Skip to comments.Terrorists Recruiting 'White Muslims'
Posted on 04/18/2006 1:31:45 PM PDT by Bokababe
His code name was Maximus, and he held secret meetings in a shabby room at the Banana City Hotel on the outskirts of Sarajevo.
Bosnian police put him under surveillance, and in a raid last fall on his apartment on Poligonska Street, authorities seized explosives, a suicide bomber belt and a videotape of masked men begging Allah's forgiveness for what they were about to do.
What they planned, investigators believe, was to blow up a European embassy. But compounding their concern, they say, was the ringleader's background: Maximus turned out to be Mirsad Bektasevic, a 19-year-old Swedish citizen of Serbian origin with ties to a senior al-Qaida operative.
Terrorists have been working to recruit non-Arab sympathizers so-called "white Muslims" with Western features who theoretically could more easily blend into European cities and execute attacks according to classified intelligence documents obtained by The Associated Press.
A 252-page confidential report jointly compiled by Croatian and U.S. intelligence on potentially dangerous Islamic groups in Bosnia suggests the recruitment drive may have begun as long as four years ago, when Arab militants ran up against tough post-9/11 security obstacles.
"They judge that it is high time that their job on this territory should be taken over by new local forces ... people who are born here and live here have an advantage which would make their job easier. By their appearance, they are less obvious," the report reads.
Arabs, it adds, "have become too obvious, which has made their job difficult."
Bosnia's minister of security, Barisa Colak, acknowledged the existence of the intelligence report but said authorities had no concrete evidence that recruitment efforts are widespread. There are no known cases of a Balkan "white Muslim" recruit being involved in an actual attack.
"Even so, we have to be extremely careful and serious and not miss anything," he told the AP.
Even if systematic recruitment has been occurring, citizens of ex-Yugoslavia need visas to travel to Western Europe or the United States a complicated and time-consuming process.
Dragan Lukac, the deputy director of SIPA Bosnia's equivalent of the FBI said authorities are taking no chances. Undercover counterterrorism agents have placed dozens of suspects under 24-hour surveillance and the country is "very intensively" sharing information with the FBI, the CIA, Scotland Yard and other agencies, he said.
"Bosnia has become a breeding ground for terrorists, including some on international wanted lists. We can clearly say that," Lukac told the AP in an interview.
Some disaffected young Bosnians may be receptive to the terrorist message: After the U.S.-led military campaigns in Afghanistan and Iraq, it was considered "almost fashionable" to spout extremist sentiment in public, Lukac said, especially among those "frustrated and influenced by ideology, Islamized through various extremist streams."
Authorities who arrested Bektasevic and several alleged associates last October tipped off police in Britain, who quickly arrested three suspected British Muslim accomplices. They also alerted authorities in Denmark, who took seven others into custody. Investigators say they since have established that Bektasevic maintained close ties to Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, the leader of al-Qaida in Iraq.
Since the 2001 attacks on the United States, Bosnia has deported dozens of Arabs and other foreign Muslims for suspected ties to terrorist groups or alleged involvement in dummy charities believed to have raised cash to bankroll attacks.
In February, the country launched an exhaustive review of all cases in which citizenship was granted to foreigners dating back to 1992 and vowed to deport any with suspected links to terrorism.
Police also confirmed they are keeping close tabs on dozens of mujahedeen Islamic fighters who came to Bosnia to fight on the Muslim side in the 1992-95 war. Although most left for other conflicts in Afghanistan, Chechnya, Iraq and elsewhere, some stayed and married local women.
The vast majority of Bosnia's Muslims rejects the mujahedeen's fiery brand of Islam. Yet young, restless men frustrated with 40 percent joblessness and angered by real or perceived insults to Islam can be open to hard-line dogma, the Prague-based think tank Transitions Online said in a recent report.
"A pool of potential white recruits carrying Bosnian or even Western passports would presumably be of great value to terrorists," it said, calling the Balkan country "a deeply traumatized society susceptible to extremism."
"Muslims are going through a very tempting time," conceded Mustafa Ceric, the leader of Bosnia's Islamic community. He insisted, however, that there was no stomach for extremist violence after years of devastating ethnic conflict.
"If we wanted terrorism, we had a chance to do so in the heat of our suffering, and we did not," he said in an interview.
NATO's top commander in Bosnia, U.S. Brig. Gen. Louis Weber, concurred in an interview, saying Bosnian Muslims overwhelmingly are moderate and secular, and the terror threat is fairly low because "there isn't a large community that would support that kind of activity here."
Although Ceric keeps close tabs on Bosnia's imams, the 6,500 European Union peacekeepers who now patrol Bosnia are one-tenth the number NATO deployed nationwide in 1995, meaning far fewer outside eyes and ears combing the country to disrupt any recruitment effort.
The U.S.-Croatian report says infiltration actually dates back long before the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks. It says Islamic militants with ties to al-Qaida and other terrorist organizations have been crisscrossing the Balkans for more than 15 years, financed in part with cash from narcotics smuggling and coming from Afghanistan and points further east via Turkey, Kosovo and Albania.
Since the Sept. 11 attacks, evidence has emerged that extremists have been trying to carve out a beachhead in the Balkans. The region is home to 8 million Muslims, roughly a third of Europe's Islamic faithful, and arms and explosives are easily obtained in what Lukac calls "a kind of El Dorado" for criminals.
Several Islamic militants who fought in the former Yugoslavia went to Spain, bringing back new military skills and expertise as well as access to contacts throughout Europe, a Western diplomatic official with intimate knowledge of counterterrorism measures in Spain told the AP on condition of anonymity.
"Yugoslavia was a meeting point," he said.
Among the Islamic leaders Bosnian authorities are monitoring closely is Nezim Halilovic, chief mufti of the King Fahd Cultural Center. The mosque, one of dozens being built around Sarajevo with Saudi donations, can accommodate 5,000 people and is part of a $9 million complex that includes a library, a sports hall, restaurants and classrooms for studying Arabic and the Quran.
Its imam has repeatedly has been accused of using his sermons to preach violence in Afghanistan, Chechnya, Israel, Iraq and Kashmir. Nothing like that was heard at one of his recent noon prayer sermons; addressing throngs of heavily bearded men and burqa-clad women, he spoke proudly of "bringing Bosnian Muslims back to Islam."
Halilovic denies he is a radical and insisted Bektasevic and the others arrested last autumn were the victims of an elaborate setup.
"This is just a trick played on the Muslims," he said in an interview. "They were framed to bring the world's attention on Bosnia-Herzegovina as a 'terrorist country.' Europe and the whole world should not be afraid of Bosnian Muslims."
His girlfriends call him "Minimus".
They just figured this out?
Bosnia - we bombed the Serbs to save the Moslems and this is how we get thanked??????
Anyone remember John Walker Lindth?
Arabs, it adds, "have become too obvious, which has made their job difficult."
It would, if we were racial profiling like we should be.
Obviously racial profiling wouldnt be enough, but it would be a good tool to lessen the options for the vast majority of fundamentalist islamic terrorists.
Still have to watch those sneaky white guys though.
I think the Widow Spann would disagree.
Maybe they'll recruit people named Ingmar and Bjorn from now on.
Bump for reading later...
Mark my words. Al Qaeda's next attack in the US will spectacular, devastating, and likely involve nuclear or chemcial weapons. It will carried out Caucasians so ruthless they would'nt hesitate to shootup and blow up a grade school. We'll never see it coming, because we are busy looking for Arabs.
No we're not. It's illegal.
--- They'd have better luck on US college campuses...
And US prisons...
Igmar and Bjorn would never allow their countries to turn into "Muslim states", but thanks to Clinton this isn't the case in Bosnia or Kosovo!
PBS Frontline on their show "Son of al Qaeda" outlined where the first stop that the CIA sent this guy to was -- Bosnia!
#5 A More Dangerous Assignment: "After undercover training by the CIA, Abdurahman says he was sent to Bosnia, a pipeline for Al Qaeda forces going to fight in Iraq. But it was getting too risky. He decided he wanted out."
Muslims often have more respect for their sworn enemies than they do for their lukewarm friends. And this is why that 9/11 happened in NYC and not Belgrade.
This article from the "Young Muslims" website six years ago (when Izetbegovic was still alive) is what this war was all about. http://www.youngmuslims.ca/biographies/display.asp?ID=2 Our governments knew it then and they know it now -- and had 9/11 not happened, none of us would give a damn about the Balkans or "Islamic terror" based in Europe.
They knew this in 1992 and the US helped them. Damn confusing if you ask me!
WHATA BUNCH OF MUSLIM LOVING CRAP from a so-called "BRIT"!!
bosnian muslims are loyal to MUSLIMS and to the MUSLIMS that pay them BIG MONEY to send their kids to SAUDI type maddrasses, have their women wear that ridiculous UGLY outfit and get the mussie men to wear UGLY stupid beards!! ALL of them following the teaching of a pedophile, mohammed. DISGUSTING!
In all areas of BOSNIA the saudi type radicals are making BIG in roads into Bosnian life!!!!
HEY, read the article... the saudis want to TAKE ALL BOSNIANS TO THE SAUDI MUSLIM FOLD!! oh!! yuk! AND WITH ALL THAT SAUDI MONEY TO PAY THEM OFF, THE BOSNIANS WILL TAKE IT HOOK LINE AND SINKER.
I know that bosnian mussies in the USA still deny that muslims did the horrid crime of 9/11.... they BLAME THE JEWS!!
Bosnian muslims are a bad breed!! They took arms against their fellow countrymen trying to establish an islamic government. IF the west was not there now, IT WOULD BE AN ISLAMIC GOVERNMENT. A saudi type of govt.
The bosnians in the USA, need to get their bosnian butt$ back to bosnia where they have their OWN govt!!!!
AMERICA DOES NOT NEED THEIR ANTI-JEW and ANTI-CHRISTIAN atitudes HERE!!
And, BOSNIA gave bin laden a PASSPORT!!YUK!
He had a Bosnian mussie contact too.
Really - laughing out loud.
Those blue, blue eyes!
Saudi help in Bosnia and Kosovo:
I would bet that *when* a nuke is used on the USA, it will be a blue eyed muslim suicide bomber...and maybe even a female.
They will want to have maximum variance from the standard profile for that one to minimize the probability of detection.
Either that... or they use an illegal Mexican landscaper. That would also have maximum variance from the profile of "people the goverment is watching".
Some folks on FR might think it is right handsum, right hoppie-mussie-lover???
Technically, Arabs are classified as "white".
Not if they come up through Mexico. No waiting...no messy paperwork...
Oh yer in for a good gumming now.
It's nice to be wanted.
Yes, and it is France's fault that some Muslim kids didn't obey police orders to stop and got themselves killed, so France deserves the millions of Muslim rioters over how many days?
And it is the Danish cartoonists fault that Moslems all over the ME went nuts and started killing each other over a bunch of stupid cartoons.
And it the US' fault for 9/11 because we support Israel from total anihilation by their Islamic neighbors.
I am sick of people blaming others for Muslim behavior.
You are right in that Bosnian Muslims "used to be" fun-loving, party animals when they were part of Yugoslavia. But they began to change first, based on the leadership of Alija Izetbegovic who stated:
"There can be no peace or coexistence between Islamic and non-Islamic institutions... The Islamic movement must and can take place as soon as it is... numerically strong enough, not only to destroy the non-Islamic one, but to build up a new Islamic one."
That's what started the war. Now, Bosnia is an Islamic haven where they sell snuff films of the beheading of Serbs on the street corners.
No other country does that to you -- you do that to yourself.
"Bosnian Muslims at generally not radical people. They love to drink, party and most do not cover their head even in Sarajevo. "
I can attest to the fact that they are not welcome in many Mosques in the US. The Arab Clerics do not trust them as most do not speak Arabic and are too white looking. They view them as potential spies also.
Hell of a mess...
By the way, before the Bosnian war, Iran was Bosnia's prime Islamic sponsor. So take your pick -- Iran or Saudi Arabia? Neither seems like a good choice to me.
Not confusing Bob when you consider the caliber of people occupying the seats of power in the west. Anything is for sale including their souls. They (western political and military leadership)have literally sold their souls to the devil/anti-Christ. It's going to take massive re-awakening on the part of the political mainstream and widespread upheaval/housecleaning of our political system including cancellation of immunities for our elitist traitors in government.
Thanks for the great link. It should be viewed by every adult young and old in the west.
If so then we need all the resources we can muster to identify these vermin. First we pull all resource from San Francisco since they make their own anti-American laws and can deal
with their own trash.
Next we start ignoring any democRAT advice and start eliminating all radical muslim safehouses and mullas.
Way past time to clean house.
Yes, just look up a dictionary definition of Caucasian:
ADJECTIVE: 1. Anthropology Of or being a major human racial classification traditionally distinguished by physical characteristics such as very light to brown skin pigmentation and straight to wavy or curly hair, and including peoples indigenous to Europe, northern Africa, western Asia, and India. No longer in scientific use. See Usage Note at race1. 2. Of or relating to the Caucasus region or its peoples, languages, or cultures. 3. Of or relating to a group of three language families spoken in the region of the Caucasus mountains, including Chechen, Abkhaz, and the Kartvelian languages.
NOUN: 1. Anthropology A member of the Caucasian racial classification. Not in scientific use. 2. A native or inhabitant of the Caucasus. 3. The Caucasian language family.
Stereotypically Semitic features are distinctively Caucasian, like bushy eyebrows and "hooked" nose.