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However, the KLA in part had several ties to terrorism. The KLA raises part of their funds from the sale of narcotics. Albania and Kosovo are at the heart of the " Balkan Route" that links Afghanistan and Pakistan to the drug markets of Europe. This roue is work an estimated 400 billion a year and it handles 80% of heroin destined for Europe. But, it is acknowledged, that Bin Laden's Al Queda had " both trained and financially supported," the Albanians, and that the Kosovo border had been infiltrated by Bosnian, Chechen and Afghan, mujaheedeen, in " crossings, of parties up to 50 men." " Documents found on the body of a KLA member showed that he had escorted several " volunteers" into Kosovo, including more than a dozen Saudis. Each " volunteer" carried a passport identifying him as a Macedonian Albanian."
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Shortly fter the formation of the first mujadidin unit, a second mujadidin group started out from Albania toward Kosovo. On the night of July 18-19, 1998, that group had two misfortunes. The first was " meeting" a patrol of the Yugoslav Army Border Control. The second, the group was supposed to be led, by a Lt. Colonel in the Iraqi army, Nuri Salif Muhamed, who had attempted to enter Kosovo, from the other side, from Serbia, but members of the Interior Miniistry of Serbia arrested him in time, in the village of Resen, near Bosilegrad.

So my questions are as followed. How large was our contact with the KLA? Were 9/11 hijackers Nawaf Alhazmi and Khalid Almihdhar trained by the United States? Both men, traveled to Bosnia in the mid 1990's? Bosnia is now the major center of Al Queda, it is now the pipeline of recruits to Afghanistan and Iraq, the King Fahd Mosque, the largest in Bosnia recruits fighters and volunteers- so i guess as Richard Clarke says- we really stopped a jihad there

UN relief supplies intended for the surrounded Muslims at Sarajevo ended up being sold on the black market, making corrupt UN soldiers and Bosnian Muslims marketeers rich.

French commando's rappelled from a US Green Beret helicopter and stormed an Iranian traning facility for Bosnian Muslims located in a three story ski-resort in the middle of the night. The Iranians later admitted they were pklanning attacks on NATO. A US State Department spokesman: ' this is a very serious development we cannot tolerate foreign fighters who are a threat to our soldiers.'


8 posted on 12/31/2004 4:37:12 PM PST by Esteemed Scholar Jack Bauer
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So, i checked 'General' Clark's book, out at the library, and i was struck by several passsges.

" Even as the diplomatic efforts were moving forward, my commanders and I had been watching for weeks as the KLA slowly rebuilt it's strengh." pg. 327

" by the morning of May 26, we had considerable info about the KLA's plans to attack into Kosovo. ..... I was uneasy from the moment i learned of the plan, not that my reacion would make any difference. What i evisanged were the green troops, ( green not when you have 3000 Iranian Republican guards) lightly equipped trying to make an infantry assault against the least of the degraded of the Serb forces. But, i also reconized the full signifaicance of the KLA's offensive for us. pg. 328

I warned there would be other difficult decesions. the capabilities of the KLA would have to be fully exploited. We had scrupulously avoided direct contact with them in Albania. pg.. 339(Now why would that be?)

Shelton floated the idea of just arming the KLA, and letting it's soldiers fight. I was glad that Washington was consdering doing something with the Kosovars. I always felt that if they were going to operate it had to be as guerillas, but that's no long term solutuion. just means of prolonging and enlarging the crisis. ( pg. 343)

Throughout the summer of 1998, when the conflict was preventable, some questioned the facts on the ground or the Serbs intent. How many villages have really been destroyed? Perhaps they are only directing their effors against the terrorists, others distrbute the blame, the serbs are just responding to the attacks from the KLA. ( pg. 420)

So my questions are as followed. How large was our contact with the KLA? Were 9/11 hijackers Nawaf Alhazmi and Khalid Almihdhar trained by the United States? Both men, traveled to Bosnia in the mid 1990's? Bosnia is now the major center of Al Queda, it is now the pipeline of recruits to Afghanistan and Iraq, the King Fahd Mosque, the largest in Bosnia recruits fighters and volunteers- so i guess as Richard Clarke says- we really stopped a jihad there


9 posted on 12/31/2004 4:41:40 PM PST by Esteemed Scholar Jack Bauer
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