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Al Qaeda's European attack route is the Balkans, new report claims
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Posted on 10/31/2003 1:00:14 PM PST by alternatediscourse

Al Qaeda's European attack route is the Balkans, new report claims

by Chrostopher Deliso in Skopje

First Published on the balkanalysis.com

A provocative report from the US Congressional Task Force on Terrorism and Unconventional Warfare claims that the Balkans is about to heat up again as an Islamic terrorist base. This surpasses traditional nationalist rifts, claims author Yossef Boddansky, and is intended to increase al Qaeda infiltration. Thus the Balkan operations would be ultimately controlled by the Evil One, OBL.

However, it remains to be seen to what extent this is true. Boddansky does not cite sources, and his assessment for Bosnia is more likely to be accurate than his view on Macedonia, for example.

The report, dated 19 September 2003, states that "... starting in mid-August 2003, radical Islamist leaders elevated the role of the terrorism infrastructure in the Balkans as a key facilitator of a proposed escalation of conflict into the heart of Europe, Israel and the United States."

Apparently, the elevation of one Shahid Emir Mussa Ayzi- a veteran of Afghanistan with close al Qaeda and Taliban ties- to coordinate and run special recruitment operations is the ominous development here.

In what canít be a compliment to anyone, Boddansky states the new goal as making jihadis of the "Slavs" or as jihad leaders call them, ìwhite devils.î He canít be talking about Serbs or Macedonians here. Indeed, just a little later he describes the "main recruitment pool" as consisting of Bosnian Muslims, as well as some ìRussian convertsî (Chechens?) recruited in the Caucasus.

The report states that in August Ayzi took over this Balkan brigade, and reported his success with the "Slavs" to Mullah Qudratullah, a "senior Taliban official." Another key leader is said to be Muhammad al-Zawahiri, the brother of Ayman al-Zawahiri. Apparently,

"... the senior Islamist commanders now consider what they call "the Albanian landî- Albania, Serbia's Kosovo province and parts of Macedonia - to be safe for use as a springboard for the insertion of a new wave of expert terrorists, including the Slavs, into Western Europe and onward throughout the West."

Boddansky claims that at the same time, "... there was a discernible increase in the number of foreigners in the Islamist mosques throughout Albania."

"'... They [originally] come from Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, and Iran. They come from many countries,í noted an eyewitness in Tirana. 'They arrive [in Tirana] from Afghanistan,' he added. These expert terrorists are being prepared in Albania for their specific missions in the West."

Here is where things get interesting. The Albanian lobbyists in American are now doubt enflamed by the next charge- that the Albanian National Army (ANA or AKSH) is now training these dubious imports, with most of the senior trainers being "mujahedin who retreated from Bosnia."

In return for Albanian support, Boddansky claims, "the Islamists assist the local terrorists in preparing for launching spectacular terrorism into the major cities of Serbia and Montenegro, with Belgrade and Nis believed to be the top targets."

This is certainly a different picture than we get from the AKSH leaders themselves. Idajet Beqiri, the fugitive political leader with the group, was recently recorded as saying the AKSH has no contact with mujahedin- but rather exists only to fight for the Greater Albania. He vehemently assured that the group does not work with Islamists.

However, we know that in the past, even as recently as 2001 in Macedonia, this was not the case. Mujahedin from al Qaeda did train the KLA in 1999 in northern Albaniaís remote mountains, and documentary, photographic and verbal evidence exists to indicate a presence among NLA ranks in Macedonia in 2001. Occasional "sightings"- like the dark-skinned, bearded man who allegedly loads down an enormous shopping cart weekly in Skopjeís Vero while wearing a bullet-proof vest under his shirt- are evidence of a continued presence. The enormous, Saudi-built medresah in the nearby village of Kondovo may be another site fostering unrest. Israeli sources have also claimed that a certain number of Albanians were being trained in Hamas camps in Lebanon- but that the Macedonian government showed no interest in following this up.

Indeed, Boddansky claims that the Islamists are active in Albania, western Macedonia, and Kosovo (the last is most likely of the three). Balkanalysis.com has independent information attesting to recent upsurges in Islamic recruiting activity in the Prizren area (near the border with all three), as well as cross-border arrests in weapons and drugs smuggling in recent weeks, that can be linked with terrorist or at least militant funding.

Still, care should be taken to separate the Islamist movement from the Albanian one. The latter is predominantly secular. We believe that the AKSH split earlier this year over just such a divergence in objectives. If tensions do increase in Kosovo, it will be due to Albanian impatience with the UNMIK provisional government and a latent fear that the US is becoming too Serb-friendly. Could lurking Islamists attempt to ride the coattails of their discontent, in order to make mischief of their own?

A major aspect of both secular and religious terrorism is symbolism. The Islamists want their acts to be seen as representative of something, as do the Albanian separatists. Neither wants the other to take the credit for their own work, and the latter are especially fearful that an Islamic attack on the wrong target could be blamed on them. Indeed, it seems unlikely that the AKSH wishes to perform a ìspectacularî terrorist attack in either Nis or Belgrade (Beqiri restricted their operations to strictly "Albanian" lands). After all, there would be no way to bring Serbian tanks back to Kosovo faster than a firebombing of Belgrade.

When it comes to Bosnia, however, Boddansky might have a more realistic point to make. He reminds that Islamists have a grudge over Srebrenica (while, remarkable for an American, admits that the Muslim death count was bloated for propaganda purposes). According to the London-based extremist group Al-Muhajiroun, the failure of UN peacekeepers to protect the Bosnian Muslims made them legitimate targets in Iraq.

On 18 October, Serbian authorities also sounded the alarm. Darko Trifunovic, a Serbian expert on terrorism, visited Washington then and announced that:

"...a group of ten mujahedin who were trained in Afghanistan have managed to enter BiH. They are currently in al-Qaeda camps in the vicinity of Zenica and Tuzla. A plan of this group to blow up a tunnel through which a row of US vehicles was supposed to pass was prevented at the last moment."

Once, such warnings would have been cast aside as yet more Serb propaganda. Now, however, they are being listened to. According to Trifunovic, a group of 3000 young Kosovo Albanians (who had been trained in northern Albania), were also sent into Kosovo and Macedonia along with mujahedin from Middle Eastern and North African countries. Trifunovic further states thatsome of them went on to stir up trouble in Sandzak, while others were arrested in other parts of Serbia. Citing numerous similar actions in Bosnia, Trifunovic also pointed out that two banks there (Vakufska Banka and Islamska Banka) continue to work with impunity despite being suspected of having terrorist ties.

Independent of this, Balkanalysis.com has been informed that a group of 1,000 Iranian students were allowed to attend Serbian universities, a couple of years ago, on student visas. When a similar request was lodged in Skopje, the Serbian authorities informed them that of the original 1,000 students, only "about 30" could be found after one year. Macedonia wisely ignored the Iranian request.

According to Brendan O'Neill of Spiked! The US adventure in training foreign mujahedin in Bosnia was "very important" to the rise of a globalized jihad, in which terrorists "... think nothing of moving from state to state in the search of outlets for their jihadist mission."

The US should surely know some of the routes through which arms are smuggled into Bosnia from neighboring states. After all, it created them in the 1990s arming of the Bosnians. Weapons were taken through Croatia or airlifted from as far afield as Saudi Arabia, something about which the US had ìvery closeî knowledge and cooperation. Today, American diplomats regret this complicity, but doggedly stick to its necessity for helping the defenseless Muslims of Bosnia:

"... Richard Holbrooke, America's former chief Balkans peace negotiator, has said that the Bosnian Muslims 'wouldn't have survived' without the help of the mujahedin, though he later admitted that the arrival of the mujahedin was a 'pact with the devil' from which Bosnia is still recovering."

Of course, the interventionists then were paid to get a job done, not think of long-term dangers. This was obfuscated by the continuing "moral blind spot" that the West has regarding Bosnia, O'Neill contends. That said, from their enthusiasm with using imported Islamic fighters in not only Bosnia but Kosovo, one would suspect that the policy makers had forgotten about the Afghan experience of the 1980ís; lamentably, they would only remember it after September 11th, 2001. Hopefully they wonít suffer more persistent and vivid reminders than that of this bad decision in the years to come.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Editorial; Foreign Affairs; Government; News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: aksh; alqaedabalkans; balkans; campaignfinance

1 posted on 10/31/2003 1:00:14 PM PST by alternatediscourse
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To: joan; Wraith; NYC Republican; Hoplite; getoffmylawn; Honorary Serb; Fusion; ABrit; Destro; ...
Fusion trembles.
2 posted on 10/31/2003 1:05:44 PM PST by alternatediscourse (Magnificent Seven - 1 of 7 - Ghosts)
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To: alternatediscourse
Clark failed to finish the job in the Balkans.

3 posted on 10/31/2003 1:06:30 PM PST by Wolverine (A Concerned Citizen)
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To: Wolverine
I think it's more we chose the wrong allies...
4 posted on 10/31/2003 1:07:17 PM PST by eureka! (Rats and Presstitutes lie--they have to in order to survive.....)
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To: alternatediscourse
Playing with matches in Europe's tinderbox alert.
5 posted on 10/31/2003 1:08:43 PM PST by Argus ((Ninety-nine and forty-four one-hundredths percent Pure Reactionary))
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To: alternatediscourse
Look at the source... Serbiana... Yep, really reliable. THEY don't have a vested interest to publish lies, do they?

What does this have to do with promoting conservative values or topics?

6 posted on 10/31/2003 1:09:13 PM PST by NYC Republican
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To: alternatediscourse
A MACEDONIAN site is where this originated... There is a well-known anymosity among the various ethnic groups, so posting propoganda trash like this is really sophmoric.
7 posted on 10/31/2003 1:11:01 PM PST by NYC Republican
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To: NYC Republican
Your WSJ promotes KLA expansionism/terrorism... WSJ, very reliable. What sources do you use that is reliable? I can't wait to see the crock you come up with...
8 posted on 10/31/2003 1:12:34 PM PST by alternatediscourse (Magnificent Seven - 1 of 7 - Ghosts)
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To: alternatediscourse
Your WSJ promotes KLA expansionism/terrorism... WSJ, very reliable. What sources do you use that is reliable? I can't wait to see the crock you come up with...

The Wall Street Journal is one of the most reliable and trusted papers in world.

Which part of my KLA comments weren't clear? I've always said they're a thug/criminal organization. At the same time, all Kosovo people are not the KLA, it's not synonymous.

9 posted on 10/31/2003 1:15:23 PM PST by NYC Republican
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To: All
September 11, 2001: "Attack on America!" (UPDATED DAILY.)
http://www.truthusa.com/911.html
10 posted on 10/31/2003 1:15:56 PM PST by Cindy
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To: alternatediscourse
Bodansky Bump. And what will the blowback from supporting jihad in the balkans be?
11 posted on 10/31/2003 1:17:48 PM PST by swarthyguy
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To: eureka!
Exactly. Let the Serbs slaughter the muslims this time. They are not our friends. We earned no goodwill helping muslims in the 1990's. Let's see if they like it when America sides with their enemies.
12 posted on 10/31/2003 1:25:19 PM PST by Finalapproach29er ("Don't shoot Mongo, you'll only make him mad.")
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To: NYC Republican
Have you been to Kosovo? How do you know? Do you take the word of a criminal as you seem to be doing with your Albanian friends.

Sorry, I was in Kosovo last August, and an intended victim of Albanian on Serb attack. Your brethren attempt to attack an innocent person, my gosh, what type of people do you support and give money too???

13 posted on 10/31/2003 1:27:59 PM PST by alternatediscourse (Magnificent Seven - 1 of 7 - Ghosts)
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To: Argus
It time to let Europe burn until they beg us to help them. Ingratitude should have consequences. Let the Yugo war flare up again and watch the pitiful Europe-ons try to stop it.
14 posted on 10/31/2003 1:29:29 PM PST by Finalapproach29er ("Don't shoot Mongo, you'll only make him mad.")
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To: swarthyguy
The blowback? ~ The USA is undergoing "blowback" today.
15 posted on 10/31/2003 2:03:11 PM PST by alternatediscourse (Magnificent Seven ~ Charlie Don't Suf either!)
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To: swarthyguy
The blowback? ~ The USA is undergoing "blowback" today.
16 posted on 10/31/2003 2:03:31 PM PST by alternatediscourse (Magnificent Seven ~ Charlie Don't Surf either!)
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To: NYC Republican; alternatediscourse
....Which part of my KLA comments weren't clear? I've always said they're a thug/criminal organization. At the same time, all Kosovo people are not the KLA, it's not synonymous......

You've got your logic all twisted up as usual. No one can be against the KLA thugs and for an "independent" Kosovo. The seccession of Kosovo from its legitimate, historic owners, the Serbs, was a KLA project. And the "leadership" of "conditionally independent" Kosovo is all KLA!!! The illegitimate ministate of "Kosova" exists solely to serve the criminal ends of its KLA masters, as well as the imperialist ends (i.e., Camp Bondsteel, oil pipeline routes, the theft of the Trepca mines) of the elitist elements in the "West" and of islamic supremacists like Al Qaeda.

Moreover, the Serbs that were driven out of Kosovo, both during WWII and in the 1980s and 1990s, plus the Serbs who live there today, are much more the "people of Kosovo" than the illegal Albanian immigrants (many of them criminals) who flooded into Kosovo with NATO and the KLA!!!

Why do you discount as "biased" anyone who is Serbian or Macedonian, or any Christian who identifies with Serbs (such as myself), while at the same time taking as gospel anything eminating from the kangaroo "court" in the Hague (which has very deficient rules of evidence, which would never be accepted in any US court) and the "advocacy journalists" in the Western press? Are you a Serbophobic racist? Do you have a visceral hatred of Orthodox Christians? What's going on?

You even discount as biased such honest reporters and scholars as Christopher DeLiso!

Finally, there are plenty of conservatives who are anti-imperialist (such as our own American Founding Fathers) and who are pro-Serbian. For example, take a look at http://www.chroniclesmagazine.org/ Pro-Serbian and anti-imperialist opinion has a definite place in a conservative forum, that you have NO RIGHT to challenge!!!!
17 posted on 10/31/2003 3:22:54 PM PST by Honorary Serb
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To: Honorary Serb
You've got your logic all twisted up as usual. No one can be against the KLA thugs and for an "independent" Kosovo. The seccession of Kosovo from its legitimate, historic owners, the Serbs, was a KLA project. And the "leadership" of "conditionally independent" Kosovo is all KLA!!

I am for an independent Kosovo, once once it's carved up the way Bosnia was... The Serbs have a right to part of it... It's the only solution. That's my opinion. What's your problem. State your opinion and move on, I'm not budging from mine. I want to see an end to hostilities, and if that means carving up the land, so be it.

18 posted on 10/31/2003 3:29:42 PM PST by NYC Republican
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To: Finalapproach29er
Exactly. Let the Serbs slaughter the muslims this time. They are not our friends. We earned no goodwill helping muslims in the 1990's. Let's see if they like it when America sides with their enemies.

You're a sick racist F, how does that differentiate you from Hitler, who wanted to eliminate a people based on their religion? The only difference is you don't have the power to act upon it.

You losers hide behind your keyboards, anonymously, and call for the slaughter of human beings. How disgraceful!

19 posted on 10/31/2003 3:31:41 PM PST by NYC Republican
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To: alternatediscourse
Have you been to Kosovo? How do you know? Do you take the word of a criminal as you seem to be doing with your Albanian friends. Sorry, I was in Kosovo last August, and an intended victim of Albanian on Serb attack. Your brethren attempt to attack an innocent person, my gosh, what type of people do you support and give money too???

I haven't been there, and have no intention of visiting, but that doesn't mean that I'm clueless to what's going on there.

As far as attacking innocents, YOUR brethen Serbs attacked thousands and thousands in Croatia, Bosnia, and Kosovo...

YOU want sympathy??? hahahah

20 posted on 10/31/2003 3:33:49 PM PST by NYC Republican
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To: NYC Republican
I said no such thing. I suggest if we are going to take sides in the conflict, let's side with people that don't attack the USA. The Serbs were allies in WW II.

What the Serbs and Bosnian Muslims are doing is sick! Blame them. Or did you used to be one of them?
21 posted on 10/31/2003 5:26:05 PM PST by Finalapproach29er ("Don't shoot Mongo, you'll only make him mad.")
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To: Finalapproach29er
I said no such thing. I suggest if we are going to take sides in the conflict, let's side with people that don't attack the USA. The Serbs were allies in WW II. What the Serbs and Bosnian Muslims are doing is sick! Blame them. Or did you used to be one of them?

WWII? The Japanese, Germans, and Italians were out enemies. They killed hundreds of thousands of Americans. If the Serbs are our friends because of WWII, 60 years ago, does that make the others our bitter enemies?

Let it rest, WWII was a long, long time ago.

22 posted on 10/31/2003 9:24:07 PM PST by NYC Republican
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To: Finalapproach29er
Exactly. Let the Serbs slaughter the muslims this time.

Isn't that YOUR post?

23 posted on 10/31/2003 9:25:07 PM PST by NYC Republican
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To: alternatediscourse; Wolverine; eureka!; NYC Republican; Cindy; swarthyguy; Finalapproach29er; ...
Look at the source

How about these sources?

FOXnews:
MANSOOR IJAZ, FOX FOREIGN AFFAIRS ANALYST: Exactly right. Because now al Qaeda has reduced itself to carrying all if its messages and all the most dangerous things that it does by hand carriage, if you will, by hand messengers.

Now, that is where we come back to what President Bush said in October of last year when he identified a senior al Qaeda leader who had gone to Iraq, received medical treatment to have a leg amputated that was blown up in the Afghan bombing campaign and then proceeded to a northern Iraqi terrorist outfit. What we have not yet heard and this is what my sources are telling me over the past two or three days, is that that leader was in fact, transported through southern Turkey using Albanian mercenaries to transport him into...

BRIT HUME, HOST: What is his name, by the way?

IJAZ: Abu Masab al-Zawkawi. He was transported through southern Turkey into the Balkans and then ended up in Paris sometime just before Ramadan started...

HUME: Last fall?

IJAZ: ... in 2002, last fall.

Now, the thing that is the most important about this is that when they uncovered the cells in Paris two weeks ago, in the apartment where they uncovered those cells, they found traces of ricin. And those traces of ricin are linked directly to this man Zawkawi.

hipakistan.com
Defense officials who spoke on condition of anonymity said the United States is holding several hundred foreign fighters captured in Iraq, the majority of them Syrians. Others include Saudis, Sudanese, Egyptians, Yemenis, Moroccans, and Albanians, according to US government officials and terrorism specialists.

24 posted on 11/01/2003 9:24:25 AM PST by Destro (Know your enemy! Help fight Islamic terrorisim by visiting www.johnathangaltfilms.com)
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To: Destro
and Albanians

Impossible...the descendants of the superior Illyrians are far to powerful to be taken prisoner. You know Fusion has gone MIA again though...they might have one.

25 posted on 11/01/2003 9:35:28 AM PST by Archie Bunker on steroids
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To: Archie Bunker on steroids
"You know Fusion has gone MIA again though...they might have one."

Jomini has recently sent a message to Fusion on FR. He ends by telling Fusion to enjoy his holiday in Tetovo (Macedonia): http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1011524/posts?page=3#3

26 posted on 11/01/2003 10:10:05 AM PST by joan
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To: Destro
re post no.24

Thank you Destro.
27 posted on 11/01/2003 6:54:20 PM PST by Cindy
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To: NYC Republican
There were retributions upon Serbs being attacked first. Maybe you should visit the country/land and walk the land. Get an idea of what you are talking about before you support your local KPC/KLA/UCK.
28 posted on 11/02/2003 9:53:54 AM PST by alternatediscourse (Magnificent Seven ~ Charlie Don't Surf either!)
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To: Archie Bunker on steroids
It is in myth only, but I did see kryptonite in crystal form after one of their donkeys were tipped over....
29 posted on 11/02/2003 9:54:59 AM PST by alternatediscourse (Magnificent Seven ~ Charlie Don't Surf either!)
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