A terrorist charity operating for years in Kosovo since Western intervention in 1999 (as well as in Bosnia) has finally had its assets frozen by the U.S. Treasury, which last week finally designated it a terrorist organization. From a Treasury dispatch posted online:

Kuwaiti Charity Designated for Bankrolling al Qaida Network

Washington - The U.S. Department of the Treasury today designated the Kuwait-based Revival of Islamic Heritage Society (RIHS) for providing financial and material support to al Qaida and al Qaida affiliates, including Lashkar e-Tayyiba, Jemaah Islamiyah, and Al-Itihaad al-Islamiya. RIHS has also provided financial support for acts of terrorism.

…Stuart Levey, Under Secretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence [said,] “RIHS has used charity and humanitarian assistance as cover to fund terrorist activity and harm innocent civilians, often in poor and impoverished regions…”

The RIHS offices in Afghanistan (RIHS-Afghanistan) and Pakistan (RIHS-Pakistan) were designated by the U.S. Government and the United Nations 1267 Committee in January 2002 based on evidence of their support for al Qaida. At that time, there was no evidence that the Kuwait-based RIHS headquarters (RIHS-HQ) knew that RIHS-Afghanistan and RIHS-Pakistan were financing al Qaida.

Since that time, however, evidence has mounted implicating RIHS-HQ in terrorism support activity…Suspected of providing support to terrorism, RIHS offices have been closed or raided by the governments of Albania, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Cambodia, and Russia.

In countries where RIHS activities are banned or scrutinized by local governments, RIHS-HQ has developed multiple methods to continue its operations. After the Government of Bangladesh closed RIHS offices, RIHS-HQ funneled money into Bangladesh through another organization to continue RIHS activities and to help shield it from scrutiny there…In some countries, including Albania and Kosovo in particular, RIHS senior officials have assisted RIHS branch offices with name changes, and then continued to provide financial support to the new organizations.

Keep in mind that, officially, until this report last week — there are no terrorist or Islamist organizations operating in Kosovo, according to our government. So let’s see. We’re at mid-June, 2008, whereas published work on this terrorist charity operating in Kosovo had appeared in both Serbian and Albanian media in November 2007 (and that’s just the most recent), and Chris Deliso’s 2007 book mentions that the news broke about RIHS activities in Bosnia in June 2006. First, the local media on RIHS in Kosovo:

BBC Monitoring International Reports - November 26, 2007 Monday

Text of report by Serbian private independent news agency FoNet

Pristina, 24 November: The Pristina-based [tabloid] Express reported today that the Arabic organization Islamic Heritage Revival Society, which the US and the UN characterize as an organization linked to terrorism, is operating in Kosovo as a humanitarian society.

According to the paper, the Bosnia-Hercegovina judiciary is looking for the head of this organization, Utam Alihadidar [name as received].

Although former organization members told Express that it had not been operating in Kosovo for some time, the paper has managed to find reliable documents confirming that the organization is still active in Kosovo. […]

And from Deliso’s The Coming Balkan Caliphate:

Indeed, the continued resilience of terrorist-linked charities in Bosnia is indicative of this paralysis [of the Sarajevo government to clean up its backyard]. In June 2006, the news broke that an al Qaeda-linked charity, the Kuwait-based Revival of Islamic Heritage Society (RIHS), was nevertheless flourishing in Bosnia. Although it had taken care to change its structure and address, this radical Wahhabi group was openly announcing its “humanitarian” projects and had received some 14 million euros into its accounts in two Bosnian banks….The money came directly from its high-leve sponsors in Kuwait. The RIHS had been blacklisted by the Bush administration years earlier in Afghanistan and Pakistan, collaborated with Ayman al-Zawahiri’s Egyptian Islamic Jihad in Albania during the 1990s, stoked religious unrest in Azerbaijan, and was blamed for involvement in 500 simultaneous bombings carried out in Bangladesh on August 18, 2005.

On June 2nd, a column by Balkans security analyst Ioannis Michaletos also mentioned the terrorist charity:

Developments on Balkan Islamic terrorism

The previous days witnessed a series of revelations and developments regarding the spread of Islamic terrorists in the Balkans, many of those active for the better part of the last decade and virtually untouched by the authorities up to date.

In the former Yugoslavic Republic of Macedonia, the Imam Bekir Halimi, was arrested recently by the authorities in Skopje due to his involvement in illegal funding by pro-terrorist organization. The Albanian descent Halimi received 2,115 euros payments from the Kuwaiti Organization “Revival Islamic Heritage Society” – RIHS.

…The organization operated over the previous years in Kosovo, Bosnia and Albania, whilst it seems that it aimed at penetrating FYROM through Bekir Halimi’s actions. According to reliable information [Halimi] was under supervision by the local security forces and he was also about to complete his work by importing into the country, radical Islamic figures from the Middle East.

The Balkans remains a hot bed for the Islamic driven terrorism in Europe and it should be noted that they still remain a convenient entrance for the transfer of radicals from the Middle East…

Mickey Bozinovich at Serbianna.com reminds us how this all began, and how the hijackers who have been calling themselves the U.S. Government for the past 20 years endanger Americans:

Kosovo is a Serbian province violently overtaken by Islamic Albanian extremists that have declared independence in February that got recognized by Washington and several other countries.

Kosovo’s Islamic separatists are actively courting Islamic countries seeking their recognition.

Although for the Western media Kosovo’s Islamic separatists say that the constitution they are promulgating today is “a modern act that protects human rights and ethnic minorities’ rights” on Islamic media the ruling Kosovo Muslims present their “country” as an Islamic Sheikdom of Kosovo.

“We need Muslim assistance to join international organizations such as the United Nations,” says Kosovo’s Muslim Albanian separatist Abdullah Klinako.

In a February email, former OSCE security chief in Kosovo Tom Gambill also reminded of the big picture:

We…supported the Islamic extremist[s] and KLA to murder innocent Serbs and Albanians; supporting the Albanian Mafia; inviting them to our Fourth of July celebrations at the Embassy as I met two of them personally — Xhevit Haliti and Ramush H[aradinaj] — dangerous guys.

…I gave assessments in meeting after meeting that Russia and China would go to war over Kosovo because of the big picture. The precedence that it would set. The example that it would set was the exact reason that we supported kosovo independence…

An Army Warrant Officer in intelligence at Camp Bondsteel and a Major over the period were really pissed off at my retort that Kosovo belonged to Serbia long before Albanians got there, that Al Qaeda was running [amuck]… in Kosovo [with] impunity. They even had their damn RIHS stenciled on the side of their cars for goodness sake. A CivPol Officer sneaked me a report and picture as he was told by his AMERICAN supervisor to file it…

Finally, just a related report about another such “charity”:

Saudis financed terror in Kosovo (From July 2007)

Confidential reports by the Central Intelligence Agency have found that a prominent Saudi banking family, Al Rajhi, is a major financier of jihadist activities in Kosovo and Bosnia and their bank, the Al Rajhi Bank, is the most favored bank by the world’s extremists to funnel money for violent Muslim activities across the globe.

“There is no reliable estimate of how much the Al Rajhis have given to promote Islam over the years,” assesses the Wall Street Journal after examining the secret CIA documents, [concluding] that the “overseas money went to aid embattled Muslims in Kosovo, Chechnya and the Palestinian territories and to finance Islamic instruction.”

The Journal says that in the aftermath of 9/11 the American officials agonized over what to do about the bank’s financing of terror.

The Al Rajhi name also [be]came prominent in Bosnia after [the seizure of] “golden chain” documents listing [the] world’s major donors of such Jihad[s] as in Bosnia and Kosovo.

“A 2003 German police report said Sulaiman Al Rajhi and other family members had contributed more than $200,000 in 1993 to a charity that financed weapons for Islamic militants in Bosnia, in addition to providing humanitarian aid,” [the Wall St. Journal reported].

A Jidda-based charity called the International Islamic Relief Organization (IIRO), arranges for Muslim donors to send their money directly to the Al Rajhi Bank. The International Islamic Relief Organization has its branches in Kosovo.

The UN has labeled the IIRO branches and some of its officials as al Qaeda supporters.

In April of 2000, NATO forces raided a house rented by the SJRC [Saudi Joint Relief Committee] in Pristina, Kosovo, because the organization was acting as a cover for several Usama bin Laden operatives, including SJRC former directors Adel Muhammad Sadi Bin Kazem and Wael Hamza Julaidan who is the Secretary General of the Rabita Trust in Pakistan and co-founder of Al-Qaida….According to the official publication of the Islamic Community in the Balkans, the Preporod, Saudis [had] promised financial support in the 1990s for waging jihad in the former Yugoslavia explicitly citing Bosnia and Kosovo as the Islamic targets of interest.

While we’re on the subject of Saudi “aid” to Bosnia and Kosovo, here is a photo of a street sign in Riyadh, Sauddi Arabia. Note the name of one of the upcoming streets. It’s named after the “secular, nominally Muslim” fundamentalist Muslim wartime Bosnian president Alija Izetbegovic: