prisoners stood there, weeping.

Another question pertains to the role of clergymen in the camp: the priest Miroslav Filipović-Majstorović, for instance, who with his own hands murdered dozens of prisoners, with a cruelty that was exceptional even at Jasenovac. He was in the habit of coming back from his killing sprees wearing his blood-stained priest’s cloak, the large cross around his neck, a dagger stuck in his belt and a spear in his hand. He would cut off dozens of victim’s ears with the dagger, and it was he who devised the unique knife with which the prisoners’ stomachs were sliced open…

I’m glad to see that Yad Vashem is the publisher of this book, because as recently as my 2007 visit there, throughout all the Holocaust exhibits, nowhere was the word Jasenovac — or even Ustasha or Croatia — to be found. Could 70 years of suppression finally be lifting?

Another book that’s just come out is by the above-mentioned WWII researcher and filmmaker Miloslav Samardzic. The book, which has the same name as the film, presents the basics about WWII Yugoslavia, facilitated with many photos. The volume benefits from Belgrade’s very recently opened archives, as well as from documents discovered only three or four years ago in Freiburg, Germany, about the real “Siege of Sarajevo.”

Thanks to the publisher of @PoglediFR (or facebook.com/PoglediWorld), Slobodan Kostadinovic, for getting this important work out there.

A few days ago, in blogging about an Albanian German killing an Israeli, I started a sentence thus: “If we recall, the last bit of prominent German-Albanian news had a young man named Arid Uka shooting five U.S. servicemen in March 2011…” In fact, that was not the most recent German-Albanian news. This was:

Prison Sentence for German who Joined IS

BERLIN (AP) A court on Friday convicted a 20-year-old German of joining the Islamic State terrorist group and sentenced him to 3 years and 9 months in prison.

Judges found Kreshnik Berisha, whose parents are from Kosovo, guilty of membership and activity for a foreign terrorist organization, the Frankfurt regional court said in a statement.

Berisha, a Muslim who once played for a Jewish football club, turned to radical Islam three years ago. He traveled to the Turkish city of Istanbul in July 2013, where he and six others were picked up by Islamic State recruiters and taken to Syria, the court said.

Berisha underwent combat training and took part in combat operations near the Syrian city of Hama, but was largely kept away from the front line.

While in Syria he maintained contact with his family in Germany and agreed to their pleas for him to return home five months later. Berisha was arrested at Frankfurt Airport in December 2013.

Judges said Berisha’s sentence took account of the fact that he had confessed to his actions and testified during the trial. To his detriment, they considered the “particular threat” posed by the Islamic State group, “which has carried out terrorist attacks and armed assaults in Syria and Iraq which have killed and injured a large number of people.”

It was the first case against a suspected member of the group to come to trial in Germany. […]

Albanian man arrested in connection with murder of Israeli in Berlin (Jerusalem Post, Apr. 11, 2015)

A 28 year-old German national of Albanian descent was arrested Friday in connection with the murder of an Israeli citizen in Berlin, German newspaper Der Tagesspiegel reported on Friday.

Czech authorities arrested the suspect on Friday near the border with Germany and will proceed with extradition protocols.

According to investigators, the suspect met the Israeli, Yosef Damari, aged 22, in a Berlin hostel last week and is believed to have murdered him the following day.

The Chabad rabbi in Berlin, Yehuda Teichtal, said the man to whom the passport belonged was supposed to celebrate the Passover Seder at the local Chabad house on Friday night but never arrived.

A spokesman for the Israeli embassy in Berlin told AFP that Damari had sought aid from the embassy because he lacked funds to purchase a ticket back home, adding that Damari requested that the embassy contact his family in Israel.

“The dead man had visited the Israeli embassy on Good Friday and we helped him with a few matters.”

“Our consul general is in close contact with the Berlin police and our staff is also in contact with his relatives in Israel,” the spokesman added.

Damari’s body was found with his Israeli passport on Easter Sunday in the ruins of a Berlin church where the murder is believed to have occurred on Saturday.

Initially, definitive identification was rendered difficult due to the victim’s considerable injuries.

Berlin Prosecutor Martin Steltner claimed that there was no indication of a robbery prior to or after the murder, but also suggested that there was no evidence to suggest that the murder was politically motivated.

If we recall, the last bit of prominent German-Albanian news had a young man named Arid Uka shooting five U.S. servicemen in March 2011, killing two and making history for carrying out the first successful Islamic attack in Germany (see “Closing with” portion here).

It’s certainly perplexing, for such a ‘pro-American’, ‘pro-Jewish’ lot as the Albanians. It’s less perplexing if you know that, while there is some positive history between Albanian and Jew — and, less organically, between Albanian and American — there is nothing intrinsic to keep it that way.

Yesterday, Pamela Geller was good enough to take a minute from — literally — saving the world, to cross-post Aleksandra Rebic’s open letter marking March 24th. She preceded it with the following introduction and my note to her (and there were some good comments by her clueful readers right off the top):

On March 24, 1999, Bill Clinton unleashed a disastrous NATO air campaign against Yugoslavia, against the Christian Serbs, against a sovereign nation that did not pose a threat to members of the alliance.

The bombing campaign was the second major combat op in its history, following the 1995 bombing of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

The US involvement against the Christian Serbs was astonishing. Fifteen [16] years on, we see the poison fruit of Clinton’s war, including the ethnic cleansing of Sarajevo (now all Muslim), while paving the way for an Islamic state in the heart of Europe.

Much thanks to Julia Gorin, who reminds me to mark this black day: “A day that means nothing by now to the forgetful American mind, but a day that will live in infamy more than any other in my mind and in those of others who remember.

“This was the day, 16 years ago, that our supposedly anti-war president (still a shock to call him that) Bill Clinton announced to the world that NATO planes were in the skies, bombing our ally of WWI and WWII, Serbia. Talk about a ‘rush to war,’ as the Right was accused of in the 1.5-year run-up to Iraq. (Even a month before, in Feb. 1999, Weakly Standard, for example, had not one article about a possible war in Yugoslavia, or mentioning Kosovo. Yet, like foot soldiers, as soon Clinton pulled it out of a hat in March, they and everyone else was on board.)

“Anyway, I just wanted to forward these few paragraphs, written today by Aleksandra Rebic — a onetime neighbor of one of the 500 American pilots sheltered from the Germans by Mihailovich’s guerrillas after crashing in Yugoslavia — marking the day.”

WHAT IS OWED TO THE SERBS / By Aleksandra Rebic March 24, 2015

One of those moments you never forget: Before the dawn on March 25, 1999, I stepped outside the door to find The New York Times there on the ground with the headline announcing that NATO had begun its bombing campaign against the Serbs in the former Yugoslavia on March 24, 1999. I remember looking at that front page of the paper before picking it up and thinking – “They are really doing it. It’s no longer a threat. It’s real. It’s real. What a mistake. What a mistake.” Then I picked up the paper and went back inside. So began a 78 bombing campaign which included the time span over the Easter holiday and my family’s Christian Patron Saint’s Day – our Krsna Slava, St. Lazarus Saturday – which falls a week before Serbian Orthodox Easter.

I love America. Always have. Always will. But that bombing campaign in 1999, yet another horrific mistep in American foreign policy against the Christian Serbs that had spanned throughout the decade of the 1990s, beginning with the break-up of the former Yugoslavia, was a mistake of GIANT proportions. The Serbians had always been one of America’s most steadfast and loyal Allies and certainly her best friend in the Balkans for sure. What hurts the most is that now so many Serbians no longer consider America a friend or an ally and have no wish to be either of those to America. That is the real tragedy. The WRONG people were targeted. The WRONG people were punished. The WRONG people in the Balkans were alienated.

The NATO bombing campaign of 1999 against the Serbs stands as one of the most unjust acts of aggression in the history of the world. I can only hope and pray that, at the very least, some day there will be a public act of contrition in the form of a public apology from America, regardless of whether there is one from her NATO allies or not, and that this apology will resound for all the world to hear.

AMERICA OWES SERBIA THAT ACT OF REPENTANCE, AND MUCH MORE.

Remember the kudos that Target got last month over its employees going above and beyond by teaching a teen how to tie a tie? It’s a no-brainer that the story got some of its virility from the gush we feel, especially in racially charged times, when the helpful employees are white and the teen is black (and vice versa). But think of the kvelling that ensued — by media and Target alike — when it was learned that the black teen’s name was Yasir.

A local ABC affiliate set up a reunion between the Target employees and the boy, this time with his hijab-clad mom in tow, and GMA gave it national attention. The gift gave again:

Target Teen Yasir Moore Returns to Store After Job Interview

A North Carolina teen, who made headlines after a picture of his being coached by Target employees for his first interview went viral, returned to the store this week to thank the helpful employees in person.

Yasir Moore and his mother told ABC News station WTVD-TV in Durham, North Carolina, they credit exemplary Target employees Cathy Scott and Dennis Roberts with helping Moore pass the first round for his job interview at Chick-fil-A.

“They could have just sold my son a tie,” Moore’s mother, Najirah Parrish, told WTVD. “But they took the time, helped him tie the tie and talked to him. They treated my son with dignity, respect.”

Moore was prepping for his first ever job interview when he stopped a Target employee to ask for a clip-on tie, according to WTVD. But Target employees Scott and Roberts didn’t just point the teen toward the tie section.

Instead, they helped him learn to tie a real tie and then gave him advice on how to properly introduce himself in an interview, the station reported. […]

Off-camera, the employees reportedly seemed a bit befuddled by all the attention, saying, “Gee, we thought he was just a polite kid, saying ‘Yes Sir’ every minute. ‘Yessir, yessir…’ We didn’t know he was trying to tell us his name.”

Which, incidentally, honors the father of modern terrorism.

Speaking of names, apparently there are some things that even Islam can’t change. We don’t know if this woman found Islam before or after she had her son, but notice that their last names are, all too typically, not the same.


Here was the last time I mentioned that the AP can’t be bothered to read itself in order to get history straight. This time, reader/source Danny caught them at it again. Like last time, the “news” outfit issued a correction — or, at least, a “clarification” — when Danny made it unavoidable, by providing reference to their own reporting.

In a profile of departing NBC anchor Ann Curry, reporter Frazier Moore had the following sentence:

She also established herself as a globe-trotting correspondent, reporting from such hotspots as Sudan to report on the violence and ethnic cleansing, and to Albania and Macedonia, where she reported on the humanitarian refugee crisis caused by the genocide in Kosovo.

The sourcing Danny provided (see below) must have made his complaint unignorable, because a clarification was made despite the subtle, eloquent style of Danny’s email to Moore:

WHO TOLD YOU THERE WAS “GENOCIDE” IN KOSOVO, OR YOU LIKE TO MAKE UP STORIES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

THERE WAS NO “GENOCIDE” IN KOSOVO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I DEMAND A CORRECTION!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Milosevic Acts Not Genocide: Court
PRISTINA, Yugoslavia (AP) [Sept. 7, 2001] — Setting aside the conviction of a Serb, Kosovo’s U.N.-run Supreme Court said acts committed by Slobodan Milosevic’s forces in the province constituted war crimes or crimes against humanity — but not genocide.
The actions of Milosevic’s regime in 1999 “cannot be qualified as criminal acts of genocide, since the purpose was not the destruction of the Albanian ethnic group in whole or in part,” said the three-judge court’s ruling, obtained Friday by The Associated Press. […]


Clarification: TV-Ann Curry-NBC story

NEW YORK (AP) — In a story Jan. 14, The Associated Press reported that genocide was committed in Kosovo. While Kosovo’s ethnic Albanians insist that Serbia’s actions during the war in 1998-99 amounted to genocide against them, the claim has been rejected by Belgrade. A U.N.-run court has found that Serbia’s crackdown in Kosovo can’t be considered a genocide.

Naturally, the AP couldn’t break the media habit of framing the correction in terms of the ‘Albanian-perspective-versus-Belgrade’s-rejection-of-the-Albanian-perspective,’ rather than ever bothering to do an objective, or seek a conclusive, analysis of what really went down in Kosovo.

The irony is that, casualty and army scales aside (Yugoslavia’s vs. KLA’s), one side did have genocidal intent. The weaker one, which we made the winner. Because in this case Evil was the underdog, and we always root for the underdog.

Bosnia: Radical Muslims arrested for entering church

Sarajevo, 24 Nov. (AKI) – Bosnian police arrested two Muslims allegedly linked to a radical ‘Wahabi’ sect after they sought access to a Catholic church in Sarajevo on Sunday…Church of Trinity vicar Ivan Ravlic said the two men knocked on the door of the church late Saturday and asked to see inside the building.

“My answer was that there was no need for them to look at the church at that late hour and that was when they explained they were disturbed by the church bell,” Ravlic said. […]

******UPDATE******

Austrian jihadi teen girls reportedly want to leave Syria, ISIS, come home (NY Post, Oct. 10)

Samra Kesinovic, 17, and Sabina Selimovic, 15, had started lecturing classmates about their lifestyles and were even suspected of a vandalism attack at their school that called for jihad. They left Vienna in April, and purportedly were married off to militant fighters and are now pregnant.

…The two Austrian teenagers who became poster girls for the jihad in Syria are now desperate to come home after becoming disillusioned with their new lifestyles.

…They left behind a note telling their parents: “Don’t look for us. We will serve Allah — and we will die for him.”

…Police in Austria said the girls’ social media accounts were taken over and manipulated to broadcast fake messages about their new lives, and that Kesinovic and Selimovic have been used to encourage other young women to head to Syria.

Security service insiders have told Austrian media that the girls have managed to contact their families to say they have had enough and want to come home.

However, experts warn there is almost no chance that the young ladies will be able to leave their new lives now that they’ve become internationally famous and their images have been shared around the world…Some images seemed to depict Selimovic and Kesinovic carrying weapons, but it was later revealed that many of them had been faked.

According to Oesterreich, the girls changed their minds after being faced with the realities of the brutal Islamic State regime and want to return home.

But Austrian Interior Ministry spokesman Karl-Heinz Grundboeck said their decision might be too late. “The main problem is about people coming back to Austria. Once they leave it is almost impossible,” he said.

Imagine that. They joined ISIS on a lark, and it turned out to be a permanent decision. Sort of like suicide.

Who knew? Certainly not these two chicks who, as mere Bosnian Muslims had only dabbled in the religion (though even dabbling was enough to wage a war and get the world on board).

******UPDATE******

It seems the Bosnian bimbo reported dead after she and her BFF joined Isis in Syria is still alive, and carrying an embryonic terrorist:

European teens who joined ISIS claim to be pregnant

…Samra Kesinovic, 16, and her friend Sabina Selimovic, 15, made claims on their purported social media accounts that they were both alive and pregnant in Syria, Central European News reports.

Kesinovic was originally thought to be dead when reports emerged Monday that she had been killed in combat. But a Tuesday conversation between an anonymous WhatsApp account believed to be the teen and her friends in Austria confirmed that those rumors weren’t true.

The duo, previously seen in photos brandishing AK47s, are believed to have married a pair of Chechen fighters in Syria, according to CEN. The two vanished earlier this year and were parading their involvement with ISIS on social media — leading Austrian media to dub them the new face of jihad.

Austrian police and Interpol continue to hunt the teens….The messages also said they had received new names featuring the word “umm” — which is Arabic for mother

Despite the numerous comments, Austrian officials pointed to the men of ISIS as the possible culprits behind such outlandish statements. They warned that the jihadists had complete control over the young girls’ lives and said the madmen would never allow them to use social media, according to CEN.

“We have no independent confirmation that either of them are [sic] dead or alive, or that either of them are [sic] pregnant, although we suspect both are married,” an Austrian police spokesman said…Authorities believe that ISIS is using Kesinovic and Selimovic to promote their cause and recruit other youngsters from the West to join them and spread bloodshed abroad, CEN reports. […]

One weird thing about this, which no one mentions, is that usually an Islamic headdress is flattering to the face and makes the wearer look better. Here’s me, for example:

But this is a rare case in which it actually gets worse:

This one, on the other hand, definitely looks better:

Just another corrective report:

Austrian Teenage Jihadi Brides Samra Kesinovic and Sabina Selimovic ‘Alive’ (IB Times Sep 16, 2014)

Two Austrian teenage girls who joined the Islamic State have reportedly used social media to refute claims that one of them is dead…However The Local claims Kesinovic and Selimovic have since written to friends on WhatsApp, confirming they are both alive and well.

“Neither of us is dead,” Selimovic reportedly wrote.

The pair, who are of Bosnian origin, are believed to have become radicalised in Vienna after coming into contact with Chechen youths.

They are believed to have subsequently become “jihadi brides” in Syria. Photos of them holding rifles and posing with masked gunmen started circulating online - although some experts argued the pictures might have been doctored, The Times reports.

In a letter to their families, the girls said they had gone to the Middle East “to fight for Islam” and were ready to die as jihadists.

“No point looking for us: See you in paradise…We will serve Allah and die for him,” they wrote.

Last week police stopped two other schoolgirls who were planning to travel to Middle East to join Islamic State militants. Authorities believed the pair aged 14 and 15 might have been inspired by Kesinovic and Selimovic.

Meanwhile the Austrian government is considering banning Islamist symbols including that of the Islamic State. Some 160 Austrian nationals are believed to be among the hundreds of Europeans to have joined Islamist fighters in Iraq and Syria. Dozens of women, including about 60 Britons, are known to have travelled to the region to support IS.

******END UPDATE******

I can certainly understand being a little girl with an idol. Mine was Lynda Carter as Wonder Woman, and my sister’s was Isis. But her Isis looked like this:

Not like this:

I understand Isis being your idol, but this is ridiculous. Maybe the girls below were just confused? I mean, the goddess Isis was Egyptian, not Syrian:

Austrian teenage girl jihadist ‘killed in Syria’ (Telegraph, Sept. 15)

One of a pair of Austrian [ahem, Bosnian] teenage girls who left Vienna homes in April to join Syrian jihadists reportedly killed


Sabina Selimovic, 15, (left) and Samra Kesinovic, 16, travelled to Syria Photo: INTERPOL

One of two young Austrian women who travelled to Syria to fight with Islamic extremists has reportedly been killed just months after arriving in the country.

[No!]

Sabina Selimovic, 15, and Samra Kesinovic, 16, both the daughters of immigrant families from Bosnia, left their homes in Vienna in April with the apparent intention of fighting for Syrian rebels.

They are thought to have travelled to Turkey and then to have crossed the border into Syria, having become radicalised after attending a local mosque in Vienna and reading about jihad on the internet.

[Vienna? You don’t say!]

They posted on social media photographs of themselves handling assault weapons and wearing black, full length burkas.

But Austrian authorities now think one of them – they have so far refused to divulge which one – may have been killed during fighting.

Refused to divulge which one. Does it really make a difference?

…Austrian authorities fear that the two teenagers’ example is inspiring other young, radicalised Muslim women to travel to Syria and volunteer to fight.

Now, ISIL et al have taken violence to such a level that even al Qaeda has distanced itself from it, and yet something about the former’s methods clearly appealed to these Bosnian (of all things!) girls. Where might they have acquired this taste for blood? Surely they would have been so traumatized by their parents’ tales of the Bosnian war and the supposed Serb killing machine that they’d have no stomach for violence. Unless the tales — like the war itself — had precisely the opposite effect.

In Germany, meanwhile, an alleged jihadist went on trial on Monday, accused of fighting in Syria for Isil.

In the first German criminal proceedings involving Isil, Kreshnik Berisha, a 20-year-old born near Frankfurt to a family from Kosovo, has been charged with membership of a foreign terrorist organisation.

Well, if this isn’t the article that just keeps on articulating. A German first, and a Kosovo Albanian is involved. Who could have seen that coming throughout the ’90s?! Frankfurt and Kosovo. What a couple.

…Berisha is believed to have become radicalised when he fell in with a group of Muslim fundamentalists while on a job training programme.

Federal prosecutors say Berisha travelled to Syria via Turkey in July 2013 with other Islamists planning to join the fight to create an Islamist “caliphate” straddling Syria and Iraq.

Soon after his arrival, Berisha allegedly underwent firearms training and was put to work as a medic and a guard.

In the six months he spent in Syria, he is believed to have fought in at least three battles on the side of the jihadists against President Bashar al-Assad’s troops.

He returned home for reasons that are unclear to German authorities in Dec 2013 and was arrested at Frankfurt airport…

Now, if 15 and 16 sound young for Bosnian Muslims to be all about The V (violence), check out these over-achievers. They’re barely out of their terrorist twos. I mean, terrible twos:


Al-Hayat Media Center, the media wing of ISIS, posted a video showing Bosnian children playing with guns and chanting ISIS slogans in Syria. The video was posted on the Internet on July 12, 2014.

Closing with some more Kosovo Albanians being arrested:

Kosovo ‘imams held’ in raids on Islamic State recruitment (BBC, Sept. 17)

Fifteen people have been detained in Kosovo in an operation aimed at tackling recruitment of fighters for Islamic State (IS) in Syria and Iraq.

Among them are several imams, including the head of Pristina’s Grand Mosque, Shefqet Krasniqi, local reports say.

Some 200 Kosovo Albanians have gone to fight in Syria and several have died.

Kosovo police did not name those arrested, publishing only their initials, but said the operation had been carried out following threats and due to the importance of national security. [Which of course first would require a nation, but who’s keeping track. Oh yes, they are.]

Many of those held were from Pristina, Prizren or the flashpoint town of Mitrovica. [Wasn’t this ‘Serb’ sellout just talking about how lovely Prizren was?]

Islamist leader Fuad Raqimi was detained after a raid on his flat, reports said.

US envoy Tracey Jacobson, in a tweet, praised Kosovo’s “pro-active response against fighters and terrorism”.

[Again, Saudi Arabia arrests terrorists too.]

Last month, 40 people were arrested as police searched dozens of sites across Kosovo, including makeshift mosques thought to have been used as recruitment centres. […]

An additional early report about the female Bosnian duo, from NY Post:

Gun-wielding teen girls from Europe join ISIS (Sep. 10, 2014)

…Samra Kesinovic, 16, and Sabina Selimovic, 15, are the daunting duo feared to be encouraging young Austrian girls to flee their country and take up arms in Syria to help ISIS spread violence, Central European News reports.

Austria’s Interior Ministry has confirmed that two additional girls from Vienna — ages 16 and 14 — recently were nabbed trying to sneak out of the country and join the Islamic State jihadists.

They were caught when the mother of a third friend who was supposed to go with them to Syria grew suspicious when she noticed all the luggage her daughter had packed.

Little is known about the two, but their parents are believed to be from Iraq. Police are trying to piece together how the wannabe jihadis could have become radicalized and who may have lent a direct hand in getting them to Syria.

Kesinovic and Selimovic vanished from Austria earlier this year and paraded their terror involvement on social media, posting images of themselves holding AK47s as they stood among several armed men [NOT EXACTLY ISLAMIC-KOSHER. OR, HALAL. OR, ISLAMICALLY CORRECT], according to CEN.

Austrian media dubbed the girls the new face of jihad in Syria two weeks ago and warned that others just like them have started to become galvanized by their actions…He added that the problem with teenagers fleeing the country to commit bloodshed abroad is something that’s increased greatly and is difficult to fix.

“Once they have left the country, even if they then changed their minds, it is then almost impossible to get them back.” [Aw, darn.]

Up to 130 people from Austria are believed to be waging jihad across the globe, CEN reports. More than half of them are thought to have originally traveled from the Caucasus region and have valid residence permits in Austria.

It’s always interesting, in a cringe-inducing way, to read the “traveler’s” take on Kosovo. This chick is a “feminist author and political activist,” so her ethnic identity naturally means nothing to her. Certainly not something worth defending, unlike those modern, generic, compulsory transnational values like gay and women’s rights. Not surprisingly, her observations read somewhat incoherent and self-contradictory:

Kosovo Is Not Serbia (Huffington Post, Sept. 9, By Jasmina Tesanovic)

…As one of our friends in the region put it, being an American in Kosovo is like being a pope. You will be asked all kinds of questions and told about all kind of injustices. Nobody in Kosovo has forgotten 1999, so the papal Americans are like angels of mercy with airborne bombs.

Being a Serb in a region that looks quite like Serbia, I walked around thoughtlessly talking in Serbian…With almost every Serb ethnically cleansed, there’s nobody left to speak it, just empty Orthodox churches turned into tourist attractions while the town abounds with pizza and burger joints with English-language menus…Especially notorious to me are the war crimes committed by Serbian military forces against the Albanian population, which led to the bombings by NATO in 1999.

It’s the globalized life in Kosovo that is really new — the crammed life of a young population stuck inside a frozen conflict, an ethnic canton, a tiny, not-yet-internationally recognized, European republic. Tensions abound in this little fishbowl of a country where all the great powers can look in, but none of the locals can escape. Unemployment, alcoholism, corruption, smuggling goods, smuggling people….

The shadow of another lost international regime, the Ottoman Empire, lies heavy here. There are still a few households where people speak old-fashioned Turkish, and besides, Turkey is nearby: NATO Turco-globalism, with Turkish soap operas, Turkish coffee, Turkish food, Turkish architecture and construction companies. Istanbul is the aspirational capital in southern Kosovo. If something is fancy, it’s in big-town Istanbul style.

The pride and joy of the locals is the major mosque built by the famous architect Sinan in the heyday of Suleiman the Magnificent. Muezzin towers abound in Prizren, and every one of them has a taped recital of the daily calls to prayer…The narrow streets of Prizren swarm with tourists, eating cheap, excellent street food paid for in euros. Kosovo is a NATO EU Muslim enclave; the “KFOR” units have been guarding it for the past two decades. Uniforms and jeeps mingle with the SUVs of wealthy local bosses, expensive private cars whose drivers despise the pedestrians. Modest Prizren has the pace of some much bigger city; locals seem tense and busy, and even the beggars are antic.

…Istanbul, Cairo, Baghdad are the urban shadows over this town, which is 90 percent Muslim…a projection about the Turkish soap opera industry stops them in their tracks…The coffee drinkers stop to cluster and marvel…These television dramas have fans in Greece, Bulgaria, Egypt, and Serbia, even — every district where Ottoman rule once held sway.

I myself have watched these serials, amazed and dazed. As an ex-Ottoman, ex-Yugoslav, ex-whatever-dies-next, it’s astonishing to see how much the Ottoman culture of unwritten laws, food and history persists in the 21st-century Balkans. The women in these soap operas don’t have any mild “first-world problems” — their dramatic conflicts involve child marriages, grandfathers who are tribal mafia, gangland honor killings. Some are cosmopolitan because they leave their state; others turn cosmopolitan because their empire bloodily crumbles around them.

On the way back to Serbia, there was a five-hour queue of cars on the Serbian border. Polite officers were deliberately slow, as if saying, “You wanted a border, and now you have it.” I remembered how, 100 years ago, my grandfather survived the Thessaloniki front, retreating through Albania with very few other Serbian soldiers who’d taken part in that war, far, far away from Serbia…My grandma never forgave my grandpa for fighting wars far away from his homeland as an idealistic fool. If he hadn’t come back, my mother never would have been born, and neither would I.

Time has come to quote Max Frisch, the Swiss writer in this useless, never-ending Serbo/Albanian conflict: I want to live for my country, not to die for it!

Must be nice to be above it all. And notice how the “Stop it already!” attitude we’ve come to expect from Western ignoramuses on this issue makes its entrance in typical fashion: following an illustration of Serbian bitterness or ‘misbehavior.’

Whether her title “Kosovo is Not Serbia” was meant in a political sense, or as a nutshell of her various observations about the place, I don’t know. But we already know that Turkish PM Erdogan agrees, as he made clear around this time last year:

Serbia: Turkish PM meddling with Kosovo statement (AFP, Oct. 25, 2013)

… “The declarations of the Turkish Prime Minister… represent a severe violation of international law and interference in Serbia’s internal affairs,” a Serbian government statement said. Erdogan’s comments “harm relations between Belgrade and Ankara and disturb efforts deployed by Serbia to normalise the situation in the region, notably in Kosovo,” it added.

Erdogan told a cheering crowd on Wednesday that “Kosovo is Turkey and Turkey is Kosovo,” emphasising the two nations’ shared history and culture. He was accompanied by his counterparts in Kosovo and Albania, Hashim Thaci and Edi Rama, respectively.

Turkey was among the first countries to recognise Kosovo’s independence.

It was also the first to tell Kosovo that, thanks to Turkey’s efforts, Pakistan would be recognizing its statehood; in fact, Kosovo is Turkey so much so that they were assigned the same Pakistani ambassador:

Pakistan recognises Kosovo (Dec. 24, 2012)

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan on Monday officially recognised Kosovo as an independent state…. “The Government of Pakistan has decided to accord recognition to the Republic of Kosovo. The decision has been made in accordance with aspirations of the people of Kosovo,” the Foreign Office said in a statement.

Pakistan is the 98th country among 193 UN-member states to recognise Kosovo, which declared independence on Feb 17, 2008.

Pakistan’s Ambassador to Turkey has been accredited to Kosovo as the country’s envoy.

Turkey has played a major role in convincing Pakistan to recognise Kosovo. Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan informed Kosovar Prime Minister Hashim Thaci about Islamabad’s decision even before it was officially announced.

Islamabad had supported Kosovo’s cause in the United Nations. However, it always shied away from officially recognising it because of implications of such a move. The unilateral declaration of independence by Kosovo was seen as a precedent for resolving ethnic conflicts on considerations other than territorial integrity of countries. It was also feared that the Kosovo principle could at a subsequent stage be applied to other separatist movements.

Kosovo as Turkey also can be seen in Kosovo’s language treatment:


Overcoming language barriers in Kosovo
(SETimes.com, Aug. 27, 2012)

…Albanian and Serbian are the official languages in Kosovo, and Turkish is in official use in the municipalities of Prizren, Gjilan and Mamusha…Nesa Milojevic, a Kosovo Serb from Kamenica, said[,] “…I see many times that the words [in Serbian] are written with grammatical mistakes and sometimes they sound funny…It might seem unimportant for the others, but being a Serb, those mistakes take your eye immediately.” …Shukran Bejtullahu, a member of the Turkish minority, says Turkish is not much used in Pristina in institutions or on official documents, “but it is much better in Prizren… [where] all institutions have their names written in Turkish as well.” […]

Serbia condemns Turkish PM Erdoğan’s remarks (Hurriyet Daily News, Oct. 25, 2013)


Kosovar Prime Minister Hashim Thaci (R) and his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, inspect an honour guard in Pristina’s main airport in Slatina on Oct 23. AP Photo

Serbia has condemned statements made by Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan during a speech given in Kosovo on Oct. 23…. “In the Republic of Serbia, such statements cannot be received as friendly. They depart from assurances that we get in contacts with Turkey’s top officials,” the Foreign Ministry said, according to the Serbian news agency Tanjug.

Erdoğan had given a speech during his visit to Kosovo’s Prizren, in which he said, “Kosovo is Turkey, and Turkey is Kosovo.” The prime minister further added that the two nations, Kosovo and Turkey, shared the same history and civilization.

“The town of Emperor Dusan [the greatest ruler of medieval Serbia] is probably the least adequate place for such statements. Everyone in the world knows that Kosovo is a Serbian word, and Serbia’s territory, even those who recognized that quasi-state,” the ministry said in a press release…

Serbia waits [for] an apology from Turkey, Davutoglu says no (The Journal of Turkish Weekly, Oct. 30, 2013)

…A couple days ago, Serbian President Tomislav Nikolic said he won’t take part in a Balkan initiative with Turkey….President Tomislav Nikolic on Saturday expects an apology for the “scandal” …He is pulling out of the initiative which [is] led by Turkey…on post-war Balkan stability. On last Sunday morning, Turkey’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Davutoglu called his Serbian counterpart Ivan Mrkic…Davutoglu claims that Serbia’s Media focuses on just one sentence of Erdogan and he stated that Erdogan’s Kosovo remarks [were] misunderstood in Serbia. Furthermore, Davutoglu emphasized the importance of tripartite talks between Bosnia, Serbia and Turkey in the phone call. Davutoglu indicates in his press statement that Turkey is not going to apologize because he says there is nothing serious for an apology.

Of course, Davutoglu may be holding a grudge because he still thinks the Bosnia death toll was three times what it was. Given that this Washington Post article last year was co-written by him and Bosnia’s foreign minister — both of them, uncannily, believing the death toll was triple what it was — we are reminded that Turkey and Bosnia, too, are one: “…After three years of war in Bosnia and Herzegovina, the death toll was more than 300,000….”

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