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  • Solana hits back after stormy Kosovo trip

    03/26/2004 6:39:48 AM PST · by wonders · 63 replies · 414+ views
    AFP via Yahoo ^ | Thu Mar 25, 9:54 AM ET | AFP staff
    BRUSSELS (AFP) - EU foreign policy chief Javier Solana hit back at criticism from Serbs after violent riots erupted in Kosovo, saying the international community was not to blame for the flare-up. Solana, speaking a day after he was jeered by displaced Serbs during a visit to the UN-run province, said: "I would not say that it is a failure of strategy of the European Union (news - web sites). "I think it is a failure of the behavior of the people of Kosovo. We are not responsible for the behavior of the people of Kosovo," he told reporters. "We...
  • Balkan limbo - Ethnic hatred still prevails in Kosovo

    03/25/2004 10:12:28 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 7 replies · 184+ views
    Sac Bee ^ | 3/25/04 | Op/Ed
    <p>The Balkan province of Kosovo has recently suffered the worst flare-up of violence since it was freed from Serb oppression in 1999 by U.S.-led military intervention. The outburst left 28 people dead, scores of houses burned and thousands of people displaced from their homes. Its intensity reflected the bitter reality of Kosovo, where an overwhelmingly ethnic Albanian majority and a dwindling Serb minority show no sign of being willing to live together.</p>
  • 18 Soldiers Wounded as Albanian Extremists Attack Church

    03/24/2004 8:46:56 AM PST · by Mark Felton · 62 replies · 258+ views
    ERPKIM ^ | 3/24/04 | ERPKIM
    Eighteen KFOR soldiers have been wounded during an attack by extremist Albanians on the church of the Holy King Uros in Urosevac. A Greek soldier has sustained second degree burns and three KFOR vehicles have been burned, KFOR advised on Saturday evening. In a detailed report of events in Urosevac on Wednesday afternoon, it is reported that a group of about 500 extremist Albanians attacked the observation checkpoint guarded by Greek soldiers in front of the church in Urosevac with rocks and Molotov cocktails. According to a statement issued from the U.S. military base Bondsteel, during the course of the...

    03/22/2004 9:22:54 AM PST · by DTA · 29 replies · 901+ views
    2004-03 -22 | DTA
    BURNING CHURCHES (HUMANITARIAN'S ANTHEM) MIDI: CLICK HERE for Burning Bridges (Curb/Schifrin) Christians all tried to warn me But I held my head up high All the time they warned me But I only passed them by They all tried to tell me But I guess I didn't care I turned my back and Left them standing there All the burning churches that have fallen after me All the murdered Christians and the burning monasteries Everyone I left behind each time I closed the door Burning churches lost forevermore Joey tried to help me find a soul A while ago When...
  • Kosovo: The Truth Comes Out, But It's Far Too Late

    03/19/2004 10:27:40 AM PST · by Balkanalysis · 17 replies · 207+ views ^ | March 19 2004 |
    Dear Freepers, There has been some discussion on the FR board lately about the current violence in Kosovo. Being on-scene in the region, we wanted to share some insights on the current situation and its background- as well as potential future developments. Please continue to end of post for a collection of links to vital stories from our archive. yesterday's article begins: "...The seemingly spontaneous street war that erupted yesterday between Albanians and Serbs in Kosovo confirms exactly what kind of a ‘success’ the West has created in Kosovo. At least 22 people, including a French KFOR peacekeeper reported dead...
  • Morocco to Madrid, A Bomb Suspect Grew Radicalized

    03/19/2004 8:03:09 AM PST · by presidio9 · 6 replies · 359+ views
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | March 19, 2004 | Keith Johnson and John Carreyrou in Madrid, David Crawford in Berlin and Karby Leggett in Tangier
    <p>Three years ago, Spain's national police stormed the apartment of Jamal Zougam, a 30-year-old Moroccan immigrant who ran a cellphone business in Madrid. Among items they seized: phone numbers for suspected terrorists, a video of Islamic warriors fighting Russian troops near Chechnya, and four books in Arabic on aspects of jihad, such as how to treat prisoners of war.</p>
  • NATO Beefs Up Forces in Kosovo After 17 Die in Ethnic Riots

    03/18/2004 10:46:06 AM PST · by Calpernia · 18 replies · 303+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | March 18, 2004 | By Jim Garamone
    Seventeen Kosovars have been killed in the worst outbreak of ethnic violence in that province since NATO forces arrived in 1999, NATO officials said. A company of U.S. soldiers now assigned to the stabilization force in Bosnia is moving to Kosovo to beef up NATO forces in the area. Another two companies are standing by, said a NATO spokesman. Six people were killed in Mitrovica, three in Lipljan, three in Caglavica, two in Urosevac, one in Pec, one in Gnjilane and one in the Kosovar capital of Pristina. The rioting reportedly began in Mitrovica, when ethnic Albanians gathered to protest...

    03/17/2004 12:25:43 PM PST · by joan · 66 replies · 258+ views
    ERP KIM Info Service ^ | March 17, 2004
    Sts. Cyril and Methodius Seminary in Prizren torched - Fate of eight Serbs, including two children, unknown - Fr. Dragan Kojic in Vitina wounded and requesting urgent assistance ERP KIM Info Service Gracanica, March 17, 2004 18:05 Albanian extremists have just set fire to Sts. Cyril and Methodius Seminary in Prizren which temporarily housed eight Serb laypeople, including two children and one pregnant woman. The fate of these Serbs is unknown. The Seminary was not protected by German KFOR. The unbridled rioting of the Albanians throughout Prizren continues, according to the monks of Holy Archangels Monastery and priest-monk Miron Kosac...
  • Three people have been killed and twenty others wounded by gunshot in Mitrovica (Kosovo)

    03/17/2004 4:56:13 AM PST · by joan · 52 replies · 311+ views
    KosovaLive News Agency ^ | March 17, 2004
    Three people have been killed and twenty others wounded by gunshot in Mitrovica, sources at the Emergency at the Emergency center in Mitrovica confirmed.
  • Remains of killed Kosovo Serb handed over to his family

    03/15/2004 12:01:16 PM PST · by joan · 5 replies · 225+ views
    Tanjug ^ | March 15, 2004
    17:37 PRISTINA , March 15 (Tanjug) - UNMIK representatives on Monday handed over the remains of Milovan Vukmirovic to his family in Tomic near Babin Most, central Kosovo-Metohija. Vukmirovic's daughter Milijana told Tanjug that her father had been kidnapped on October 9, 1999 and that his family had not known whether he was alive or not until a week ago. She announced that she would call on competent organs to find out the truth about her father's fate.
  • Truth must set him free -- Young man risks life to help Canada

    03/08/2004 5:26:09 AM PST · by Clive · 5 replies · 194+ views
    Toronto Sun ^ | March 8, 2004 | Peter Worthington
    We should be treating this guy as a patriot -- someone who risked his life to do the right thing. Instead, he's viewed as a traitor or pariah -- certainly by his family. As he told the CBC, 21-year-old Abdurahman Khadr turned against his family and worked inside the al-Qaida terrorist organization for the CIA and Western interests. As a consequence he's reviled by relatives who support al-Qaida, and knows his life is in danger. What is so disgraceful and disquieting is that his father, brothers, sisters, and relatives who have Canadian citizenship, mostly support al-Qaida. His father, who was...
  • Egypt holds brother of al-Qaida No. 2 man

    03/04/2004 8:06:41 AM PST · by freeperfromnj · 35 replies · 316+ views
    The Associated Press ^ | 3/4/2004, 10:38 a.m. ET
    <p>CAIRO, Egypt (AP) — Egypt acknowledged for the first time Thursday that it is holding Mohammed al-Zawahri, the brother of al-Qaida's No. 2 man.</p> <p>Al-Zawahri had been believed to be in Egyptian police custody for at least three years, but the government never acknowledged it. He was sentenced to death in absentia for his role in Islamic Jihad attacks inside Egypt.</p>
  • Al Qaeda finalized 9/11 in Tarragona

    03/01/2004 6:56:56 PM PST · by livius · 6 replies · 137+ views
    El Periodico, Barcelona | 03/01/2004 | Staff
    Al Qaeda finalized 9/11 in Tarragona The mastermind of the attack says that the date was set in August The Yemeni Ramizi bin al Shibh, the mastermind of 9/11 who was captured in 2002 in Pakistan and held by the US in Guantanamo, has admitted to interrogators that he met in July, 2001 somewhere on the coast of Tarragona with Mohammed Atta, 33 years old, the leader of the suicide squad that attacked the Twin Towers in New York and the Pentagon in Washington, causing 3,016 deaths. According to the Guardia Civil, Bin Al Shibh told his captors that the...
  • Another side to the Balkans

    02/27/2004 2:39:23 AM PST · by Doctor13 · 9 replies · 473+ views
    spiked-online ^ | 25 February 2004 | Eve-Ann Prentice
    The marathon trial of former president of Yugoslavia Slobodan Milosevic has reached its second anniversary in February 2004, with Serbs continuing to take the brunt of the sentences meted out by the International War Crimes Tribunal in The Hague. It is ironic then that ethnic Albanian members of the Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA) - trained and encouraged in the past by the West - have been free to sell Semtex explosives to undercover journalists from Britain. In late 2003, the journalists posed as Irish terrorists determined to blow up British targets with their booty. Furthermore, one of the KLA men...
  • Punitive measures of German KFOR against Serbian monks

    02/03/2004 1:47:41 PM PST · by joan · 90 replies · 229+ views
    Tanjug ^ | February 3, 2004
    PRIZREN, Feb 3 (Tanjug) - Monks of the monastery of Saint Archangels in Prizren can no longer count on the escort of German KFOR, who have also banned them from using the military power generator, while the duty priest at Vladicanski dvor in Prizren is being denied food, the Raska-Prizren Eparchy stated on Tuesday.
  • THE BALKANS: The War on Terror Moves In (SFOR troops sealed off al-Qaeda village in Bosnia)

    12/18/2003 9:55:25 PM PST · by Destro · 9 replies · 213+ views ^ | December 11, 2003 | Q & D Headlines
    THE BALKANS: The War on Terror Moves In December 11, 2003: SFOR reported a SFOR peacekeepers "sealed off" an area near Zenica, Bosnia. The operation included ground troops and helicopters. SFOR was responding to a tip that certain houses in the area held arms and munitions linked to a "terrorist group." A subsequent report said the terror group could be Al Qaeada. There was no follow-up report after the operation.
  • U.S. Base in Greece Stockpiles WMD Equipment

    01/22/2004 10:40:58 PM PST · by Destro · 5 replies · 225+ views ^ | Thu Jan 22,11:11 AM ET | MIRON VAROUHAKIS
    U.S. Base in Greece Stockpiles Equipment Thu Jan 22,11:11 AM ET By MIRON VAROUHAKIS, Associated Press Writer SOUDA BAY, Greece - The U.S. military base in Greece is stockpiling emergency medical equipment to dispatch if terrorists strike with biochemical or radiation devices during the Olympics. The rapid response unit at the Souda Bay Naval Base on the southern island of Crete is part of an international network being assembled to help safeguard the Aug. 13-29 Games — the first summer Olympics since the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks in New York and Washington. "If the commander of the base calls...
  • Germans study claims by source tying Iran (Islamic Regime) to 9/11..

    01/23/2004 6:17:52 AM PST · by faludeh_shirazi · 8 replies · 58+ views
    Chicago Tribune ^ | January 23, 2004 | Chicago Tribune
    Germans study claims by source tying Iran (Islamic Regime) to 9/11.. Support the movement and! WASHINGTON -- In sorting out which parts of the story told by Hamid Reza Zakeri are true, German federal police have their work cut out for them. The Bundeskriminalamt, known as the BKA, has produced Zakeri as a surprise witness in the German government's troubled case against Abdelghani Mzoudi and declared that Zakeri can link Mzoudi to the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. But before a five-judge panel Thursday in a Hamburg courtroom, prosecutors acknowledged that BKA agents still are assessing Zakeri's credibility. They...
  • Islamist Recruitment in Bosnia - A "White" Al-Qaeda

    01/21/2004 10:52:33 PM PST · by Destro · 31 replies · 5,275+ views ^ | 10:15 Jan 21, '04 / 27 Tevet 5764 |
    Islamist Recruitment in Bosnia - A "White" Al-Qaeda 10:15 Jan 21, '04 / 27 Tevet 5764 ( Serbian news outlets have been reporting with increasing intensification in recent days on attempts by Islamist terrorist groups, including Al-Qaeda, to recruit soldiers among Bosnia's Muslims. The independent Serbian news agency FoNet reported on Tuesday that Muslims from Bosnia-Herzegovina are being recruited to join the what has been called "white Al-Qaeda". Slobodan Radulj, former member of Bosnia-Herzegovina's anti-terrorist task force and an adviser to the Serb member of the presidency of Bosnia-Herzegovina, told the Nezavisne Novine Serbian daily, "Reports by international intelligence services...
  • Terrorism Financing: Roots and Trends of Saudi Terrorism Financing - United Nations (pdf)

    01/20/2004 11:46:04 AM PST · by Mel Gibson · 3 replies · 237+ views
    National Review ^ | December 19, 2002 | Jean-Charles Brisard
    A secret report to the United Nations by French investigator Jean-Charles Brisard names seven prominent Saudi financiers of terror; the number matches the seven Saudis mentioned in a 11/26/02 Washington Post article, though it's not known if all the names are the same. The Saudis mentioned by Brisard are: Khalid bin Mahfouz; Yassin al-Qadi; Saleh Abdullah Kamel; Abdullah Suleiman al-Rajhi; Adel Abdul Jalil Batterjee; Mohammed Hussein al-Amoudi; and Wa'el Hamza Julaidan (who has had his assets frozen by the US [State Department, 9/6/02]). Brisard says al-Qaeda has received between $300 million and $500 million over the last 10 years from...
  • The legitimacy of ethnic patriotism

    01/13/2004 8:44:31 PM PST · by DTA · 4 replies · 129+ views
    NATIONAL POST (CANADA) ^ | 2003-01-12 | George Jonas
    The legitimacy of ethnic patriotism George Jonas National Post Monday, January 12, 2004 Victorians tried to sweep sex under the carpet. Our era tries to do the same with ethnic nationalism. The Victorians had the tougher task -- sex has deeper roots in nature than tribal loyalties -- but the roots of ethno-cultural affinity go deep enough. In Serbia's elections last month, to the dismay of many and the surprise of some, the Radical Party won 28% of the vote. This translates to a plurality of 81 seats, or the biggest single bloc, in Serbia's 250-seat parliament. Another 22 seats...

    01/12/2004 9:50:50 AM PST · by robowombat · 8 replies · 630+ views
    U S Army Foreign Military Studies Office ^ | October 1995 | LTC John E. Sray, U.S. Army
    SELLING THE BOSNIAN MYTH TO AMERICA: BUYER BEWARE by LTC John E. Sray, U.S. Army October 1995 "One man who minds his own business is more valuable to the world than 10,000 cocksure moralists." H. L. Mencken "The creation of a Serbian Republic within Bosnia is a victory for racist fanatics." (Anthony Lewis) "A 'political solution' in the Balkans is Orwellian diplo-speak for yielding land to Serbia that it seized by indiscriminate violence." (Albert Wohlstetter) "We should arm the victims of aggression." (William Safire)1 This type of advocacy rhetoric regarding the Bosnian Muslim government in Sarajevo finally grew sufficiently deafening...
  • Kosovo's terrorists continue to wage war

    01/10/2004 8:17:45 PM PST · by DTA · 81 replies · 1,065+ views
    Kosovo's terrorists continue to wage war In the midst of conflicts in Southwest Asia and the Mid dle East, I cannot help but wonder: Whatever happened to the Balkans? We Americans spent more than a decade listening to and watching CNN and BBC clips of the war-torn region and the countless war crimes that had taken place at the hands of various ethnic groups. What about Kosovo? A 78-day bombing campaign was undertaken to "liberate Kosovo's ethnic Albanian population" from the hands of "terror-invoking Serbs." Why was there no media follow- up of the accomplishments of peace-loving and newly liberated...
  • Marcus Gee on Wes Clark (my title)

    01/02/2004 1:14:40 PM PST · by DTA · 15 replies · 192+ views
    The Globe and Mail (Canada) ^ | 2004-01-02 | Marcus Gee
    If Wesley Clark wins the Democratic Party nomination for president of the United States this year, it will be partly on the strength of his performance in the war over Kosovo. General Clark, who was NATO commander during the 78-day conflict in 1999, has made his conduct of the war a centrepiece of his campaign. Here, he claims, was an armed intervention that worked. Unlike last year's invasion of Iraq, which he opposed, the Kosovo war was, as he sees it, both necessary and successful. As his campaign ads modestly put it, in Kosovo he "stopped a campaign of terror"...
  • U.S., Saudis Oppose Al Qaeda-Linked Bosnia Group

    12/23/2003 9:18:13 PM PST · by Destro · 2 replies · 147+ views ^ | Mon December 22, 2003 06:28 PM ET | Reuters
    U.S., Saudis Oppose Al Qaeda-Linked Bosnia Group Mon December 22, 2003 06:28 PM ET WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States and Saudi Arabia have asked the United Nations to add a Bosnia-based representative of a nongovernmental organization to its list of groups tied to al Qaeda, the U.S. Treasury Department said on Monday. The Treasury said the U.N. was asked to name Safet Durguti, who represents an organization called Vazir in Travnik, Bosnia, to a list that makes him subject to travel and other sanctions. In a statement, Treasury said both countries also asked the U.N. to list Vazir as...

    12/18/2003 10:47:58 AM PST · by Destro · 32 replies · 531+ views ^ | 12/17/2003 15:31:25 | MENL
    Last Updated: 12/17/2003 15:31:25 Middle East GREECE DEEMS THREAT FROM BOSNIAN ARABS ATHENS [MENL] -- Greece has determined that its national security interests are being threatened by Al Qaida-aligned Arab agents in Bosnia. The Cabinet of Prime Minister Costas Simitis has convened to discuss what officials termed the threat from an estimated 2,000 Bosnian Arabs to the Olympic Games in August 2004. Officials said Western intelligence agencies have assessed that some of those Arab nationals could be training to carry out attacks on Israeli, U.S. or other targets during the Olympics in Athens. Officials said the threat of an Al...
  • Milosevic attacked Clark's personal character by citing criticism of him by Gen. Hugh Shelton

    12/18/2003 10:36:53 AM PST · by Destro · 111 replies · 251+ views ^ | Wednesday, December 17, 2003 | Elaine Sciolino, New York Times
    <p>The Hague, Netherlands -- U.S. presidential politics can be played on any stage, and for the past two days it has unfolded behind closed doors in a courtroom in the Netherlands.</p> <p>As President Bush basked in the capture of Saddam Hussein, Gen. Wesley Clark, who is seeking the Democratic presidential nomination, has had a strangely coincidental opportunity to point to his history with another man accused of war crimes: former President Slobodan Milosevic of Yugoslavia.</p>
  • Crime, terror flourish in 'liberated' Kosovo

    12/16/2003 10:36:51 AM PST · by Teetop · 22 replies · 345+ views
    National Post (Canada) ^ | December 10, 2003 | Isabel Vincent
    Four years after it was "liberated" by a NATO bombing campaign, Kosovo has deteriorated into a hotbed of organized crime, anti-Serb violence and al-Qaeda sympathizers, say security officials and Balkan experts. Though nominally still under UN control, the southern province of Serbia is today dominated by a triumvirate of Albanian paramilitaries, mafiosi and terrorists. They control a host of smuggling operations and are implementing what many observers call their own brutal ethnic cleansing of minority groups, such as Serbs, Roma and Jews. In recent weeks, UN officials ordered the construction of a fortified concrete barrier around the UN compound on...

    12/07/2003 2:09:42 PM PST · by joan · 53 replies · 2,661+ views
    Sunday Mirror ^ | December 7, 2003 | Graham Johnson
    By Graham Johnson Investigations Editor A TERRIFYING threat to Britain's security can today be revealed by the Sunday Mirror. With the country on its highest-ever state of alert amid fears of a Christmas terror strike our investigators infiltrated a cell of Muslim extremists - and bought enough Semtex to blow up Oxford Street and the Houses of Parliament or down 40 Lockerbie jets. Last night one of the men we dealt with was under arrest. The other was believed to have been assassinated by his own terror masters for blowing their cover. Our 13.5kg haul of Semtex - in 108...
  • Lieberman vs. Lieberman on religion

    12/08/2003 5:58:41 AM PST · by SJackson · 7 replies · 71+ views
    Jewish World Review ^ | Dec. 8, 2003 | Jeff Jacoby
    Senator Joseph Lieberman plays one of the most tangled games of "Twister" in US politics. He is a knee-jerk lefty on most domestic issues but a decided hawk on foreign affairs. The ardently conservative National Review endorsed his first run for the US Senate, but the ardently liberal Americans for Democratic Action regularly gives him high marks (2002 ADA rating: 85 percent). On the Senate floor in 1998, he famously condemned President Clinton's extramarital behavior as "immoral," "harmful," and "sordid," but on the campaign trail in 2003, he routinely invokes — and claims to embody — Clinton's political legacy. Lieberman...
  • Kosovo Offers Police Officers as Peacekeepers, and Is Refused

    10/05/2003 9:03:25 PM PDT · by Destro · 4 replies · 188+ views ^ | October 6, 2003 | ELAINE SCIOLINO
    Kosovo Offers Police Officers as Peacekeepers, and Is Refused By ELAINE SCIOLINO Published: October 6, 2003 PRISTINA, Kosovo, Oct. 5 — At a time when the Bush administration is having little success persuading its major allies to send troops and police officers to postwar Iraq, offers of help are coming from some very unusual — and very small — places. On Sunday, Ibrahim Rugova, the president of the semiautonomous province of Kosovo, said he was eager to send several hundred police officers to help — anywhere they were needed. "I don't have soldiers; however, I have offered police officers —...