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Bosnia bomb probe finds weapons, Islamist link seen

SARAJEVO (Reuters) - Bosnian police have uncovered a large cache of weapons and detained a new suspect in the course of their inquiry into a June bomb attack that killed one policeman and injured six others, the prosecutor’s office said.

The attack, outside a police station in the town of Bugojno, was one of the most serious security incidents in the Balkan country since an ethnic war ended in 1995.

Shortly after the blast, police arrested the suspected mastermind and his helper — both believed to be followers of the radical Sunni Muslim Wahhabi sect.

In a statement on Monday, the prosecutor’s office gave an update on the state of the investigation.

“A major quantity of weapons, military equipment and explosives found in the wider area of Bugojno, is believed to have been designated for criminal or terrorist acts,” it said.

A new suspect was being questioned by police and would be handed over to the state prosecutor, the statement added.

The prosecutor’s office delined to provide details on when the weapons were discovered and the additional arrest made, but local media reported that it happened last week.

The Wahhabi sect has taken root in Bosnia under the influence of Islamists from abroad, some of whom stayed on after fighting alongside Bosnian Muslims during the 1992-95 war.

Police have stepped up efforts to curtail the small but vocal Wahhabi groups. In February they raided a community in the northern village of Gornja Maoca and arrested several men accused of trying to destabilise the fragile country.

The fight against militancy and organised crime is a requirement for visa-free travel for Bosnians in the European Union and for closer ties with the bloc.

Otherwise, why bother?

More Bugojno connections here.

In February there was a major police action in the notorious radical stronghold of Gornja Maoca. Located at the juncture of Serbia, Croatia and Bosnia, and near a major roadway, this town briefly became a focus for investigators immediately after 9/11, and has come up repeatedly as a problem since. (Including as the nexus of the planned rocket attack on world leaders at Pope John Paul II’s 2005 funeral, which naturally went virtually unreported.) Here is what happened in February:

Bosnia: Police raids target radical Islamist stronghold

Sarajevo, 2 Feb. (AKI) - Bosnian anti-terror police on Tuesday raided the northeastern Bosnian village of Gornja Maoca, a stronghold of conservative Muslims. Women were reportedly among some ten Wahabis detained by police for questioning.

The villagers are suspected of “jeopardising Bosnia’s constitutional order and spreading national, racial and religious hatred,” the Bosnian prosecutor’s office said in a statement.

The operation was carried out by 600 police officers and was the largest since the end of the country’s 1992-95 war, according to Bosnia’s state prosecutors.

Police also said they uncovered a large quantity of weapons from a number of buildings searched during the raids.

Bosnia’s largest Wahabi community lives in Gornja Maoca, near the northeastern town of Brcko. The village is reported to be run according to Sharia law and its inhabitants reported to have connections to Islamist terrorist networks.

Police searched another location, in the Gornji Rahic area, also close to Brcko, seizing computers, cell phones and other equipment from the home of a Wahabi there, Serbian media reported.

Many followers of the Wahabi movement in Bosnia are Arabs who fought on the side of local Muslims during the war. [Note: And many are not.]

Many have remained in the country after the war, indoctrinating local youths and even operating terrorist training camps, western intelligence sources have said.

Most Wahabi homes fly black Islamic flags, and the children [are taught in Arabic and] do not attend public schools - a violation of the Bosnian laws. Local road signs are reported to be in Arabic.

Immediately after the raid, the Muslim propaganda machine went into motion to portray the police action as an attack on human rights in Bosnia, as Serbianna’s Mickey Bozinovich reported at the time:

Bosnian Muslims are actively seeking Amnesty International’s official condemnation of recent arrests of Bosnian Muslim Wahhabis as a violation of human rights….Bosnian Muslim activist with the Amnesty International (AI), Nadja Dizdarevic, said that the raid on the Wahhabi radicals in Bosnian village of Gornja Maoca is yet another attack on human rights in Bosnia and she plans to inform the AI headquarters in London about it.

Dizdarevic said that the attacks on the Wahhabi leader Nusret Imamovic are based on insinuation and that Imamovic’s replacement of Bosnian state law with Islamic Sharia in that village does not represent treason.

Dizdarevic is also a wife of Hajj Boudella, one of five Algerians ordered released from Guantanamo Bay prison [in 2008].

At the same time, Bosnian Muslim Mufti Husein Kavazovic demands that authorities give Imamovic basic “religious rights” while held in jail.

Meanwhile, Bosnian Muslim political leaders like Silajdzic and Tihic are silent about the raid and the silence is about as much as they said about all the foreign-born mujahedeen that came to Bosnia, domiciled [and] then, as leading terror scholars say, became involved in virtually every terror attack across the globe.

The outspoken Bosnian Muslim terror analyst, Dzevad Galijasevic, warned in the past several days that…“We have a serious problem…No one important from Sarajevo, Sulejman Tihic, Haris Silajdzic, Bakir Izetbegovic (son of Alija Izetbegovic honored by Saudi Arabia), nor did reis [chief Bosnian Imam] try to offer support [for the police] and now they have made a front. Police is literally left lonely, but the police must continue its action or we will have a foiled action like the case in Pogorelic.”

In the Pogorelic case, official Bosnian Muslim state officials were involved in terror planning and cooperation with Iran and a text on that event can be found here as a rough Google translation from Serbian.

Now that the Bosnian Muslim police is isolated and portrayed as going against their own people, Galijasevic says that the prosecutors are making a mistake for parading publicly with claims that these Wahhabis are Islamic terrorists while officially they are not charging the arrested with terror.

Galijasevic, once a mayor of Maglaj, says that what was found in Maoca (see my previous post) is nothing but what was available to be seen on the surface of the village.

Galijasevic says that Maoca is loaded with underground bunkers that are full with weapons and munition. He says that these Wahhabis are also loaded with money.

[Another Bosnian-Muslim analyst named Esad] Hacimovic also notes the global dimension of the arrested Wahhabis. He says that the Maoca Wahhabis are connected to the Vienna based Kelimetul Haqq organization of Bosnian Muslims that advocates extremist views of Abu Muhammad al Maqdisi.

Al Maqdisi is the spiritual leader of Abu Mus’ab Al-Zarqawi whom, we can recall, was beheading all sorts of people in Iraq and was subsequently “terminated” by the US troops.

Viennese media, some of which has been ridiculing all these Wahhabi warnings either as Serbian propaganda or an overblown rhetoric, seem to be behind the loop as to what sort of groundwork for Europe is being laid from their city.

A few more details in this report.

…The Bosniak language site [run by the Gornja Maoca Wahhabi group] carries statements by the al-Qaeda and Islamic groups fighting in the Caucasus. It commemorates suicide bombers as the most joyful people among Muslims and displays dozens of photos of young ‘martyrs’ with smiles on their faces after carrying out missions against the ‘infidel’.

For Dzevad Galijasevic, member of a Sarajevo counter terrorism team, “the village [of Gornja Maoca] is only one of the arms of the octopus that is spreading everywhere in the region.”

In an interview with the Federal Sarajevo TV, Galijasevic said that the presence of the Wahhabi group in Gornja Maoca only “distracts attention from activities in Sarajevo.”

“The head of the octopus is in the King Fahd Mosque, where the Wahhabis and other extremists carry out their business unimpeded and even meet the members of international criminal groups,” he said.

Galijasevic was referring to the November 2009 arrest of three radical Muslims charged with terrorism offences and weapons trafficking by a Bosnian court…

The arrest last month of five Wahhabis in Kosovo who assaulted a government worker for distributing bibles in his free time was compared to the “anti-humanitarian” shutting down of the Gornja Maoca cell by some Bosnian Islamists, who went on “to blame the arrests on Serbian influence over the Kosovo police,” as Stephen Suleyman Ahmad al-Kosovi Schwartz wrote last week on his Weakly Standard blog.

As we know, the “Serbian influence” and “Serbian spy” accusations are popularly employed whenever Bosnian or Kosovo authorities go against either Islamist or Albanianist activities. And it’s certainly not a ploy of just fringe elements in the Balkans (as evidenced above by Austrian media dutifully referring to “Serbian propaganda). It also happened to Galijasevic in 2008 — by Bosnia’s most popular daily newspaper:

Main Bosnian Muslim daily campaigns against terror expert (BBC Monitoring Europe, text from Dnevni avaz in Sarajevo, Sep 27, 2008)

A Bosnian anti-terrorism expert has been the subject of an unprecedented attack by the country’s main Muslim daily Dnevni avaz. The Sarajevo publication mounted a scathing attack against Dzevad Galijasevic on 27 September headlined “Dzevad Galijasevic’s special war against Bosnia and Bosnian Muslims”. Galijasevic recently became a member of the Expert Team of South Eastern Europe for Fighting Terrorism and Organized Crime which was formed in Zagreb on 19 September. The team includes terror experts from Bosnia, Croatia and Serbia.

Galijasevic described as traitor

Dnevni avaz says that Galijasevic, himself a Bosnian Muslim, is employed by the Bosnian Serbs to systematically spread stories about Bosnia as a breeding ground for Islamist terrorists.

“Bosnia-Hercegovina is in the system of organized international terrorism, and the future mujahidin and terrorists are being recruited there,” the daily quotes Galijasevic as saying and warning that “the recruitment is done in mosques, and they are mostly recruiting young people and children of the shehids [Islamic martyrs]”.

“Such Galijsevic’s statements may even provoke someone into attacking him physically, although this is the last thing that we would need. People like him cannot wait for someone to attack or threaten them, or at least to give them a nasty look,” the main Sarajevo daily said in conclusion.

However, the daily failed to block a series of threats against Galijasevic which swamped its website’s comment section after the article was posted.

Hundreds of Dnevni avaz readers commented on the article with a large number calling for Galijasevic’s head. “He should be hanged by his testicles” and “pour petrol on him and set him on fire” are some of the recommendations for ways to deal with “the man who is a greater monster than Karadzic and Mladic” and whose “bones should be spat out by the earth” when he dies.

However a number of participants in the debate praised Galijasevic’s afforts to warn against the threat poised by radical Islamists in Bosnia. “It is not Galijasevic’s fault that Usamah Bin-Ladin was issued a Bosnian passport”, says one of the participants in the discussion which is also joined by Domagoj Margetic, the Croatian member of the anti-terrorism expert team. Margetic defends his Bosnian colleague, often using quotes form his book on Islamist terrorism in the Balkans, but many of his comments are removed by the Dnevni avaz web moderator who failed to do so with the threats against Galijasevic.

The latest attack on Galijasevic came after his and Margetic’s Expert Team of South Eastern Europe for Fighting Terrorism and Organized Crime called for the publication of the Hague tribunal’s indictment against the late Alija Izetbegovic, SDA founder and Muslim wartime leader. The expert team believes that the publication of the indictment would reveal his party’s role in Bosnian imports of Islamist and Wahhabi warriors and ideology…

While we can be heartened that there are still Bosnians who aren’t “like that” — as evidenced by those readers praising Galijasevic’s efforts — let’s consider the overwhelmingly negative Bosniak reaction to Galijasevic’s anti-terror efforts. Especially, consider the significance of the editors at the MAIN BOSNIAN-MUSLIM DAILY NEWSPAPER going after Galijasevic and being happy to allow multiple threats to appear in the comments section but not comments about terrorism in the Balkans. And what does it say about Bosnia when an anti-terror expert is deemed a “traitor” to begin with? That’s not even mentioning the conspicuous fact, as outlined in the earlier Serbianna report, that Bosnia’s political and religious leadership — which can’t be entirely non-representative of the Bosnian public — is isolating law enforcement that goes after terror cells, keeping silent or outright denying terror havens in Bosnia, and apparently actively involved with terror planning with Iran? This is the “not like that” Bosnia we keep hearing about and defending?

One more note on Gornja Maoca, from Nebojsa Malic:

Issued Bosnian citizenship by the grateful Izetbegovic government, [the mujahedeen] married local women, and settled in villages whose Christian inhabitants were killed or expelled during the war. One such village is Gornja Maoca (formerly Karavlasi), in the north of the country.

For years, Bosnian law enforcement and international intelligence and security outfits have kept an eye on the village. One of the investigations focused on the terrorist recruitment of Muslims living in Europe, and the trail led straight to Maoca.

Of course, official Sarajevo vehemently denies there are any terrorists or terrorist sympathizers in Bosnia. But just a few years ago, one senior American official said that the “international community” was well aware of them, and preferred to leave them be.

If there are terrorists and terrorist sympathizers in Bosnia, why would the government act like it wasn’t so? I think we know the answer by now.

In a related 2007 item, we learn that “most” of the “moderate/secular/non-religious/not-like- that/Europeanized” Bosniaks in Serbia’s Novi Pazar “believe that 90% of Wahhabis are in no way involved in crime, that they are only utterly devoted to their religion and the mosque, and that they pose no threat to the state”:

BBC MONITORING INTERNATIONAL REPORTS (Text of report by Serbian newspaper Vecernje novosti on 23 March, 2007: “Silence More Dangerous Than Weapons”)

Fear of extremists and their evil plans is still felt in Novi Pazar a week after the discovery of a terrorist camp on Mt Ninaja and the arrest of four Wahhabis….More than the “bearded men from the forest,” residents of Novi Pazar, at least those that are prepared to talk about it, are worried by the silence of the local politicians and the absence of a public condemnation of obvious terrorism.

There are also attempts to sweep everything under the carpet, to hush it all up and blame the discovery of the camp, the arrest of the Wahhabis, and the exposure of their intentions on Belgrade media for “unnecessarily heightening tension.” It is precisely due to this attitude to obvious problems that Novi Pazar has been featuring on the pages of world press as a town of crime (described as a “black spot” in the latest US State Department report), of growingly impoverished people, a town to move out from.

“Until terrorism is proven, nobody has the right to call these people terrorists and condemn them in advance,” the Sandzak Human Rights Committee and Sandzak Intellectual Circle nongovernmental organization, which is co-chaired by Semiha Kacar and Ramiz Crnisanin, insists in a statement.

“The police statement about the capture of ‘Wahhabi terrorists’ and the way in which media reported it only stokes an atmosphere of fear and disturbs the people of Sandzak. We demand an exhaustive investigation and respect for the rights of the suspects, against whom methods of coercion must not be used,” it is stressed in the statement of this nongovernmental organization, which strongly attacked Colonel Momir Stojanovic at the time when he first warned that Sandzak was under threat from Islamic extremists.

“Not all Muslims are Wahhabis and not all Wahhabis are terrorists. However, what was found on Mt Ninaja clearly shows that somebody was planning terrorist operations,” Mirko Popovac of the Serb Democratic Union stresses.

“We all saw that large quantities of explosives and armour piercing ammunition were found in that camp,” Vujica Tiosavljevic, chairman of the New Serbia Municipal Committee and deputy chairman of the Novi Pazar Municipal Assembly, says. Tiosavljevic insists that this development will drive away the few domestic and foreign businessmen that were prepared to invest in Novi Pazar.

Most Bosniaks [Muslim Slavs] in Novi Pazar believe that 90 per cent of Wahhabis are in no way involved in crime, that they are only utterly devoted to their religion and the mosque, and that they pose no threat to the state.

“The security situation in Novi Pazar is not good: there are drugs, shootings, bomb fights, murders, corruption, and so on. There are moving about the town some armed and dangerous men, so-called tough guys, ready to pull a gun at the drop of a hat and endanger innocent lives. The greatest responsibility for this situation rests with the police, but we all of us that live in this town have our share of the responsibility as well,” says Camil Hubic, president of the District Court and a rare resident of Novi Pazar that is constantly drawing attention to the danger of organized crime.

Although the situation in this part of the Raska [Sandzak] region is highly volatile, the mayors of Novi Pazar and Sjenica, Sulejman Ugljanin and Esad Zornic, respectively, have made no statements as yet. The security
committees, which have the duty to review the current security situation, have not convened, either. People are confused and the leaders’ silence opens scope for all sorts of speculations.

Finally, just a reminder that “The majority of [Bosniak] respondents (69 per cent) were against the presence of the Wahhabi interpretation and practice of Islam in B-H. Nevertheless, every ninth citizen expressed a certain level of support to the presence of this form of Islam (12.9 per cent).

We keep hearing from government officials including those of the criminal enterprise known as the State Department that Kosovo is a “unique” case, because of the “special circumstances” surrounding the dissolution of Yugoslavia and so on. For anyone requiring a de-coder of our government’s language concerning anything Serb-related, those “special circumstnaces” are: Since in every chapter of the break-up of Yugoslavia, the Serbs got screwed, it’s important to stay consistent. The ’special circumstances’ of Yugoslavia’s breakup have to do with the golden rule governing Western machinations in the Balkans that I’ve frequently mentioned: The Serbs Lose. That’s the “special circumstances”. So because of these special circumstances, when it comes to Kosovo the Serbs likewise must lose — including the majority-Serb Northern Mitrovica which isn’t being “allowed” by the U.S. to stay with Serbia. Here is an apt illustration, via a June 1993 letter-to-the-editor in the Jerusalem Post by a Samuel Hassid of Haifa, of the fact that what applies to all of humanity does not apply to Serbs. Note how little has changed:

…A) Is there any argument that can justify the right of Bosnia to secede from Yugoslavia, but deny the same right to the Bosnian Serbs — one third of Bosnia’s population? Why is the Serb Bosnian parliament “self-styled,” “self-proclaimed”, “tribal” or “so-called,” yet these terms are not applied to the parliaments of the seceding republics?

Let Mr. Vance [of the Vance-Owen precursor to the Dayton accords] be reminded that, when Virginia seceded from the Union in 1861, West Virginia was allowed to secede from Virginia. Let Lord Owen be reminded that when Ireland seceded from the UK in the early Twenties, Northern Ireland’s six provinces decided to remain in the UK, and that, in 1948, Lord Mountbatten divided the State of Bengal between India and Pakistan, against the objections of the Moslem leadership.

B) What makes the leaders of Serbia “ex-communists,” whereas the same attribute is not applied to leaders of other ex-Yugoslav republics, even though they belonged to the Communist Party of ex-Yugoslavia?

C) What Serb atrocities cannot be measured against those committed by the Croat and Moslem “allies” against each other, not to speak of the Bosnian Serb enemy? How can one condemn the Serbs for civilian casualties caused by artillery fire against enemy positions, yet support air attacks by the allies, though these are likely to cause much more of what they call “collateral damage,” i.e. civilian casualties?

D) Ethnic cleansing is barbaric and criminal, but what is the reason that one million Serbs have left their homes in Croatia and Bosnia? Why do some Western media talk of Bosnian refugees, but Serb “evacuees” — obviously implying that some have a lesser claim to humanity than others?

E) You claim that the Bosnian Serbs are encouraged by world inaction. The truth is that nowhere in the world — except for Kuwait…are the great powers so massively involved as in Bosnia….The ex-UN commander in Bosnia, General MacKenzie, blames the great powers for raising expectations of intervention, encouraging the Moslems to refuse even to talk with their Serb fellow citizens.

– Samuel Hassid, Haifa

On a related note, and this may ring familiar to anyone following Palestinian-Israeli news, the language that is used in reporting on Serbs as opposed to their Bosnian, Croatian, Albanian and other haters is very specific. While what the latter say is reported credulously as fact, anything coming from the Serbian side comes out as “The Serbs claim…”, “The Serbs believe…”; “The Serbs have accused…”

Note the language of this sentence in a Reuters article that appeared two months after 9/11: “Some Serb politicians have accused Muslim former president Alija Izetbegovic of wartime contacts with bin Laden associates.”

In fact, British journalist Eve-Ann Prentice, who died a few months ago from cancer, testified at the Milosevic trial in February 2006 that while waiting for an interview with President Izetbegovic at his offices in November 1994, she had observed Osama bin Laden passing through for a meeting with the president. Hague judge Patrick Robinson quickly switched off her microphone before she could finish her testimony.

Interestingly, the dateline of the Reuters article is from a Bosnian town by the name of Gornja Maoca, which I mentioned just this week as having been the locus of the 2005 bomb plot against world leaders attending the funeral of Pope John Paul II. Again, that plot was disrupted thanks to Bosnian-Serb intelligence, no doubt following up on some wild Serbian “claims.”

In another example, as a Serbian terror expert, Darko Trifunovic and his findings can only be considered “Serbian claims”, though this AKI article cites “a report in the Italian Corriere della Sera daily [that] seems to lend support to Trifunovic’s claim that Islamic extremists are operating in the Balkans.” The piece also confirms the al Qaeda-Bosnia connections that are otherwise only ever attributed to “Serbian claims”, much like the now apparent realities of the Green Corridor and Greater Albania, heretofore labeled “Serbian myths” and “Serbian propaganda”.

As always, the West prefers Islamic propaganda to Serbian “propaganda”, and this is what drives our Kosovo policy, which swallows and propagates the Muslim-spun notion of that province’s “special circumstances.” And here we arrive at the true meaning of Islamophobia. For that is what dictates Western policy.

As I’ve written before, “phobia” implies an irrational fear, but there is nothing irrational about fearing Islam. It is the most rational fear since the dawn of man. But this fear becomes pathological when our leaders prematurely hand over our society before the Muslims have even taken over, accelerating the pace of that takeover. It’s interesting that Muslim leaders, spokesmen and defenders don’t publicly recognize such maneuvers for the Islamophobic cowering that they are. And of course that’s because it’s the ‘correct’ kind of Islamophobia for their Western yes men to display; it is the Islamophobia of dhimmis. Ironically, it’s those who dare to stand up to Islam’s incursions who are labeled Islamophobes.

Our pro-Muslim Islamophobia has led us to something truly irrational — Serbophobia. Serbophobia is our bizarre hatred and demonization of Serbs, at whose expense we manifest our fear of Muslims. But the term is actually a misnomer, since no fear is involved. It’s precisely a lack of fear of Serbs, who have only ever been the opposite of a threat to Americans, that allows us to project our fears of Muslims onto them. No one and nothing that is truly evil and worth fearing is treated as dismissively as we treat the Serbs.

Let that be the guide by which to discern whom our leaders fear, and whom they do not. It will help determine who is evil and should be considered the enemy.

To close, here is an example of the knee-slapping Serbophobia promised in the title of the post, from a Nov. 1998 London Times article by former U.N. military commander in Bosnia Sir Michael Rose, in which he writes about a visit by Clinton-appointed former Supreme Allied commander for Europe, Gen. John Galvin:

We were escorted by a woman from the US Embassy as we flew towards Tusla. She pointed at all the destroyed villages and exclaimed excitedly ‘Look at what the criminal Serbs have done’. In fact they were Bosnian Croat villages ethnically cleansed by the Muslims…Later (we) visited Mostar where the Croats had virtually destroyed the Muslim sector. The US official cried: ‘Well at least this was done by the criminal Serbs.’ The woman burst into tears when it was pointed out that the Croats had been to blame.

Note: The fact that Croatian shelling ultimately destroyed the Mostar Bridge didn’t prevent the Christian Science Monitor from reporting that it was the Serbs, as a contact at the Serbian embassy in Tel-Aviv recalled:

When I was in Washington D.C., the breakup of Yugoslavia started, and from the very first moments, the media in general was biased. I mentioned Christian Science Monitor, when the bridge on Neretva, in Mostar BiH [Bosnia-Hercegovina], the very old bridge, centuries and centuries old was torn down by Croatian forces and it was well known that they have done it. But at the time, CSM [The Monitor] shows the picture of the torn bridge with big letters ‘Serbian forces bombed the bridge.’ The correction was made, few days later, somewhere in the corner of the paper on the last pages, stating the mistake, that it wasn’t Serbs but Croats. Nevertheless, as we all know, the first information is always remembered and stays in the memory.

From Chris Deliso’s The Coming Balkan Caliphate:

Fears of Wahhabi militancy materialized on March 17, 2007, when Serbian police discovered a large cache of weapons in a remote mountain cave outside of Novi Pazar [in Serbia’s Sandzak region]. According to AP, “police found large quantities of plastic explosives, ammunition, face masks, military uniforms, bombs, food, water and other equipment,” as well as “propaganda terrorist material, military survival instructions, geographic charts and several CDs.”

The Wahhabis arrived in the Sandzak just a decade ago, from Bosnia….They came with the support of the radical, mujahedin-connected Active Islamic Youth, and have since been supported by Sarajevo radicals backed by Arab money funneled through Islamic charities in Vienna, as well as through diaspora channels in Sweden, Austria, and the United Kingdom. It is important to remember that this geographical progression of radicalism could not have existed without the deliberate installation of a foreign-funded charity and terrorist network, originally conceived by the West as a lifeline for the beleaguered Bosnian Muslim government of Izetbegovic against the Serbs, created under the watchful eye of the Clinton administration and German and Austrian intelligence.

Similarly, we infested Kosovo with Wahhabis, terrorists and radicals of all stripes, while dismantling a highly effective Serbian border patrol and security apparatus there and handing control over to heroin- and sex-traffickers, gangsters and jihad-connected “former” KLA. With our gifts to the Balkans in mind, let’s recall two incidents, also from Deliso:


Sixteen months after the Madrid bombings, Serbian police “accidentally” found one of the key suspects in that plot, Moroccan citizen Abdelmajid Bouchar, while he was transiting through the country by train, probably in search of a safe haven in Bosnia or Kosovo. Bouchar had narrowly escaped capture at the hands of the Spanish police after the bombings, and subsequently fled to Brussels. However, since his network there has been disrupted by police, the Moroccan headed south for the Balkans, spending time in Austrian and Hungarian jails along the way. However, police in these countries failed to take the basic step of doing an Interpol fingerprint check on the futitive, and it would not be until their Serbian colleagues did so in July 2005 that the wanted terrorist was arrested and extradited back to Spain.


While it received almost no media attention…a rocket attack [was planned] on the major world leaders, as they assembled at the funeral of Pope John Paul II in Rome on April 8, 2005…[Given] that the would-be attack was planned in a backwater Bosnian village, it is surprising that the plot received hardly a mention in the international media. Quite possibly, the full story would have been highly embarrassing for the many Clinton-era holdovers in government and think tanks who had made careers on the myth of the Bosnian Muslims as the benevolent victims and the Bosnian Serbs as bloodthirsty, anti-Western oppressors. Indeed, according to University of Belgrade terrorism expert Darko Trifunovic, despite the fact that Italy and Croatia took the credit for stopping the plot, “the intelligence originally came from the RS (Bosnian Serb Republic) services, which had their own sources in the area, and was given to the Italians in February 2005.”

According to Trifunovic, Bosnian Serb intelligence agents operating in the Muslim half of the federation discovered that terrorists in a small northeastern village, Gornja Maoca, were planning to attack the papal funeral with rocket launchers. The RS government shared this information with its Italian and Croatian colleagues, some two months before the event was to take place. However, the latter two countries only acted at the last minute. One day before the funeral, a Zagreb apartment was raided, yielding explosives; on the day of the funeral itself, two men were nabbed in Rome. According to Trifunovic, one of them, Said Rexhematovic, was a Bosnian and member of the radical group, Active Islamic Youth…The other man was an Italian convert to Islam, found in the possession of 11 rocket launchers, C-4 explosives, and detonation caps. Four months later, police in Croatia would arrest five more Bosnians involved with the plot, following a request from Italian military intelligence. For Trifunovic, “the fact that a village as small as Gornja Maoca could become a center for plotting major international terrorist attacks — this shows how dangerous is the international jihad network established in Bosnia during the war.”

With each passing day, Bosnia becomes more and more of a terror hub — with Bosnia itself the target as often as not, because of its on-and-off cooperation with the U.S. (for example, finally giving in to U.S. demands to deport the leftover mujahedin). As more and more Balkans-based plans against the U.S. materialize, Serbia and the Bosnian-Serb Republic, with their extensive knowledge of the region and their long-cultivated sources, are well-placed to disrupt those plots, just as they disrupted the Pope Funeral plot and just as they intercepted the Madrid-bombing terrorist.

Of course, whether the Serbs feel like doing so, and whether they feel like sharing such intel findings with us, is entirely up to them.

Let’s keep that in mind in between kicks to the Serbian groin.