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  • Romania deports al-Qaida-linked students

    10/09/2005 2:36:28 PM PDT · 1 of 2
    Darko
    Romania deports al-Qaida-linked students

    BUCHAREST, Romania - Romania has deported five students accused of having ties to al-Qaida and trying to recruit members of the country's Muslim community, an intelligence official said Thursday. The five were placed under surveillance in the capital and the northeast city of Iasi and later deported and banned from returning for the next 15 years, intelligence service spokesman Marius Bercaru said. He would only say the deportations took place this year, and he declined to say where the five students were sent. "The operation aimed to stop this radical Islamic group in Romania and remove these people from the national territory," he told The Associated Press. The five suspects were trying to recruit other members in Bucharest and Iasi, Bercaru said. The newspaper Jurnalul National identified the group leader as Musaab Ahmed Mohamed Mujalli, a Saudi citizen. Other members were Khaldoon Walid Monir Nabhan, an Omani citizen; Sudanese national Aymen Ahmed Fouad Jadkareem; and Asad Abrar Qureshi, a Pakistani. All were students in the city of Iasi, which has a large student population. Bercaru confirmed the details of the newspaper report to The Associated Press. The paper said the group began operating in Iasi and then in Bucharest. Their goal, the report said, was "to brainwash Muslims, indoctrinating them in the spirit of fundamental extremism." Romania has a Muslim population of about 140,000, of which 66,000 are Romanian citizens. The rest are foreigners residing in the country. The paper reported that Mujalli, the group leader, worked from an al-Qaida textbook outlining operational preparations and counterintelligence. "When (the group) met they made propaganda for terrorist acts committed in Afghanistan, Iraq, Chechnya or Bosnia-Herzegovina with the aim of supporting the radical al-Qaida ideology and of approving suicide terrorist attacks," the report said. Group members used the Internet to communicate, and Mujalli had links with Islamic structures outside Romania, including receiving funding from the Middle East, the paper said. Romania has been a strong U.S. ally since the Sept. 11 attacks and currently has 860 troops in Iraq and 700 in Afghanistan.

  • War crimes by members of Al Qaeda Network: MUJAHID'DIN IN BOSNIA

    01/20/2005 12:31:33 AM PST · 3 of 6
    Darko to Darko

    Unfortunately not yet. This is from my new book. It is not publish on Internet yet. As soon as it happen will send a link.

  • War crimes by members of Al Qaeda Network: MUJAHID'DIN IN BOSNIA

    01/20/2005 12:11:11 AM PST · 1 of 6
    Darko
    The International Tribunal in The Hague received the statements of at least ten POWs from the VRS captured by the El-Mujahid unit of the ABiH’s 3rd Corps on Mt. Ozren. They confirm one of the captives was ritually beheaded.

    One technician (statement # KRI-61/97 dated 21 May 1997), captured in the village of Lozna on the Vozuca front on 21 July 1995, was first taken to camp Livade. After two days, he was transferred to the mujahid’din-run camp in Gostovici, where he spent 34 days. Here is how he described his captivity: …I was captured by a group of 12 mujahid’din, one of which was a Bosnian Muslim acting as an interpreter. Immediately upon capture I was beaten. One of the mujahid’din ordered me to kneel, then took an axe with a half-moon blade and a short handle, which he held on a cord around his neck. He wanted to cut my head off, but the interpreter intervened by telling him something in Arabic. I was taken to Livade, where their infirmary was, and they beat me again, brandishing axes and knives and threatening to cut my head off again. One of them ordered me to lie on the ground, then swung an axe right by my head.

    I was then taken to a storehouse, where I found two other VRS prisoners, Š.B. and T.V. After a little while, they took the three of us out, tied us up, and wrote on a piece of paper “Here is how Chetniks [derogatory term for Serbs] end”; they taped it to Š.B.’s back. Afterwards, they ordered us to strip, took us to a room, and said “Now you will see how we slaughter Chetniks.” They hog-tied us [hands and feet behind our backs], then put knives to our throats and yelled that they were going to cut our throats. Then they brought in a cardboard box containing two human heads, which were still bleeding. At the entrance to the room, I had seen two bodies in the uniforms of my unit, but at the time I could not see if they still had their heads. Two days later, we were transferred to Gostovici near Zavidovici. At every checkpoint, they stopped the van in which we were transported, and the mujahid’din that were there would come in and beat us. Civilians who happened to be there would beat us too.

    The mujahid’din camp in Gostovici had tents in a big circle, one of which was bigger and served for religious rituals. Since we could not walk, the mujahid’din carried us into a small, yellow tent. Later, we were moved to a small house with a damaged roof, which was within the camp. They held us in a room on the ground floor. The windows were boarded, and the door had an opening through which the guard could look at us. V.T. was in charge of bringing in and out the bucket which we used for bodily functions.

    We were chained – my left leg to V.T’s right, his left to M.K.’s right, and so on. Each of us was secured by a separate lock. Abuses continued. One of the mujahid’din asked Dr. S. if he was a physician, then tried to force him to slaughter M.K. with a knife. He refused, saying he was supposed to help people, not kill them. Since our hands and feet were chained, we could not feed ourselves. So they unchained one V.G.’s hands, and he fed us, crawling on his knees.

    Mujahid’din would often burst into the room and beat us with clubs and took handles. They sometimes carried handsaws and chainsaws, threatening to cut off our heads. This was psychological torture. One time, they took me outside and one of the mujahid’din kicked me in the mouth. They put a blindfold over my eyes and walked me around so I would lose orientation. Then they put me face-down on the ground, with my hands tied up on my back and my legs tied up with a rubber hose and pulled up. Some other prisoners were brought along, and were beaten and abused one by one.

    One of us, G.V., was wounded in the right thigh before capture. That wound was never treated, so he was in a bad shape. During the beatings, he would howl in pain, and begged the mujahid’din to stop. At one moment, I heard him curse god, since he could no longer take the pain. Then I heard a gunshot. They cut off his head – I did not see the act itself, but others did. The mujahid’din then took our blindfolds off and brought the head to us, ordering us to kiss it. We had to do it. Afterwards, they untied out legs and took us back into the room where we were held, one by one. They also brought in the severed head, and hung it on a hook on the wall. As far as I can recall, the head was there for two days.

    One day, we were taken out into the camp, so all the mujahid’din could see us. I estimated there were about 1000. They surrounded us, and started singing and shouting in Arabic. One was holding a knife and kept trying to approach us – wanting to slit our throats – but was held back by two others. He was angry, foaming at the mouth. We were returned to our prison room afterwards.

    On August 23, 1995, the mujahid’din took us out to the soccer field behind the building where they’d kept us. Three mujahid’din approached me, and one threw down the keys to our locks at my feet. They ordered me to find the key to my lock. When I had done so, they ordered me to get up, and one told me, in Serbian, “Your last minute has come.” They took me behind the goal post and told me to kneel in the little ditch. One was talking in English, and the other was translating to the other mujahid’din. He was telling them to step back, so my blood would not spray all over them. But then he changed his mind, told me to get up, and took me to the middle of the field. There, another mujahid’din that spoke Serbian told me to kneel and put my hands on the ground. The one with the pistol grabbed my hair, pulled my head back, shoved the barrel of the pistol into my mouth, and pulled the trigger. The pistol clicked – it was empty. The other mujahid’din fired two rounds from his rifle right next to me. Then they beat me for about an hour. They stopped only when two MPs from the Muslim army showed up. The MPs took us to the Zenica penitentiary. I was registered with the International Red Cross on December 31, 1995, in Zenica. Until then, I was held secretly.

    At the mujahid’din camp, I suffered five broken ribs, several damaged vertebrae, 11 broken teeth, a broken nose, and head injuries. I’m still in pain. I have medical records to prove it. I was declared an 80% invalid.

    The heads of Mr. Blagoj Blagojevic, Mr.Brane Djuric and Nenad Petkovic

    Crni Vrh near Teslica. The head of Mr. Blagoje Blagojevic held by Arap-jihad fighter mudzahedin from military units “El Mudzahid”. Mr.Alija Izetbegovic are honorary commander of this terrorist unit.

    Mr.Stojan Pudic, Serb civilin from Bosnia, arrested by Arap-jihad fighter. Before his head was cut by sword, his fingers and foots were cut on “traditional” way according to mind of Islamic terrorist. Victims of Islamic fundamentalist cruelty must be killed with great pain, because “Allah is Great”.

    The same sort of brutality was sawn in Iraq where members of Al Qaida killed Nicholas Berg who sits in front of his masked captors in this image from the video. The one standing directly behind Berg reads a statement identifying himself, and then Berg is pushed to the floor. Berg is heard screaming as his throat is cut. One of the captors then holds up his severed head.

  • Extremist cleric urges Muslims via Internet to join Al-Qaeda

    01/20/2005 12:03:40 AM PST · 1 of 9
    Darko
    Extremist cleric urges Muslims via Internet to join Al-Qaeda

    LONDON : An extremist London cleric is appealing to young British Muslims to join Al-Qaeda in live broadcasts on the Internet, the Times reported.

    The Times said cleric Omar Bakri Mohammed, who is banned from many British mosques, says a "covenant of security" allowing Muslims to live peacefully in Britain had been "violated" by anti-terrorist legislation enacted after the September 11, 2001 attacks.

    "I believe the whole of Britain has become Dar ul Harb (land of war)," he says in one of his daily two-hour Internet broadcasts, which the Times said it had monitored three days in a row from January 10 to 12.

    He said in such a place "the kuffar (nonbeliever) has no sanctity for their own life or property".

    "Al-Qaeda and all its branches and organisations of the world, that is the victorious group and they have the emir and you are obliged to join".

    The Times said the 46-year-old Syrian-born cleric stopped short during his broadcasts on an Internet chatroom of calling for attacks on Britain but said Muslims should join the jihad (holy war) "wherever you are".

    He told one woman she was allowed to become a suicide bomber.

    "It happened many times in Palestine, in Chechnya, in Russia... this is no problem, there is no restriction," he said

    He said the voices of dead fighters were calling on British Muslims to fight.

    "These people are calling you and shouting to you from far distant places: al jihad, al jihad. They say to you my dear Muslim brothers, 'Where is your weapon, where is your weapon?'. Come on to the jihad".

    Bakri Mohammed, who has lived in Britain for 18 years since being thrown out of Saudi Arabia and has indefinite leave to remain, disbanded his al-Muhajiroun movement last October.

    The Times said he was believed to reach an audience of between 60 and 70 committed listeners, most of whom were under 30, through his web broadcasts.

    Bakri Mohammed denied when questioned by the Times that he was calling for violent action and said his definition of Britain as Dar ul-Harb was "theoretical".

    He added: "It means that Muslims can no longer be considered to have sanctity and security here, therefore they should consider leaving this country and going back to their homelands.

    "Otherwise they are under siege and obviously we do not want to see that we are living under siege."

    - AFP

  • New York judge orders former Bosnian U.N. ambassador extradited

    01/19/2005 11:51:58 PM PST · 1 of 5
    Darko
    New York judge orders former Bosnian U.N. ambassador extradited

    By LARRY NEUMEISTER, Associated Press Writer

    NEW YORK -- A judge has ordered the extradition of the former Bosnian ambassador to the United Nations after authorities in Bosnia accused him of stealing more than $2.4 million of their government's money.

    U.S. Magistrate Judge Frank Maas stayed the effect of his extradition order for 10 days to allow Muhamed Sacirbey, 48, to appeal the ruling. He also permitted Sacirbey to remain free on bail.

    Sacirbey, reached by telephone Wednesday at his Staten Island home, said he would quickly challenge the ruling.

    "We stand by the position that this is not only a political issue but that I did have full authority to expend funds in the way that I did," said Sacirbey, who was born in Sarajevo in 1956 and became a U.S. citizen in 1973.

    The judge issued the order Tuesday. He wrote in a ruling there was probable cause to conclude Sacirbey embezzled, even if the crime requires him to have acted intentionally to steal funds for personal gain.

    Sacirbey, whose name is spelled on the title page of legal documents as Sacirbegovic, said the judge's conclusions were wrong.

    A judge in Bosnia issued a warrant for his arrest in December 2001.

    Sacirbey has testified that he acted properly while he was ambassador to the United Nations for Bosnia and Herzegovina from 1992 to 2000, even using his own money to fund operations when he did not receive government money.

    He contends that he received no improper personal benefit from government funds and that any shortfalls were overcome by personal funds he contributed to Bosnia's mission and by his decision not to accept a salary while he was ambassador.

    The Bosnian government accused him of stealing about $1.8 million from its Investment Fund Ministry. And a commission appointed by Bosnia's Foreign Ministry found in 2001 that $610,980 was missing from Bosnia's mission to the United Nations.

    The judge said the evidence he saw suggested that Sacirbey all but conceded that some of his expenditures were improper by telling an investigator he would be able to restore some of the missing funds. The judge said that despite that representation, Sacirbey evidently "never replenished the mission account."

    "Worse yet," the judge added, Sacirbey apparently diverted some emergency financial assistance for the mission that had been sent to pay overdue bills after it was learned that money was missing.

    He said evidence suggests Sacirbey also may have evaded efforts by investigators to contact him to resolve some of the problems auditors had discovered. He said the ambassador also failed to account for personal advances he took against the mission account, including large sums of cash paid to lawyers.

    "From this evidence, a finder of fact reasonably could conclude that Sacirbey embezzled funds from the mission account and used them for his own personal needs," the judge wrote.

    Sacirbey said Wednesday that he has invited Bosnian prosecutors to interview him in the United States before concluding whether to bring formal charges against him.

    "I look forward to the opportunity through the appeals process to set this injustice straight," he said.

  • Terrorism Inaugural Fear: Exploding Limousines

    01/16/2005 2:28:32 PM PST · 1 of 1
    Darko
    Inaugural Fear: Exploding Limousines

    Adding to the inventory of potential terror tools at inaugural events are vehicle-borne improvised explosive devices, acording to a report in Time magazine.

    These so-called VBIEDs may possibly be disguised as limousines, and the intel behind the latest fear is a document perhaps written by Issa al-Hindi, an al-Qaida operative captured in Britain last year.

    "Rough Presentation for Gas Limo Project" describes using limousines to deliver bombs equipped with cylinders of a flammable gas.

    The document specifically mentions that limos "blend in" and "can transport larger payloads than sedans ... and do not require special driving skills."

    Furthermore, such vehicle could "access underground parking structures that do not accommodate trucks" and "have tinted windows that can hide an improvised explosive device from outside."

    Al-Qaida used exploding gas devices in the truck bomb that blew up the U.S. Embassy in Dar es Salaam in 1998 and also in a 2002 attack on a Tunisian synagogue.

    Hundreds of limos are expected to swarm over the capital this week, and authorities have warned limo rental agencies to be on the lookout.

  • Sunni Muslim group owns killing of Shiite

    01/15/2005 11:25:27 AM PST · 1 of 6
    Darko
    Sunni Muslim group owns killing of Shiite

    Baghdad, Iraq, Jan. 15 (UPI) -- Iraqi officials searched Saturday for a political leader's teenage daughter, abducted as she walked home from a math tutoring session in Baghdad, CNN said. The abductors used the 16-year-old's cell phone Friday night to send a text message to Khadim Yousef Hulfi, saying, "We have fulfilled our promise to you. We have your daughter." Hulfi is the assistant to the secretary-general of the Iraqi Council of Ministers. Police said the kidnappers have not made any demands and were being sought. Meanwhile, a Muslim group linked to the al-Qaida terror network claimed responsibility for killing a top aide to Iraq's leading Shiite cleric. Ansar al-Islam took responsibility Friday for killing Mahmoud Madaeni, who was shot to death with his son and four bodyguards as he walked home from prayers Wednesday night near his house southeast of Baghdad, the Washington Post reported Saturday. Madaeni was a local clerical representative of Grand Ayatollah Ali Sistani, whose support for the Jan. 30 election has mobilized much of Iraq's Shiite majority. Ansar al-Islam called Madaeni "one of the main supporters of the election" and reiterated its threats to target voters and candidates and to attack polling stations."

  • Iraq war is breeding a new generation of professional terrorists

    01/15/2005 11:19:32 AM PST · 1 of 18
    Darko
    Iraq war is breeding a new generation of professional terrorists, warns CIA report

    Suzanne Goldenberg in Washington Saturday January 15, 2005 The Guardian

    The chaos of Iraq is giving rise to a new generation of "professional" terrorists who will eventually replace al-Qaida as a global threat, according to a CIA thinktank. A report by the National Intelligence Council says the war in Iraq has provided a training and recruitment ground for Islamist militants, much as Afghanistan did for the founding generation of al-Qaida during the war against the Soviet occupation in the 1980s. As new terror organisations emerge on the world stage, al-Qaida will splinter into regional separatist groups, says the report, which forecasts global trends over the next 15 years. "Iraq and other possible conflicts in the future could provide recruitment, training grounds, technical skills and language proficiency for a new class of terrorists who are 'professionalised' and for whom political violence becomes an end in itself," the report says. It gives warning that veterans of the conflict in Iraq could disperse around the world, exporting their deadly expertise. Specifically, the report warns that the US faces an increasing risk of an attack involving biological agents, such as anthrax, and that an emerging and more sophisticated generation of terrorists could also use chemical weapons. The bleak forecast undermines one of the Bush administration's central justifications for invading Iraq: that it was necessary to curb terrorism; that the country was a central front in the "war on terror"; and that the deposed Iraqi dictator, Saddam Hussein, had links to al-Qaida's chief, Osama bin Laden. Instead, the report describes how hundreds of foreign terrorists entered Iraq after the US invasion, and how the insurgency against American forces was viewed by radical Muslims as a war against a foreign occupier, akin to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Terrorists also took advantage of postwar chaos, porous borders and a country awash with weapons. But unlike the rise of al-Qaida in Afghanistan, the emerging terrorists do not require a geographical base, and are expected to rely increasingly on the internet. "While taking advantage of sanctuaries around the world to train, terrorists will not need a stationary headquarters to plan and carry out operations," the report says. "Training materials, targeting guidance, weapons knowhow and fundraising will increasingly be virtual." The terrorists now recruited and trained in Iraq will eventually become the successor generation to al-Qaida, it predicts. "Al-Qaida membership that was distinguished by having trained in Afghanistan will gradually dissipate, to be replaced in part by the dispersion of the experienced survivors of the conflict in Iraq." The 119-page report was based on analysis from more than 1,000 US and foreign observers, and is designed to help the White House track world trends up to 2020. • Staff Sergeant Cardenas Alban was sentenced at a court martial yesterday to a year in jail for the murder of a severely wounded Iraqi teenager in a Baghdad slum district during a Shi'ite uprising last year, the US military said.

  • Terrorist attack at the Karni crossing on the border between Gaza and Israel

    01/15/2005 4:34:25 AM PST · 1 of 1
    Darko
    Video Featuring the Terrorist Attack at the Karni Crossing Released

    January 14, 2005

    A nearly three minute video featuring the Thursday night (January 13, 2005) terrorist attack at the Karni crossing on the border between Gaza and Israel is being circulated on jihadist message boards. The attack, which resulted in the death of six Israeli civilians and wounded five others, was named “Zalzalat al-Housoun” [The Quaking of the Strongholds]. The attack was jointly carried out by three terrorists, one each from al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigades, the Popular Resistance Committees, and Ezzeddine al-Qassam Brigades, the military wing of Hamas. The three gunmen were killed by Israeli soldiers.

    In the video, the three terrorists introduce themselves as,

    1. “Allâh above willing, I the living martyr, Muhannad Abdul Rahman al-Mansi [Abu Jandal], son of al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades, Nabil Massoud Martyrdom Unit.”

    2. “The living martyr, Samir Muhammad Jeha from the legions of an-Naser Salaheddine in the Popular Resistance Committees, from the occupied city of Yafa.”

    3. “The living martyr, Mahmoud Majdi Muhammad Muhammad al-Masri, from martyr Ezzeddine al-Qassam Brigades, the military wing of Hamas.”

    Their statements indicated that this attack is for revenge on the Jews, the enemies of Allâh, and is in retaliation for the assassination of their leaders and the massacres performed by the occupation forces against the proud Palestinian people.

  • Ansar al-Islam Group in Iraq Claims Responsibility for Assassination-Mahmoud alMada’en

    01/14/2005 5:35:03 AM PST · 1 of 8
    Darko
    Ansar al-Islam Group in Iraq Claims Responsibility for Assassination of al-Sistani’s Assistant, Mahmoud al-Mada’en

    In a statement posted to several jihadist message boards on Thursday, January 13, 2005, Ansar al-Islam [Supporters of Islam] - the Iraqi terrorist group closely affiliated with Al-Qaeda and Abu Musab al-Zarqawi - claims responsibility for the January 12 assassination of Mahmoud al-Mada’en, an aide to Iraqi Shiite cleric Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, along with five others.

    The statement notes that al-Mada’en “was considered one of the main supporters of the elections” and further declares: “We also request that fellow citizens not take part in the Iraqi elections, for we will attack the electoral centers in case the elections are held. And in case Arab and Islamic countries send troops to Iraq, we are not going to cross our arms [sit on our hands]; we will fight them before the enemies. Allâh willing, the queues of booby-trapped cars will not stop.”

  • Loopholes and weaknesses of immigration controls:

    01/08/2005 6:36:09 AM PST · 1 of 2
    Darko
    Loopholes and weaknesses of immigration controls:

    Foreign nationals who are terrorist operatives routinely utilize false identity documents to illegally enter the US and/or remain here once they have entered. There are no shortages of examples in this regard - the recent Washington State and Vermont arrests clearly show this. The ability of Islamic Jihad leader Abdel Aziz Odeh to have entered the US numerous times, without leaving a record under his real name, is yet another example. Ghazi Ibrahim Abu Mezer and Lafi Khalil were arrested on July 31, 1997 in a Brooklyn apartment by police officers from the New York City Police Department, based on a tip that people in the apartment were intending to bomb the New York subway system. The arrests narrowly averted a series of bombings that could have killed hundreds of commuters. After the arrests, police determined that Mezer and Khalil were in the United States illegally. Mezer was apprehended three times by the Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) in the thirteen months prior to the arrest in New York for attempting to illegally enter the United States from Canada. At the time of arrest, the INS had begun formal deportation proceedings against him, but he was free on bail and had filed a request for political asylum based on his fear that the Israeli government would arrest him for membership in Hamas. False documents are as important to terrorists and their organizations as their guns and bombs -- they are tools that help them ply their international trade of death and destruction.

    In addition to false documents, alien terrorists and their support operatives frequently engage in immigration benefit fraud. One of the most glaring examples would be asylum fraud. All one has to do is show up at a US port of entry, even without documents, utter the two magic words "political asylum," have any moderately truthful sounding story and one is likely to be processed in - at least temporarily. The tightening of the asylum process over the past couple of years has helped - but, be a fraudulent asylum claimant showing up at a very busy Point of Entry such as JFK Airport or Miami International Airport - and you are likely to remain in detention for only a short time before you are paroled out to (hopefully) appear at a later hearing! If a name (real or false) does not appear in any of the lookout systems and the applicant merely has an alleged "friend" to stay with in the US, then parole from detention is most likely. Of course, it goes without saying, terrorist aliens so released seldom show up again - and the INS, because of serious manpower shortages and conflicting priorities, rarely pursues such absconders. Of course, any number of other immigration fraud schemes abound - marriage fraud, other familial relation fraud, naturalization fraud, work visa fraud (H-1 and L-1 and "E" status - as used by Islamic Jihad officials Ramadan Abdullah Shallah and Bashir Nafi), investor fraud and religious worker fraud.

    Smuggling of alien terrorist operatives - apart from the noted utilization of false documents: alien terrorists use established alien smuggling pipelines across both the US-Mexico and US-Canada border. Maritime smuggling along the coasts, particularly via the Caribbean as well as East and West Coast seaports, occurs. How easy can it be for a terrorist operative to bribe his/her way onto a freighter destined to a busy US seaport, and simply be hidden aboard the vessel until Customs and INS have done their routine inspections, then to simply disembark the vessel?

    The issue of classified evidence in immigration proceedings is now under assault by editorialists in the media and from some members of Congress. What they forget is that these proceedings are administrative in nature - not criminal - and such evidence, in spite of all the recent hoopla, is only rarely and very selectively utilized. Deportation proceedings ultimately result in a person being removed from the US - not sentenced to prison (as in criminal proceedings) - even though aliens may be detained while those proceedings go forward. As such, it should be remembered that aliens detained hold their own cell keys -all they have to is simply agree to be deported and they can be free - just not in the US. Moreover, Congress itself approved of the Classified Information Procedures Act, in which classified information can be introduced in criminal trials without releasing this information to the defendant.

    Unfortunately, too many senior INS managers do not recognize the critically important role INS enforcement branches, particularly the Investigations Division, can and should play in the counter-terrorism and national security arena. These are officials at both the HQ and field levels. INS has but a small contingent of agents dedicated to this work - and, often those do not receive the recognition and support from higher management they should. INS should have at least a hundred field agents assigned to these missions - at least the same it has assigned to Organized Crime Drug Task Force efforts - but in fact INS has less than half that assigned to counter-terrorist efforts in the field. I have been told that it is not unusual for very senior INS officials - especially at headquarters (who should know otherwise), when the topic of counter-terrorism arises in senior staff meetings, to state, "that's the FBI's responsibility" and "what does INS have to do with that"! Certain key, senior INS managers fail to even understand and recognize the very statutes within the Immigration and Nationality Act they are charged with enforcing!

  • TERRORIST RAMUSH HARADINAJ NEW PRIME MINISTER OF KOSOVO AND METOHIJA

    12/13/2004 7:32:36 PM PST · 1 of 9
    Darko
    New Prime Minister of Kosovo and Metohija

    RAMUSH (Hilmi) HARADINAJ

    Born on July 3, 1968, in the village of Glodjani, Municipality of Decani. Suspected to have committed criminal acts of terrorism, association with hostile intentions and the murder of civilians, 108 criminal charges were brought against him. He emigrated to Switzerland in 1989, after which he joined the Foreign Legion in France.

    In 1996 he completed his diversionary terrorist training. In Albania he took part in establishing the logistics bases of Al Qaeda in Kuks and Tropoj which he later used, with a group of trustworthy associates, to transport weapons to K&M.

    In mid-1997, he illegally entered the country and, together with his brothers, Daut and Shkelzen, organized terrorist attacks against the police department in the village of Ranic, Municipality of Decani, and the village of Ponoševac, Municipality of Djakovica, and on the refugee camps in Junik and Babaloc.

    At the beginning of 1998, in Glodjani, he formed a diversionary terrorist group which, following his orders, intercepted and threatened the Serbs and Albanians loyal to the Republic of Serbia. This group, headed by the Haradinaj brothers, attacked a police patrol in the village of Glodjani, in which Miodrag Otovic was murdered.

    In April of the same year, the terrorist group, led by Ramush Haradinaj, established the KLA general staff in Glodjani for Metohija, the members of which became his brothers Daut and Skeljzen, as well as Hilmi Haradinaj, Faton Mehmeti, Rasim Haradinaj, Fadil Nimonaj, Maliq Ndrecaj and others, while Ramush himself was engaged in the promotion and establishment of local general staffs on the overall region of Decani and Djakovica. At the same time, on his initiative, a special KLA unit was formed in Glodjani, called „Black Eagles“, whose commander was Idriz Balaj, aka „Toger“. Under the leadership of Ramush Haradinaj, the „Black Eagles“ kidnapped and brutally mur- dered dozens of Serb civilians. A number of bodies were found in the Radonjic Lake and village wells in the Decani Municipality.

    After KPC was formed, Haradinaj was appointed Deputy Commander of the commander of KPC, Agim Çeku. Towards the end of 2000, he left KPC and established the ABK party. In order to maintain his influence over KPC, he managed to place his brother Daut as the commander of the 3rd RTG of KPC which carries out the assassinations of Ramush’s political rivals. Haradinaj also has close connection within the KPS structure, bearing in mind that a large number of policemen and officers of this formation were active in KLA at the time when Haradinaj was the commander of the KLA general staff in Metohija.

    Ramush Haradinaj is the most influential criminal in Metohija, in the region of Pec, Decani and Djakovica. In cooperation with Ekrem Lluka and Naser Kelmendi, he created a criminal organization which controls the organized smuggling of drugs, cigarettes, oil, oil derivates, weapons, vehicles and other goods. His close associates, Isa Balaj, Arton Tolaj, Avdyl Mushkoli and Ali Haskaj, all from Decani, are in contact with the members of the Albanian mafia.

    A part of the acquired profit from the criminal activities of Haradinaj and his criminal group was given to KPC, and from the same source, a significant part of the financial means was forwarded to Nazim Haradinaj, who supplied the Albanian terrorists in Macedonia with weapons.

    He belongs to an influential family in the Pec region, which has great rivals in the Rugova and the Musaj clan, which traditionally aids Rugova’s DSK, and formerly had close connections with FARK of Bujar Bukosi. On July 7, 2000, he was seriously wounded in the village of Strelci, in the western part of K&M, which was a result of inter-mafia conflict between the groups belonging to Hashim Thaqi and Haradinaj and the Musaj family. Before and after that, a series of murders were committed as a consequence of the blood feud among the warring clans.

    In the second half of 2002, an investigation was launched and Daut Haradinaj and a group of top KPC officers were arrested and sentenced to a number of years in prison. Beside that, criminal charges were brought in the District Court in Pec, against Ramush Haradinaj.

    Aiming to free his brother from prison, Haradinaj, by the mediation of Avdyl Mushkoli, organized demonstrations and initiated the formation of a group of some 30 people who attempted to release Daut Haradinaj by force from the Dubrava prison, Istok Municipality.

    In January 2003, Haradinaj organized the assassination of Tahir Zemaj, a FARK commander, his son Enis and nephew Hysen, on the Priština – Peæ road, in the vicinity of a lumber plant, due to the fact that Zemaj was supposed to be the crown witness in the proceedings against Daut Haradinaj and himself.

    Following Ramush Haradinaj’s orders, Maliq Ndrecaj was sent to the Vitina region, in order to organize the terrorist ANA, which proof of Haradinaj’s involvement in the incidents in southern Serbia. He was especially active in arms procurement and the secret training of terrorists from this region, which was organized in the villages along the administrative border.

  • Possible New Bio-Terrorist Attack on US

    12/13/2004 3:42:36 AM PST · 1 of 12
    Darko
    The Morgellons Research Foundation is dedicated to finding the primary cause of an increasingly prevalent skin disease, which mimics scabies and lice.

    The majority of individuals reporting symptoms of Morgellons Disease reside in California, Texas, and Florida. Several distinct "cluster" areas of this disease have been noted (in order of cluster density) near Los Angeles, San Francisco, Houston, Dallas, and Austin, Texas.

    Physicians treating patients with this disease believe that it involves a novel organism. This organism has been difficult to identify, but appears to infect individuals whose immune systems have been altered by Lyme Disease, also known as Lyme Borreliosis. This foundation is working to identify this novel organism and determine the source of the disturbing crawling, stinging, and biting sensations experienced by people with this disease.

    Most individuals with this disease report non-healing skin lesions, which are associated with highly unusual structures. These structures can be described as fiber-like or filamentous, and are the most striking features of this disease. In addition, many people consistently report finding objects described as black specks, and granules associated with their skin and skin lesions. The granules have also been described as sand or seeds, but are often seen to have fibers emerging from one end. The elongated fibers are often twisted into balls or what appear to be bundles of fibers, as they grow within the skin. Many people refer to these bundles as fiber balls, fuzz balls, or lint balls. The fibers are clearly hyphae-like structures, and yet, due their immense size (150+/- microns wide), they do not fall within the description of known hyphae or pseudohyphae. The fibers are most often white, but are also consistently seen as blue, black, and rarely red. The fibers exhibit a high degree of autofluorescence and are not, repeat not, textile derived.

    Additional organisms may be found on the skin of individuals with this disease, but are considered incidental findings related to skin integrity. The only consistencies observed by laboratories affiliated with this foundation, have been the fibers, black specks, and granule-like structures. These consistencies are the main focus of our investigation of the primary cause of Morgellons Disease. However, this foundation remains dedicated to finding clear answers for all individuals who have received a diagnosis of Delusional Parasitosis.

    Remarkably, not all people with this disease have overt skin lesions, as some individuals report intact skin. The troubling sensations and accompanying physical structures, are the consistent clues to this bizarre skin disease, which we will refer to as a Borrelia coinfection.

    What are the additional symptoms of this disease? An extremely high percentage of our members report the following: Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS), Fibromyalgia (Myalgic Encephalopathy or ME), "brain fog" or cognitive decline, ADHD, mood disorders (primarily Bipolar Disorder and depression), joint swelling and pain, rapid visual and neurological decline, autoimmune disease, and hair loss. Many of these common additional symptoms appear to be related to inflammation. What is inflammation?

    Some of the symptoms and physical structures associated with this disease are unusual and may lead physicians to assume that the patient is misinterpreting their situation. Nearly all (95% of) adults with the symptoms of this skin disease have received a diagnosis of DOP or Delusional Parasitosis. What is Delusional Parasitosis?

  • LINKS BETWEEN 9/11 (MUHAMAED ATTA) AND THE AL-QAEDA NETWORK IN BOSNIA-HERZEGOVINA

    11/28/2004 5:47:07 AM PST · 1 of 3
    Darko
    LINKS BETWEEN 9/11 (MUHAMAED ATTA) AND THE AL-QAEDA NETWORK IN BOSNIA-HERZEGOVINA

    Officials of the Muslim-Croat Federation in BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA never released any information to the US investigators or lawyers representing the families of 9/11 victims, because such information would cast a new light on the entire BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA conflict. They would have made it obvious that the war was a jihad, a religious war waged against Bosnia’s Christians by the Islamic extremists. The Interpol office in Wiesbaden, Germany sent a request to the Bosnian authorities on 18 September 2001 to verify the identity of a certain Mr. Atta, who according to their information used to reside in the hamlet of Bakotiæ, 8 km outside Maglaj, in 1999. Attached to the request was the photo of Mohamed Atta, and a note to verify it through a certain Mehmed Hasaniæ, a resident of Bakotiæ. This means Mohamed Atta was traine in BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA; it is known that he left BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA for Hamburg, from where he proceeded to the United States and his ultimate mission – to destroy the Twin Towers. 4. FIVE KEY AL-QAEDA MEMBERS WHO DIRECTLY OR INDIRECTLY TOOK PART IN 9/11 AND ARE LINKED TO BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA

    • Sheikh Omar abd-al Rahman (convicted of the 1993 attack on the WTC) was connected with the so-called humanitarian organization TWRA, which was a cover for terrorists. Bosnian president Alija Izetbegovic made personal guarantees for TWRA’s general director and personal friend Elfatih Hassanein, so he could open an account with Die Erste Osterreich Bank in Vienna, Austria in 1993. • Mohammed Haydar Zammar, who recruited Mohamed Atta into Al-Qaeda, had a terrorist base in Bosnia. Zammar is also responsible for recruiting two of Atta’s lieutenants, Ramzi Binalsahib and Said Bahaji. • Osama bin Laden received a Bosnian passport from the Embassy in Vienna, Austria. Many other Al-Qaeda members were issued BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA passports, which enabled them to continue their terrorist activities. • Abu al-Ma’ali (Abdelkader Mokhtari), a senior Al-Qaeda operative, was stationed in Bosnia until recently. Just a few years ago, US officials used to call him “Osama Bin Laden, Jr.” • Bensayah Belkacem was arrested in Bosnia in October 2001. Numbers saved in his cell phone connected him with at least one top-rank associate of Bin Laden. American investigators intercepted telephone calls and other evidence showed that Bensayah Belkacem, who was believed to be a native of Algeria or Yemen with Bosnian citizenship, had numerous conversations on cellular telephones last fall with leaders of Al-Qaeda in Afghanistan. He has been identified as a European lieutenant in Al-Qaeda who was ordered to carry out attacks on American targets in the Balkans after Sept. 11.

    The officials said FBI and military investigators were particularly eager to question Mr. Belkacem about the personal background and possible hiding places of Mr. Zubaydah, a Saudi-born Palestinian in his early 30´s who is believed to have coordinated the terrorist attacks ordered by bin Laden.

    Al-Qaeda’s role in radical Islamic activities and events in Bosnia has been frequently mentioned in US media and official government reports since the 9/11 tragedy.

    5. MORE ON SEPTEMBER 11 AND BOSNIA’S AL-QAEDA NETWORK Another senior commander of Mujahedeen battalion in central Bosnia-Herzegovina was Abu Zubair al-Haili (a.k.a. Mohammed Haydar Zammar, "the Bear"), German citizen of Syrian descent. He was the chief handler of the Hamburg Al-Qaeda cell responsible for September 11 suicide hijackings. He received military training in Pakistan in 1991 plied his deadly skills in what militant Islamic fundamentalists refer to as the " Jihad - holy war" which raged in ethnically strife-torn Bosnia in the 1990s.

    Zammar was travelling under the cover of "Tabligh", a missionary sect of Muslims, that he conveniently used for fundamentalist recruiting purposes.

    German investigators have learned that one of the individuals whom Zammar tied into the Al-Qaida network was Mohammed Atta, the pilot of one of the planes that crashed into the World Trade Center. Zammar also brought two of Atta's lieutenants into the al-Qaida network, Ramzi Bin al-Shaibah and Said Bahaji. Indonesian citizen Agus Budiman, who spend more than nine months in a US prison as a terrorist suspect, met Bin al-Shaibah, a Muslim cleric from Hamburg.

    Ramzi Bin al-Shaibah told Budiman that he wanted to take part in the Jihad, or holy war, in Bosnia. Bin al-Shaibah is the 20th hijacker who was supposed to be aboard the plane that crashed into a Pennsylvania field.

    Nawaf Alhazmi and Khalid al-Mihdhar (American Airlines Flight 77 that crashed into the Pentagon) were not like the other hijackers. The two Saudis militant backgrounds is more comprehensive than the others, despite their young ages. In the mid-1990s both apparently were in the Bosnia conflict, and then fought in Chechnya at various times between 1996 and 1998. This was confirmed by the Director of Central Intelligence George J. Tenet during the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence hearings.

    American investigators intercepted telephone calls and other evidence showed that Bensayah Belkacem, who was believed to be a native of Algeria or Yemen with Bosnian citizenship, had numerous conversations on cellular telephones last fall with leaders of Al-Qaeda in Afghanistan. He has been identified as a European lieutenant in Al-Qaeda who was ordered to carry out attacks on American targets in the Balkans after Sept. 11.

    The officials said FBI and military investigators were particularly eager to question Mr. Belkacem about the personal background and possible hiding places of Mr. Zubaydah, a Saudi-born Palestinian in his early 30´s who is believed to have coordinated the terrorist attacks ordered by bin Laden.

  • Al-Qaida Leader Khalid Sheikh Mohammed's Bosnian Links Emerging

    11/28/2004 5:43:36 AM PST · 10 of 10
    Darko to RaceBannon

    LINKS BETWEEN 9/11 (MUHAMAED ATTA) AND THE AL-QAEDA NETWORK IN BOSNIA-HERZEGOVINA

    Officials of the Muslim-Croat Federation in BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA never released any information to the US investigators or lawyers representing the families of 9/11 victims, because such information would cast a new light on the entire BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA conflict. They would have made it obvious that the war was a jihad, a religious war waged against Bosnia’s Christians by the Islamic extremists.
    The Interpol office in Wiesbaden, Germany sent a request to the Bosnian authorities on 18 September 2001 to verify the identity of a certain Mr. Atta, who according to their information used to reside in the hamlet of Bakotiæ, 8 km outside Maglaj, in 1999. Attached to the request was the photo of Mohamed Atta, and a note to verify it through a certain Mehmed Hasaniæ, a resident of Bakotiæ. This means Mohamed Atta was traine in BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA; it is known that he left BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA for Hamburg, from where he proceeded to the United States and his ultimate mission – to destroy the Twin Towers.
    4. FIVE KEY AL-QAEDA MEMBERS WHO DIRECTLY OR INDIRECTLY TOOK PART IN 9/11 AND ARE LINKED TO BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA

    • Sheikh Omar abd-al Rahman (convicted of the 1993 attack on the WTC) was connected with the so-called humanitarian organization TWRA, which was a cover for terrorists. Bosnian president Alija Izetbegovic made personal guarantees for TWRA’s general director and personal friend Elfatih Hassanein, so he could open an account with Die Erste Osterreich Bank in Vienna, Austria in 1993.
    • Mohammed Haydar Zammar, who recruited Mohamed Atta into Al-Qaeda, had a terrorist base in Bosnia. Zammar is also responsible for recruiting two of Atta’s lieutenants, Ramzi Binalsahib and Said Bahaji.
    • Osama bin Laden received a Bosnian passport from the Embassy in Vienna, Austria. Many other Al-Qaeda members were issued BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA passports, which enabled them to continue their terrorist activities.
    • Abu al-Ma’ali (Abdelkader Mokhtari), a senior Al-Qaeda operative, was stationed in Bosnia until recently. Just a few years ago, US officials used to call him “Osama Bin Laden, Jr.”
    • Bensayah Belkacem was arrested in Bosnia in October 2001. Numbers saved in his cell phone connected him with at least one top-rank associate of Bin Laden. American investigators intercepted telephone calls and other evidence showed that Bensayah Belkacem, who was believed to be a native of Algeria or Yemen with Bosnian citizenship, had numerous conversations on cellular telephones last fall with leaders of Al-Qaeda in Afghanistan. He has been identified as a European lieutenant in Al-Qaeda who was ordered to carry out attacks on American targets in the Balkans after Sept. 11.

    The officials said FBI and military investigators were particularly eager to question Mr. Belkacem about the personal background and possible hiding places of Mr. Zubaydah, a Saudi-born Palestinian in his early 30´s who is believed to have coordinated the terrorist attacks ordered by bin Laden.

    Al-Qaeda’s role in radical Islamic activities and events in Bosnia has been frequently mentioned in US media and official government reports since the 9/11 tragedy.

    5. MORE ON SEPTEMBER 11 AND BOSNIA’S AL-QAEDA NETWORK
    Another senior commander of Mujahedeen battalion in central Bosnia-Herzegovina was Abu Zubair al-Haili (a.k.a. Mohammed Haydar Zammar, "the Bear"), German citizen of Syrian descent. He was the chief handler of the Hamburg Al-Qaeda cell responsible for September 11 suicide hijackings. He received military training in Pakistan in 1991 plied his deadly skills in what militant Islamic fundamentalists refer to as the " Jihad - holy war" which raged in ethnically strife-torn Bosnia in the 1990s.


    Zammar was travelling under the cover of "Tabligh", a missionary sect of Muslims, that he conveniently used for fundamentalist recruiting purposes.

    German investigators have learned that one of the individuals whom Zammar tied into the Al-Qaida network was Mohammed Atta, the pilot of one of the planes that crashed into the World Trade Center. Zammar also brought two of Atta's lieutenants into the al-Qaida network, Ramzi Bin al-Shaibah and Said Bahaji. Indonesian citizen Agus Budiman, who spend more than nine months in a US prison as a terrorist suspect, met Bin al-Shaibah, a Muslim cleric from Hamburg.

    Ramzi Bin al-Shaibah told Budiman that he wanted to take part in the Jihad, or holy war, in Bosnia. Bin al-Shaibah is the 20th hijacker who was supposed to be aboard the plane that crashed into a Pennsylvania field.

    Nawaf Alhazmi and Khalid al-Mihdhar (American Airlines Flight 77 that crashed into the Pentagon) were not like the other hijackers. The two Saudis militant backgrounds is more comprehensive than the others, despite their young ages. In the mid-1990s both apparently were in the Bosnia conflict, and then fought in Chechnya at various times between 1996 and 1998. This was confirmed by the Director of Central Intelligence George J. Tenet during the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence hearings.

    American investigators intercepted telephone calls and other evidence showed that Bensayah Belkacem, who was believed to be a native of Algeria or Yemen with Bosnian citizenship, had numerous conversations on cellular telephones last fall with leaders of Al-Qaeda in Afghanistan. He has been identified as a European lieutenant in Al-Qaeda who was ordered to carry out attacks on American targets in the Balkans after Sept. 11.

    The officials said FBI and military investigators were particularly eager to question Mr. Belkacem about the personal background and possible hiding places of Mr. Zubaydah, a Saudi-born Palestinian in his early 30´s who is believed to have coordinated the terrorist attacks ordered by bin Laden.

  • Al-Qaida Leader Khalid Sheikh Mohammed's Bosnian Links Emerging

    11/27/2004 5:19:18 AM PST · 1 of 10
    Darko
    Al-Qaida Leader Khalid Sheikh Mohammed’s Bosnian Links Emerging

    Exclusive. Analysis. With input from GIS Station Sarajevo. Very reliable sources within the Islamist community in Bosnia-Herzegovina told GIS/Defense & Foreign Affairs on November 22, 2004, that evidence was beginning to emerge of very significant links between senior al-Qaida leader Khalid Sheikh Mohammed — the ostensible “master mind” of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the United States — and Islamist groups in Bosnia. Khalid Sheikh Mohammed was detained by US officials in March 2003, and remains in US custody.

    See Defense & Foreign Affairs Daily, September 17, 2003: Bosnian Official Links With Terrorism, Including 9/11, Become Increasingly Apparent as Clinton, Clark Attempt to Justify Support of Bosnian Militants.

    The sources, who have been extremely reliable in the past, produced definitive evidence that Khalid Sheikh Mohammed was integrally linked into the Bosnia al-Qaida terrorist logistical hub. Despite the long chain of evidence which has already emerged over the past three years, the European Union’s appointed ruler of Bosnia-Herzegovina, Paddy Ashdown, has consistently claimed that there was no evidence of terrorist basing or involvement in Bosnia, and has supported the Islamist groups which were, in fact, involved with terrorist support activities.

    The GIS sources had documentary evidence that Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the son of Salem, was born October 22, 1966, in Kuwait. He was in Bosnia as first member of El-Mudzahid unit and then, since 1996, became a member of Egyptian Islamist radical operations. He also obtained Bosnian citizenship and a Bosnian passport under the Government of the late Alija Izetbegovic. By a decision of Sarajevo Police No. 09/2-204-108 dated April 30, 1994, Khaled obtain his Bosnian citizenship certificate and immediately after that his Bosnian passport. This absolutely tied Khalid Sheikh Mohammed into the Bosnian terrorist network; Osama bin Laden and the two al-Zawahiri brothers also obtained their Bosnian credentials in similar ways.

    Defense & Foreign Affairs Daily of September 17, 2003, noted:

    A series of documents, just acquired by GIS/Defense & Foreign Affairs Daily, highlight the links between radical Islamists in key positions in the Government of Bosnia-Herzegovina (B-H) and known and suspected Islamists with terrorist links. Significantly, one of the key Bosnian Islamist officials, Huso (he later called himself Hussein) Zivalj, was B-H Ambassador to the United Nations during the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on New York. He arrived just before the attacks and left the post shortly thereafter.

    It is now becoming increasingly clear that the movement of Zivalj to the New York post just before (and his departure just after) the September 11, 2001, attacks was not coincidental.

    Significantly, the clarity of the links between the Bosnian Islamists and anti-US terrorism is now becoming apparent at a time when former US President William Clinton and his former military appointee and Supreme Allied Commander Europe (SACEUR), Gen. Wesley Clark (now a Democratic Party presidential aspirant for the US 2004 elections), have begun moves to justify their military support for Bosnian and Kosovo Islamists in moves which will almost certainly lead to a new wave of ethnic division in B-H and in neighboring Serbia. [See Defense & Foreign Affairs Daily, September 8, 2003: US Official Implicated With Bosnian High Representative Ashdown in Attempting to Force Fabricated Report on Srebrenica.]

    Zivalj had earlier — between 1992 and 1995 — been B-H Ambassador to Vienna, Austria. At that time, he approved a significant number of visas and passports to radical Islamists of non-Bosnian origin. He then went on to be Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, the most senior Muslim position in the Ministry. He maintained a constant shuttle during his time as Deputy Minister from Sarajevo to Vienna, the United States and a number of Arab countries.

    Significantly, Huso Zivalj was a key component of the September 11, 2001, attacks on the US, attacks apparently organized in large part by Khalid Sheikh Mohammed. If both were involved, at a senior level, in the September 11, 2001, attacks, it is reasonable to accept that there was liaison either between the two, or between entities the two used. A significant number of the known September 11 attackers also had direct links into Bosnia.

    It is also significant that, despite the fact that the US Government has had Khalid Sheikh Mohammed in custody for more than a year, there has been no mention of Bosnia‘s rôle in the September 11, 2001, attacks, despite the growing volume of evidence linking Bosnia to the attacks. There has been some suggestion that the linkage was an embarrassment to the US Government — and particularly to the US Dept. of State — which had been a significant source of support for the Bosnian Islamists during and after the Bosnian civil war.

  • Terror suspects detained in Russia's Tatarstan had explosives

    11/22/2004 3:48:13 AM PST · 1 of 1
    Darko
    Terror suspects detained in Russia's Tatarstan had explosives

    Kazan, 19 November: Four members of an international terrorist organization who were attempting to distribute leaflets of an extremist nature have been detained in Almetyevsk, the press centre of the Tatarstan Interior Ministry announced today.

    Those detained, who are of Central Asian origin, are members of the terrorist organization, Hizb ut-Tahrir (Islamic Liberation Party). A search of their flats revealed explosives and explosive devices, something that "allows one to say that they were preparing a terrorist act", a press centre spokesman said.

    The prosecutor's office has instituted a criminal case under the article dealing with "instigation of national, racial and religious enmity".

    According to the Federal Security Service Directorate for Tatarstan, more than 20 militants and one of the ringleaders of the terrorist organization, which operated in Kazan, Naberezhnyye Chelny, Almetyevsk and Yelabuga, have been detained in recent days.

  • Spanish court upholds indictment of 21 members of Al Qaeda cell

    11/18/2004 11:24:02 PM PST · 11 of 12
    Darko to TheHound

    Madrid Bombings Highlight Extent and Capability of Islamist Networks
    Reactivation of Bosnian Support Net for New US Attacks?
    Analysis. By Gregory R. Copley, Editor, GIS. A series of tightly coordinated bombings on the commuter rail networks of Madrid, Spain, during rush hour on the morning of March 11, 2004, were clearly linked to the al-Qaida-related group, the Abu Hafs al-Masri Brigades, which during 2003 and 2004 were engaged in geographically dispersed terrorist bombings in Ankara, Turkey, and against the UN compound in Baghdad, Iraq, in August 2003. More than anything, however, the March 11, 2004, bombings highlighted the extensive European network of the various Islamist groups and gave some indications of further activities.
    There is now evidence to indicate a pattern of terrorist attacks during 2004 designed to help remove the governments of Spain, the US and Australia. In this context, in the US and Spanish operations, the Bosnian Islamist terror support network plays a key rôle, and GIS/Defense & Foreign Affairs has continued to gain information which highlights this fact. [GIS/Defense & Foreign Affairs readers are familiar with the extensive volume of intelligence material on this matter produced over the past decade; much of that is available in the Special Reports and Archival sections of the Global Information System.]
    Operations of the magnitude of the March 11, 2004, “Operation Death Trains” (as it was described in the al-Masri communiqué which followed the bombings) require massive support infrastructures. The earlier and most recent al-Masri actions demonstrated a seamless and comprehensive capability which spans Western Europe, and involves networks which have embedded themselves into Western society over the past 15 or more years. In the case of the Iranian aspects of the support network — which not only has supported nominally Shi’i terrorists, but also nominally Sunni (Wahabbi) terrorists — the process of embedding support structures in Western Europe and North America has been underway since 1979, when extremist clerics seized power when the Shah left Iran.
    In the case of the latest Spanish attacks, Iran had long coordinated terrorist activities, training and other support measures which linked Spain's ETA Basque separatist terrorist organization with other groups. ETA, which was apparently not represented at the gathering of terrorist organizations in Tehran earlier in 2004, has in the past attended Iranian terrorist conclaves, convened, ostensibly, to discuss the Palestinian issue. In reality, the more-or-less annual gatherings in Tehran — addressed and most significantly supported by the so-called “moderate” Iranian Pres. Hojjat ol-Eslam (Ali) Mohammad, Khatami-Ardakani — are gatherings to facilitate cooperation, training, interoperability and financing of disparate terrorist groups aimed at common enemies, particularly the US.
    ETA routinely attends these gatherings, and its members meet with other Shi’ite and Sunni (and non-Muslim) terrorists from other areas. As well, ETA has trained and used Iranian-controlled terrorist facilities in Lebanon’s Beqa’a Valley. However, it is almost certainly the case that ETA was not officially involved in the March 11, 2004, bombings in Madrid, at least from the evidence known thus far. But it is almost certain that some individuals within ETA provided some of the logistical support or local area knowledge for the attacks.
    Most significant in the European capability for the range of Islamist terrorist activities is the network built up, mostly since 1990-91, in Bosnia & Herzegovina. This network has become the hub of operations extending into Germany, France, Spain, Britain and elsewhere in Western Europe and North America.
    The Bosnian-based operations — which engage a number of different Iranian-run terrorism/insurgency cadres as well as a variety of Arab mujahedin groups as well as direct Bosnian Islamist operations — provided the essential capability for the September 11, 2001, terrorists. That Bosnian network extended to the use of the Bosnia-Herzegovina Mission to the United Nations, in New York.
    A September 17, 2003, report in Defense & Foreign Affairs Daily, and entitled Bosnian Official Links With Terrorism, Including 9/11, Become Increasingly Apparent as Clinton, Clark Attempt to Justify Support of Bosnian Militants, noted:
    A series of documents, just acquired by GIS/Defense & Foreign Affairs Daily, highlight the links between radical Islamists in key positions in the Government of Bosnia-Herzegovina (B-H) and known and suspected Islamists with terrorist links. Significantly, one of the key Bosnian Islamist officials, Huso (he later called himself Hussein) Zivalj, was B-H Ambassador to the United Nations during the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on New York. He arrived just before the attacks and left the post shortly thereafter.
    It is now becoming increasingly clear that the movement of Zivalj to the New York post just before (and his departure just after) the September 11, 2001, attacks was not coincidental.
    That extensive report also said:
    Significantly, Zivalj, who is regarded as the most important radical Islamist in the B-H networks, working closely with al-Qaida and Iranian terrorist officials, has a US Green Card (permanent residency), and his family is believed to be living still in Florida. Zivalj now is believed to be a director of Islamic Bank, in B-H. He spent some time, during the communist era in the former Yugoslavia, in prison with Alija Izetbegovic, who later became the Islamist President of B-H. Significantly, Zivalj used his position in Vienna to issue, in 1995, a B-H passport to Safet Catovic [Passport No. BH-46600], and GIS/Defense & Foreign Affairs Daily has the documentation on this. Earlier, he had issued a B-H passport to Osama bin Laden, head of the al-Qaida networks.
    Zivalj had been a Vice-President and member of the governing board of the Third World Relief Agency (TWRA), which had been funded by Osama bin Laden, and with which Sheikh Omar Abd-al-Rahman (the so-called “blind sheikh”) was involved. The Egyptian Sheikh Omar was convicted for his rôle in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing in New York. TWRA was founded in Vienna in 1987 and had links with the Izetbegovic Government in Bosnia-Herzegovina as well as with Dr Hassan al-Turabi and his terrorist operations in Sudan.
    This network, which played a key and direct rôle in the September 11, 2001, attacks on the United States, has been at the center of the so-called "green transversal", the line which runs essentially from Afghanistan through Western Europe to North America, running drugs and arms and supporting Islamist proselytization and terrorism. This network, essentially established and managed with the immense support of the late Bosnia-Herzegovina leader Alija Izetbegovic, remains in existence and is tied directly to both al-Qaida as well as with the Iranian Government, which stations Pasdaran (Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps: IRGC) fighters in organized groups and compounds inside Bosnia.
    GIS/Defense & Foreign Affairs Daily has provided extensive reporting, with documented details and collateral, on this subject for some years, but particularly during the past year. A number of US and European officials engaged in monitoring the implementation of the 1995 Dayton Accords in Bosnia-Herzegovina, however, have consistently refuted the data, largely because it would imply a failure of their mission and, more significantly, it would imply that the current rundown of peacekeeping forces in Bosnia — to meet needs in Iraq, Afghanistan and elsewhere — should not be undertaken.
    Now, however, the messages emanating from Abu Hafs al-Masri Brigades and other al-Qaida and Islamist sources is that “al-Qaida” was now 99 percent ready for another major terrorist attack on the United States. In fact, it is not just the amorphous “al-Qaida” — which is merely a convenient catch-all name for the activities now underway — but a heavy campaign to strike at the US and its allies, including particularly Spain and probably the UK (and perhaps Australia), before the US-led Coalition succeeds in helping Iranians remove the radical clerical leaders and find and destroy Osama bin Laden himself. The attack on Madrid, timed three days before general elections, was clearly not a coincidence, and was meant to warn voters that they must pay the price for their Government’s support for the US-led “war on terror”.
    A similar campaign was clearly planned for the US in 2004, a year which gives the Iranian clerics the chance to achieve “regime change” in the US. Only the removal of the US Bush Administration would give both the Iranian clerics and the bin Laden hierarchy the breathing space they seek.
    GIS/Defense & Foreign Affairs Daily reported in 2003 that the Iranian clerics were known to have committed some $200-million to achieving “regime change” in the US. It is not insignificant that a major flow of funds through Albanian-Americans reached now-failed Democratic candidate Gen. Wesley Clark and significant funding is reaching the campaign of Democratic Presidential candidate John Kerry through Iranian-Americans, even though the expatriates of both those countries may in large part be unaware why their help had been solicited in funneling funds to the candidates. But the Iranian-bin Laden attempts will go far deeper than that; they will almost certainly include attempts at staging terrorist “spectaculars”.
    However, the timing and success of these attacks is critical. Clearly, the attacks must be seen to be overwhelmingly successful, and therefore all planning precautions will be taken to ensure that they do not appear to be “damp squibs” which merely embarrass the perpetrators.
    Significantly, there are indications that the Bosnian support network in the United States remains intact and functioning. Even former BH Ambassador to the UN Huso Zivali remains at large; he has a US permanent resident “Green Card” and his family lives in Florida. One of his key functionaries in the build-up to September 11, 2001, Safet Catevic, and who was clearly involved in the US Islamist operations linked to the September 11, 2001, attacks, also remains at large and may still be in the US.
    But more significantly, GIS/Defense & Foreign Affairs on March 11, 2001, uncovered extensive intelligence material on the background to the current Bosnia-Herzegovina Permanent Representative (Ambassador) to the United Nations, Kušljugic Mirza, a committed member of the Islamist leadership which had conducted the Bosniak side of the civil war with Iranian and bin Ladenist help in Bosnia, and which later was documented to have supported the September 11, 2001, attacks in the US. A translation from the dossier is quoted at length as follows:
    Kušljugic Mirza, ambassador of BiH [Bosnia & Herzegovina] to UN, during the armed conflict in former Bosnia and Herzegovina, was a member of the highest leadership of Municipal Assembly of the town of Tuzla and the War Presidency of SDP Tuzla, where he planned, encouraged, ordered, committed or in some other way supported planning, preparations and executing the following:
    1. Persecutions of Serbs in the municipality of Tuzla, establishing Muslim authorities based on ethnic and religious background in towns, municipalities and villages where the Serb population lived and worked;
    He participated in a national rebellion in the party SDP BiH in Tuzla when Muslims in 1991 and 1992 informally took over the leadership, keeping all other Serb activists isolated from information and real activities. They created the ruling system based on national and religious background, preparing themselves to illegally attack the Serbs.1
    As a member of the War Presidency SDP in Tuzla and a member of the War Presidency of the Municipal Assembly (MA) in Tuzla, he contributed, by his deeds and actions, to the ethnic cleansing of Serbs in the region of municipality of Tuzla, which consequently led to a downfall of the number of Serbs from 22,000 to 2,000 in 1995.
    Together with the other members of the War Presidency of MA Tuzla, he ordered and supported illegal mobilization of Serbs although many of them had been incapable for military service and ill, manipulating mobilization in such a way to collect the Serbs on important scientific and professional positions and consequently changing the structure of the authorities.
    During 1992, 1993, and 1994 he supported arresting and dismissing from work the respectable citizens of Serb nationality, and refused to protect them.
    As a member of the highest leadership of the MA Tuzla, he supported torturing and beating of Serbs who had been regularly coming to work (for example, in the company "Solana" and salt mines).
    Together with Ademir Mešetovic, Mevlid Vlaic, Jasmin Imamovic and the others he had been hiding those facts from the foreign politicians and officials of the International Community, humanitarian workers and foreign journalist, as well as hiding the war truth about what was happening in the municipality of Tuzla. In addition, he created a false image on Selim Bešlagic, a president of the War Presidency of MA Tuzla, glorifying his “war charisma” and falsely presenting him in public as a multi-ethnically oriented and democratic politician.
    Together with Rusmir Mahmutcehajic he formed an international forum “Bosnia”, which used the motto of democracy, human rights and multi-ethnicity to cover the position of the absolute domination of Bosniaks in BiH aimed at achieving not - democratic goals in the whole territory of BiH.
    2. War Crimes against Serbs (illegal arrests, imprisonment, liquidations, inhuman and brutal treatments)
    As a member of the highest leadership of the municipality Tuzla he was acquainted with the fact that the secret lists for arrests and liquidations of Serbs had been made, thus he allowed and supported establishment of private jails in Tuzla kept by jailkeepers Faruk Prcic and Ahmet Šerija Zaimovic. All the members of the Presidency knew what was happening in jails, they refused to prevent torturing and abuse of prisoners. On one occasion when Faruk Prcic shot dead a Serb in premises of the Institute where one of the jails was based, he was told not to do it in that place.
    As a member of the War Presidency, Kušljugic knew that the arrests and liquidations of Serbs had been going on but he did not do anything to prevent it nor to take them into his protection. Serbs had been arrested and liquidated in their apartments, houses, streets and factories, and the arrested ones taken to death camps Ljubace and Kladanj. The bodies of the liquidated Serbs had been thrown into pits, and afterwards dug-out and buried in some secret places by special forces of the central party SDA.2
    The purpose of those crimes was to eliminate Serbs from a political and public life.
    3. Hiding traces of the committed war crimes
    As a member of the War Presidency he knew that the bodies of dead soldiers in Trnovo had been dug out next to the Orthodox cemetery. The bodies were removed to different locations three times. Excavations were done by Faruk Prcic and organized by Timun Mumic from the SDA headquarters, while an advisor was Amir Meševic.
    4. Involvement in preparations, planning and organization of attacks on the civilians and religious sites
    Kušljugic participated in making decisions on the attacks launched at Dubica and Kalesije, refusing to forbid burning and plundering of Serbs' houses and churches.
    In addition, he participated in making decisions on the attacks and cleansing in Caklovici, Simin Han, and Pozarnica where significant numbers of civilians were murdered, houses plundered and burned down; the rest of the population fled, and the Orthodox church was severely devastated (Faruk Prcic, a member of an engineering unit of the Tuzla's brigade, destroyed it), and nothing was done to prevent or forbid such activities.
    Together with Sead Avdic and Selim Bešlagic, Kušljugic made decisions to launch attacks on Tinj and Duboki Potok, where they burned down, destroyed and plundered everything on their way with a purpose to make a military and logistic corridor toward the North and Croatia. Within the War Presidency, Kusljugiæ was one of the decisionmakers who launched attacks on Smoluca.3
    5. Participation in weapons supplies to Muslims- Bosniaks and preparations of attacks against Serbs
    Together with Ademir Mešetovic [Kušljugic] participated in illegal weapons supplies from Croatia in 1991 and 1992, making payments by distribution of newly build flats by "Tehnograd" Tuzla.
    As a member of the War Presidency he participated in planning of the attacks launched at a convoy of JNA [Yugoslav National Army] although it had been arranged in advance, on May 15 1992, that the convoy would leave the town of Tuzla in peace;
    6. Participated in illegal production an use of prohibited weapons
    As a member of the War Presidency of MA Tuzla, Kušljugic participated in making decisions on production of chemical weapons based on chlorine. Adem Tucakovic alias Tuke was in charge of production of chlorine weapons in the "HAK". Shells filled with chlorine were made under the supervision of Faruk Prcic in "TTU". The chlorine shells were produced in premises of "UMEL" behind the UNHCR field office.
    7. Direct cooperation with Islamic fundamentalists
    During the war in Tuzla, Kušljugic established a direct cooperation with the representatives of TWRA in Vienna, known for its undemocratic, Islamist, militaristic and intelligence role in the whole world.
    8. Other
    What gives the best description of Kušljugic’s personality is the fact that in his Cabinet based in premises of Electro-technical Faculty in Tuzla, he keeps stolen paintings of an artist Nezir Corbic from Tuzla. The paintings were stolen from the artist's studio in Tuzla in 1992. Allegedly, Kušljugic has bought the paintings from Cazim Sarajlic, a manager of the gallery of fine arts in Tuzla.
    Footnotes to the Dossier
    1. The war structure of SDP party and its leadership was a such one that it included only Muslims or rather Bosniaks, having eliminated all the Serbs, Croats and Bosniak- intellectuals who had refused to abide with the policy of a national selection.
    2. The list had been made by Adnan Jahic, Rifet Haskic (SDA bought him an apartment), Vedad Spahic - Vana, Salih Brkic (at the time advisor and a coordinator), Meho Krainovic (supported those activities, a refugee from Bijeljina). One of the jails was in a basement of the Institute in Miladije, where distinguished citizens from Tuzla, Serbs, had been tortured and beaten. Only two floors above the jail, in the same Institute building, the War Presidency was based led by Selim Bešlagic. Citizens who resided next to the Institute on daily basis used to hear screams and moans of the tortured people, so they would sent their children away from the Institute. Zaimovic has received a pension from the Government of Netherlands, he freely goes visiting his daughter in the Netherlands, remaining free from any sanctions by the Federation BiH for having committed war crimes.
    3. Immediate carriers and perpetrators of crimes against Serbs were the following persons:
    (i) ŽILIC MEHMED, Chief of Security in the 2nd Corps HQ Army FBiH, so called ABiH, in charge of the death camps in Lubaca and Kladanj;
    (ii) ENES BECIC, today employed as an engineer in Tuzla;
    (iii) JAHIC- brother of SULJO JAHIC, employed in the Headquarters in Tuzla;
    (iv) AVDO MEŠIC (company "Tuzla - Broker") had given his minibuses for the purpose of arresting and transporting Serbs into the death camps;
    (v) TUFIK SELIMBAŠIC, an armed escort of SIFET KREKIC, used to murder some of the arrested Serbs immediately on the spot. Today, an owner of a sawmill in Brateljevici near the town of Kladanj, enjoying protection of some Cauševic from getting arrested;
    (vi) MEHO BEGIC, at the time in charge of making lists of the Orthodox churches to be destroyed;
    (vii) JASMIN IMAMOVIC, in charge of the action of destroying the building "Borac".
    The situation is now that both the Iranian and “al-Qaida” leaderships must move with increasing speed and rapidity if they are to remove their major opponents before they themselves can be removed: 2004 is the decisive year for them both. Striking Madrid on March 11, 2004, was intended to help remove the current Spanish Government of Prime Minister José Maria Aznar at the forthcoming elections. If the Spanish electorate responds by overwhelmingly supporting Sr Aznar’s Popular Party (Partido Popular, PP), then the Iranian and bin Ladenist leadership could conceivably reconsider how it conducted further attacks against, say, the US in the run-up to the November 2004 Presidential and Congressional elections. But if the Spanish electorate is perceived to react in a manner which reproaches Prime Minister Aznar, then the Iranian and bin Laden team would almost certainly move to implement major terrorist “spectaculars” in the US, attempting to show how the Bush Administration had failed to protect the US from terrorist attacks.
    Having said that, it is now almost inconceivable that — regardless of the outcome of the Spanish elections — the Iranian and bin Ladenist leadership would not go ahead with attacks on the US in an attempt to influence the elections there. Equally, attacks will almost certainly be held to influence the elections which must be held in Australia before November 10, 2004.
    In the interim, the “success” of the March 11, 2004, attacks in Madrid would provide impetus for the attacks which intelligence reporting indicates have been planned for the August 2004 Athens Olympic Games. In attacks on the US and the Olympics, as with the attacks of March 11, 2004, in Madrid, the Bosnian Islamist network plays a crucial rôle. Attacks on the Olympics would risk to a certain degree the operational planning, distribution and safe-have hub which Bosnia has provided for the Islamist push into Europe, just as attacks in Australia would end the safe-haven status of that country for Islamists who have wished to move out of sight.
    However, given the fact that both Osama bin Laden and his team, and the Iranian clerics are fighting for their lives, the short-term objective of survival should be expected to prevail over the risk of such attacks to the long-term viability of the safe-haven bases. Indeed, if Iran and bin Laden were to be successful in removing the Bush Administration in the US, the Aznar Administration in Spain and the Howard Administration in Australia, then it is entirely likely that they would have broken the back of their opposition, and the “war on terror” would be sidelined.
    The push into Western and Central Europe by the Islamists would then move forward, including a renewed outbreak of war in Bosnia-Herzegovina — to drive the Serbs of Republica Srpska out of that remaining territory in Bosnia — and in Serbia, to remove the Serbs from Kosovo and Metohija as well as the Raška area of southern Serbia; and in Montenegro, to ensure the removal of Montenegrin Christians; and in Macedonia, to ensure the geographic security of the Muslim territory which could provide a clean, almost unbroken link from Afghanistan to the heart of Europe.
    In all of this, the Bosnian network is paramount. It has provided weapons and manpower for the conflict against the US-led Coalitions in Iraq and Afghanistan during the past year, and provided the essential infrastructure in Europe which helped the Madrid attacks. Significantly, Bosnia-Herzegovina has in place in its UN Embassy in New York a committed Islamist, already tied to major war crimes. Just as it did in the run-up to the September 11, 2001, attacks. The US did not even investigate the links following September 11; the Bosniak leadership is counting on the fact that the US will not now look into the Bosnian link.

  • Spanish court upholds indictment of 21 members of Al Qaeda cell

    11/18/2004 5:33:48 PM PST · 1 of 12
    Darko
    Spanish court upholds indictment of 21 members of Al Qaeda cell Spain's top terrorist-crimes court on Wednesday sustained the indictment of 21 suspected members of a Spanish cell of Al Qaeda believed to have played a major role in the Sept. 11 attacks on the United States.

    Spain's National Court rejected motions to dismiss charges against 21 of the 35 men indicted in the case, including several fugitives, the most notorious of which is Osama bin Laden.

    The court found that the investigating judge, Baltasar Garzon, found "rational evidence of criminality that, in his judgment, attends each of the accused as members of the terrorist organization Al Qaeda in Spain."

    In June, Garzon, finished putting together the case against Al Qaeda in Spain, with Saudi citizen Osama bin Laden as chief suspect.

    Another is Imad Eddin Barakat Yarkas, known as Abu Dahdah, alleged head of the Spanish cell, which authorities believe ceased to exist as a result of Operation Date - named after the nut of an Arabian palm tree - conducted following the Sept. 11 attacks.

    In his indictment, Garzon concluded the accused used Spain as a base for preparing the U.S. attacks, as well as for obtaining funds and support for the organization.

    Garzon charged each of the defendants, a dozen of which are behind bars in Spain, with a count of terrorist homicide for person killed in the Sept. 11 attacks in New York, Washington and Pennsylvania.

    He also charged Bin Laden and other members of Al Qaeda with belonging to or collaborating with terrorists, tax evasion, forgery of a business document, fraud and weapons possession.

    In the course of his investigation, Garzon sought and obtained information from Germany, the United States, Indonesia, Greece, Great Britain, Belgium, Yemen, Syria, Sweden, Turkey, Jordan and Saudi Arabia.

  • Dutch raid 'terror' camps

    11/18/2004 1:54:04 AM PST · 6 of 6
    Darko to Cacique

    Irish Times. Source: Financial Times Information Limited - Europe Intelligence Wire

    Thanks.

  • Chechen official calls for all-round approach to fighting terrorism

    11/16/2004 1:36:52 AM PST · 1 of 1
    Darko
    Chechen official calls for all-round approach to fighting terrorism

    Groznyy, 15 November: Chechen Deputy Prime Minister Ramzan Kadyrov has called for using a multifaceted approach to eradicate terrorism and violence in Chechnya.

    "Targeted special operations must be uninterrupted and tough as regards particular ringleaders and terrorists guilty of people's deaths," Kadyrov told Interfax. Special significance should be attached to operational and reconnaissance measures, Kadyrov said.

    "District police stations, divisional inspectors, and even heads of local administrations must serve as the eyes and ears of the regional operational headquarters and other agencies fighting terrorists," he said. "We have decided to dramatically increase the responsibility of this link, because within their territories they must know not only who is involved in unlawful armed groups but be aware of when each mouse leaves its hole and when it comes back," Kadyrov said. If this information does not reach the higher leadership, that means it is being concealed, for which somebody must answer, he said.

    Kadyrov also called for stepping up ideological work to explain to the people the essence of Wahhabism, the real purposes of guerrillas, and the methods and purposes of those financing the terrorists. "Unfortunately, specific, correct, and targeted propaganda and counter-propaganda is lacking in the Russian media, and it is sometimes substituted by blame being put on the entire people," he said.

    "Even in the most difficult times, when the unlawful armed groups included prominent field commanders and received substantial money from abroad, special attention was paid to efforts to return deluded young people from these groups, and dozens of guerrillas left the woods every month," Kadyrov said. He called for stepping up these efforts as well. "I will never agree with those favouring absolute amnesty, but it is necessary to struggle for those who have not yet committed crimes so that the unlawful armed groups not be beefed up," he said.

    Kadyrov also suggested that new jobs must be created to give young people the opportunity to earn their living in a fair way. He said ten per cent of unemployed Russians are Chechen residents now. Talking about a special operation that is under way in the Chechen mountains, Kadyrov said it has been very productive. "Since it was launched, dozens of guerrillas have been killed, including the most irreconcilable and rueful terrorists, and a huge amount of weapons has been seized. The circle around the guerrilla leaders is tightening every day," he said.

  • Dutch raid 'terror' camps

    11/16/2004 1:31:49 AM PST · 1 of 6
    Darko
    Dutch raid 'terror' camps

    Dutch authorities have raided a camp suspected of training Kurdish guerrillas for "terrorist attacks" in Turkey and have arrested 38 people.

    About 200 police swooped across the south of the Netherlands, including on a farmyard campsite, where night-vision equipment, passports and a gun were seized. Prosecutors say about 20 people were being trained for "the armed struggle of the PKK in Turkey, including terrorist attacks".

    The PKK, or Kurdistan Workers Party, has been fighting for 20 years for a Kurdish homeland in south-east Turkey.

    The Turkish community of about 350,000 is the largest minority community in the Netherlands. The number of Kurds there is estimated at from 40,000- 100,000.

  • Video Catches Marine Shooting Injured Enemy

    11/16/2004 1:28:31 AM PST · 55 of 61
    Darko to Prime Choice
    Just received information from my soruces from Iraq. Soldier made the right choice. According to my sources, injured terrorist had hand granade ready to activate as soon as soldeir approach to him.
  • My friend died in Fallujah

    11/15/2004 4:51:15 AM PST · 185 of 205
    Darko to BraveMan

    May God rest this hero's soul, and give comfort to his family.

  • Spanish 'terrorist ordered Van Gogh killing'

    11/08/2004 9:10:46 AM PST · 8 of 11
    Darko to DOGEY

    Feds Say Charity Lied About Links To bin Laden
    By REBECCA CARR / Cox Washington Bureau
    05-01-02
    WASHINGTON --The head of one of the nation's largest Muslim charities was charged Tuesday with allegedly lying about his involvement with Osama bin Laden and his al-Qaida network of terror.
    In a 35-page criminal complaint, the government contends that Enaam M. Arnaout and the Benevolence International Foundation supported bin Laden operatives who were searching for nuclear and chemical materials and plotting terrorist strikes around the world.
    Arnaout, 39, executive director of the foundation based in southwest suburban Chicago, has denied in court documents any involvement with terrorists.
    The complaint alleges that Arnaout has close ties with bin Laden and his top aides dating back to the 1980s when the Syrian-born naturalized American was living in Pakistan.
    For example, in 1989, bin Laden asked Arnaout to care for one of his wives at his home in Pakistan until he could pick her up, according the government.
    Arnaout was an "administrator" for bin Laden, distributing funds on his behalf, according to a confidential witness now cooperating with the government.
    The complaint also alleges that the foundation sponsored the visa and paid for the housing in Bosnia for Mamdouh Salim, a key bin Laden associate, who allegedly approved the purchase of uranium for making a nuclear weapon.
    And the al-Qaida operative ordered to carry out the purchase of the uranium, Mohamed Bayazid, used the foundation's address in Illinois to obtain a driver's license, according to the complaint.
    Salim was arrested in Germany in 1998 and is currently awaiting trial in New York City on charges of conspiring with bin Laden and al-Qaida to kill U.S. citizens.
    In addition, the foundation allegedly aided the Chechen mujahideen, providing money, supplies, steel-sole boots and an X-Ray machine.
    U.S. Magistrate Judge Ian H. Levin ordered Arnaout held until a detention hearing next Tuesday.
    The foundation's attorney, Matthew Piers, called the government's criminal complaint "bizarre." Arnaout and the foundation have not been charged with terrorism. They have been charged with perjury stemming from a civil lawsuit initiated by the foundation.
    "The government, having gone through this charity with a fine tooth comb hasn't charged him with terrorism, but has charged him with perjury. I think this is compensation for the fact that the war on terrorism is failing," said Piers, comparing the arrest to the more than 1,400 people who have been detained but not charged with terrorism since the Sept. 11 attacks..
    "What is of deep concern is the 'super charge' manner in which the government presented this," Piers said. "If they had been looking so carefully, why such a minor charge?"
    The Treasury Department froze the charity's assets last December 14 in a nationwide crack down on nonprofit groups suspected of funneling money to overseas terrorist organizations.
    In response, Benevolence International filed a lawsuit against Attorney General John Ashcroft in federal court seeking its assets back.
    In recent court filings, Arnaout declared in a sworn statement: "BIF has never provided aid or support to people or organizations known to be engaged in violence, terrorist activities, or military operations of any nature. BIF abhors terrorism and all forms of violence against human beings."
    Patrick Fitzgerald, the U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois, said documents seized by investigators and former al-Qaida members tell a different story.
    "The complaint alleges that the Benevolence International Foundation was supporting violence secretly," Fitzgerald said.
    On March 19, federal investigators searched the foundation's offices in Bosnia-Herzegovina. They recovered three firearms, a ski mask, numerous military manuals on small arms and explosives, a fraudulent passport and foundation correspondence.
    In addition, investigators say they found classified documents from several governments about Islamic extremism; photos of bin Laden in Afghanistan and photos of Arnaout carrying rifles, a shoulder-fired rocket and an anti-aircraft gun.
    There were documents that showed direct communication between Arnaout and bin Laden in the late 1980s and early 1990s, according to the criminal complaint.
    Attorney General John Ashcroft said the charges against Arnaout should serve notice that the government intends to "use every tool to go after terrorist networks in the United States."
    Signaling that the government's fight against terrorism is expanding, Ashcroft also announced Tuesday that a federal grand jury indicted a Colombian rebel group and six of its members on charges of murdering three Americans.
    Known as the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, its Spanish acronym, the rebel group has waged a terrorism campaign against that country's government for the last four decades.
    The indictment, handed down by a federal grand jury in U.S. District Court in Washington, accused the rebel group and the six individuals of murder, conspiracy to commit murder, using a firearm during a crime of violence and aiding and abetting the murder conspiracy.
    The six were identified by the Justice Department as German Briceno Suarez, Gustavo Bocota Aguablanca, Nelson Vargas Rueda, a man called El Marrano, also known as Fernando and two men known by single names -- Jeronimo and Dumar.
    The charges stem from the 1999 slayings of three Americans who were kidnapped in northeastern Colombia while they were providing aid.
    According to the indictment, the six FARC men abducted Terence Freitas, Ingrid Washinawatok, and Lahee'Enae Gay on Feb. 25, 1999, accusing them of working as military advisers -- a charge the U.S. government has denied.
    After being held a week, the Americans were tied up with nylon cords, blindfolded with cloth and then shot. Their bodies were dumped in a pasture in neighboring Venezuela.
    "These three workers went to Colombia to do good but instead met with great evil," Ashcroft said.

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  • MAFIA IS FUNDING KERRY!

    11/03/2004 1:22:03 PM PST · 32 of 34
    Darko to DTA

    Report on Albanian Narco-Criminal/Terrorist Links Providing Key Intelligence for Olympics Security, “War on Terror”

    A report by Serbian intelligence officials, drafted in September 2003, and entitled Albanian Terrorism and Organized Crime in Kosovo and Metohija, is providing a significant resource for Greek and other Western intelligence services belatedly working to focus on radical Islamist terrorist threats to the Summer 2004 Olympic Games in Athens.

    The report was based on intelligence gathered by the Serbian domestic security service, BIA (Bezbednosno-Informativna Agencija) and the Military Security Agency (VBA) of the Armed Forces of Serbia & Montenegro, and was released by the Government of the Republic of Serbia. GIS has obtained a copy of the report in English and Serbo-Croat, and accompanied by the digital maps and extensive photographs of individuals identified with ethnic Albanian terrorism and organized crime.

    As noted in earlier GIS/Defense & Foreign Affairs reports, there have been considerable indicators of a build-up of radical, armed Islamist activity in the Balkans during 2003-04, with specific warnings of planned attacks to either target or coincide with the Athens Olympics. Much of the activity links with narcotics trafficking and criminal activity, particularly in the Serbian autonomous province — currently under UN control — of Kosovo and Metohija (referred to locally as K&M or Kosmet).

    Significantly, the 184-page report deals not specifically with the Islamist nature of the threat, but looks at that aspect of the framework which is preoccupied with Albanian separatist activities — the creation of a “Greater Albania” or “Greater Kosovo” — and related criminal activities, particularly illegal narcotics trafficking and other illicit ventures.

    The Belgrade report cites significant numbers of ethnic Albanians engaged in terrorist activity and organized crime in Kosmet, providing a basis of information to start to identify possible activities which could threaten either the Olympics or an anticipated resurgence of guerilla activity in Kosovo, the southern Serbia/northern Montenegro region known as Raška (or, to the Islamists, Sandzak), and Bosnia. The introductory analysis of the September 2003 report is as follows:

    Albanian terrorism in Kosovo and Metohija (K&M/Kosmet), as well as in the municipalities of Preševo, Bujanovac and Medvedja, is linked to different types of organized crime. It represents a permanent danger to the safety of the population and political stability, not only in our country [ie: Serbia & Montenegro], but also in other countries in the region.1 The strategists of these activities want to ensure the legalization of their criminal activities and accumulated wealth and to enable the establishment of Greater Albania or Greater Kosovo in order to complete the territory they consider Albanian ethnic space and spread their internal market and, in proportion to their economic power, secure the political influence and participation in the top administrative state bodies on the territory. Support of violence and permanent disruption of stability in the Balkans make it possible for the scenario to be effectively implemented in practice.

    Having established cooperation with the criminal organizations, the strategists of terrorist activities have strengthened their political position which they use for exerting pressure on the overall Albanian population as well as on autochthonous Albanian political subjects, enforcing collaboration and concessions. Thus, the public gets the impression of complete homogeneity of the Albanian nationals and their unison endeavors toward a common objective. However, interests of some criminal organizations are hidden behind the political, ideological and national motives for the establishment of a unified Albanian state (regardless of whether they call it Greater Albania or Greater Kosovo). They tend to take part in the current processes of political and economic transition, ie: transformation of the region as a whole, and to legalize their criminal operations.

    Albanians, particularly those from Kosovo and Metohija, have developed a sense of collective identity which is a necessary prerequisite for organized crime activities. This very element, based on the sense of belonging to a defined group, has linked Albanian organized crime with pan-Albanian ideals, politics, military activities and terrorism.

    A relatively universal model of terrorist operations in the world — which is, as a rule, usually funded from criminal sources (trafficking in drugs, arms and people, as well as in excise goods) — was applied, at one time, by the leaders of the Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA), and was taken over, and is applied now, by the leaders of the Albanian National Army (ANA).2 In this way, unhindered and permanent inflow of resources for criminal activities has been provided, while the leaders of KLA and ANA, as well as the most vocal Albanian patriots, have accumulated enormous personal wealth under the conditions of deep and long-lasting socio-economic crisis prevailing in the region. This is an additional impetus to the spreading of criminal activities in the region which is, still, an inexhaustible source of the so-called dirty money which is the basis for providing the continuity of terrorist activities and a permanent recruitment of new fighters.

    A characteristic of the common model of internal organization of Albanian terrorist and criminal organizations is their compliance with the rule of territorial division, with the recognition of the interest zones and influence of certain families. Accordingly, in each of the groups, the basic membership is recruited from the fis, that is, an extended family, or the clan that predominates on a certain territory.3

    Precise territorial and clan division of the greatest part of Albanian society contributes to the preservation of traditional hierarchical structure, its distrust of the outsiders and very strict inner discipline of the members which is still maintained with the application of the common law of Leka Dugagjini or the clan honor code. The threat of mandatory execution of blood feud (vendetta) in cases of betrayal or dishonored agreement, provide for complete protection of the perpetrators of terrorist activities and criminal acts and, at the same time, is the most common cause for murder among the Albanian population. At the time KLA was being founded, in the first half of 1993, organized crime was not so prominent in this region. Primarily for the purpose of arming the newly organized groups, members of KLA in the areas of Drenica and Metohija established connections with their relatives, migrant workers in Switzerland, Germany, Belgium, Sweden and other countries, who had already been involved in illicit activities, and established multiple channels for transporting the arms and equipment, as well as financial resources for the needs of K&M terrorists.

    This way, a firm link of the key persons of Albanian terrorism and the leaders of organized crime in the region with the highly criminalized and politically manipulated Albanian diaspora, a very important factor in the operation of the partnership between Albanian terrorism and criminal organizations, was established.

    At the same time, the sanctions imposed on the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia by the international community and the trade blockade of the Republic of Macedonia by Greece have switched drug trafficking from the routes connecting Turkey with the Western European market to a new one, across the territory of Albania and K&M. A part of the money earned in these illicit operations was paid to some allegedly humanitarian funds that were actually used to sponsor the activities of KLA members.

    Of almost DM 900-million that reached Kosovo and Metohija in the between 1996 and 1999, nearly a half was the money earned in drug trafficking, which made Interpol experts conclude (in December 2000) that the activities of fund raising for Kosmet and KLA were used for laundering of illegally acquired money.

    KLA did not use the channels for illegal transportation of drugs only as a way to ship heroin to Europe in order to earn enormous profits, but also to smuggle arms to the Balkans. Drugs were directly traded for arms, or the arms were purchased with the money earned from drug trafficking in Albania, B&H, Croatia, Cyprus, Italy, Montenegro, Switzerland and Turkey. In 1999, The Washington Times published a statement of American anti-drug agents that KLA was linked with a wide network of organized crime, with the headquarters in Albania. The documents they possess suggest that it was one of the most powerful organizations for heroin trafficking in the world, and that most of the profits generated from this illicit activity were channeled to the procurement of arms for KLA.

    The arrival of international forces to K&M resulted in the disintegration and formal demilitarization of KLA, but the organization has not as yet discontinued its activities. A part of the membership re-directed their activities to the political level, through the Democratic Party of Kosovo (DPK)4 and the Alliance for the Future of Kosovo (AFK),5 while about 10,000 troops were included into the transformation of KLA into the Kosovo Protective Corps (KPC) and the Kosovo Police Service (KPS). Since the revitalization of economic activities as the only legal source of income for the population has not been adequately conducted, a substantial number of terrorists have continued to produce violence, actively pursuing their criminal activities.

    The foundation of ANA, as a terrorist organization, was facilitated by the fact that the organizational and the operational core was composed of the members of former KLA determined to implement their previously set goals and complete the ethnic cleansing of Kosovo and Metohija and other, allegedly Albanian territories.

    Also, ANA organization mimics the KLA model, uses the same methods of operation, the same channels for smuggling weapons and even the same bank accounts and, allegedly, humanitarian funds abroad by means of which they provide significant funding for their activities.

    It logically appears that the organized crime in K&M took over the structure and infrastructure of KLA, developed and branched concomitantly with
    Albanian terrorism and now represents a stable and expansive material and financial base of the Albanian terrorist and separatist movement as a whole.

    In June 2003, in his public statement for the media, Barry Fletcher, UNMIK police spokesman for K&M, said that one of the greatest obstacles the UN faced was the deeply rooted Albanian mafia that used nationalistic slogans of Kosmet Albanians whenever it suited their needs.6

    The report went to great lengths to avoid invoking linkages with the broader Islamist causes with which the Albanian separatist and criminal movements — which are only partially Muslim — have created strong working relationships. The particular linkage, noted in earlier GIS/Defense & Foreign Affairs reports, entails the Albanian groups’ responsibility for the sale of illegal drugs supplied largely by al-Qaida-related Islamist groups, particularly drawing on existing supply lines from areas of Afghanistan still outside the Afghan national Government’s control, and using links through Iran, Turkey and other countries. [The report includes regional maps indicating supply routes for illicit heroin, cocaine and marijuana.] In return, the Albanian groups also participate in weapons trafficking on their own and the Islamists’ behalf, and the Islamist mujahedin in the Balkans provide protection and other assistance.

    The full text of the Belgrade report has been obtained by GIS/Defense & Foreign Affairs. The report details the command and control pattern of the Albanian guerilla and criminal groups in great detail, identifying commanders and including photographs of them, as well as details of supply routes and operational patterns.

    The report noted:

    Up to the beginning of the armed conflicts in former Yugoslavia, most of the European market and a smaller part of the USA market have been supplied with narcotics smuggled via the so-called Balkan route. From the countries of origin (Pakistan, Iran, Afghanistan) and Turkey, where the raw materials for the narcotics were processed, this road led through Greece, Bulgaria, former Yugoslav republics (Serbia, Croatia, Slovenia), Romania, Hungary, the Czech Republic and Slovakia, all the way to the final destinations in Austria, Germany, Italy, Switzerland and other Western European countries [The report here references “map 10”, not shown here.]

    When fighting erupted in this area, Albanian mafia created new routes for the drug trafficking towards Western Europe, avoiding the conflict regions. In that way, two new, alternative routes were created: the southern one going from Turkey, through Bulgaria, Macedonia, K&M and Albania to Italy and other Western European countries.40 The second, the northern one, goes from Turkey, through Bulgaria, Romania and Hungary to the Czech Republic, Slovakia and the Western European nations41 [references map 11 of the original report].

    When the conflicts in Yugoslavia ended, the old Balkan route was re-established all over again, but the new channels for smuggling the drugs did not disappear and the smuggling network was greatly expanded. All American agencies fighting against the drug trade estimate that, along with the Turkish, the criminal groups of the Kosovo Albanians are the most important drug smugglers in Europe.42 These groups have been described by experts as extremely violent and involved, also, in the international arms trade, with more and more substantial evidence of their criminal activity in the USA.

    The fact that as early as the mid-1980s members of the criminal groups were highly organized and represented a serious threats to the representatives of the judiciary who were prosecuting them testifies to the strength of the Albanian mafia in the USA. At that time the American police stated that the members of the Albanian mafia were involved in all kinds of criminal activities (extortions, robberies, arms trafficking, shootings, running of illegal gambling operations in certain parts of New York, etc.)

    The main criminal activity of the Albanians in the USA was drug trafficking, and the American experts for fighting this type of crime had even then issued a warning that, in only a few years, these criminal groups could take over 25 percent to 40 percent of American heroin market.

    From the mid-[19]90s, Albanian criminals from the USA were helping the activities of KLA in K&M by raising funds to purchase the weapons needed by this terrorist organization. At first, the fundraising was conducted secretly and later a branch of the “Fatherland Calls” (Zeri e atdheut) fund was also established in the USA to channel financial support to the members of KLA through the bank accounts in the USA and Canada and many other Western European countries.

    In addition, money was being transferred directly through emigrants – couriers, who came to K&M.

    Together with the collection of the money, Albanian emigrants in the USA organized shipments of humanitarian aid and weapons and sent volunteers to joined the units of KLA in K&M.43

    American intelligence sources warned of the possibility of the “Colombian Syndrome“ developing in the Balkans which means that the Albanian mafia
    could become strong enough to take over the control of one or more areas in which the Albanian population is predominant. At the time it was noted that, in the political arena, the effect was already accomplished by directing the profits from the narco-terrorism to the local governments and political parties. The Democratic Party of Albania (DPA-PDSh), in power at the time, was suspected of tolerating and directly profiting from the drug trade and financing secessionist political parties and other groups in K&M and Macedonia.

    The Party for Democratic Prosperity (PDP-PPD) and other Albanian parties from Macedonia, such as the ultra nationalist National Democratic Party (NDP-PKD), together with the Albanian parties from K&M have been accused of using “laundered” money generated through narco-terrorism. In all three cases, money made through crime was often disguised as emigrant donations, with the estimate that the profit from narco-terrorism directed to the south of the Balkans in 1993 had reached the sum of one-billion dollars. The same sources claimed that, in addition to the purchase of mafia “protection”, this money was being used for achieving popularity among the people, through alleged patriotism, but also for other criminal activities, above all for the purchase of guns.

    On the continent of Europe, the Albanians from K&M hold more than 80 percent of the heroine trade, their dealers are located in at least half the European countries and they smuggle four to six tons of heroin monthly amounting to two-billion US dollars a year. The Interpol data show that in 1999 the Albanian mafia earned $38-million from the drug trade, in 2001 $50 (-million) and in 2002 $70-million US. The Interpol statistics also shows that during 1997 out of all arrested heroin smugglers, Albanians accounted for 14 percent, but that the average amount of heroin found on non-Albanian dealers was two grams, while the Albanians were found in the possession of 120 grams on the average.44

    Profits of the Albanian drug lords reach the amount of $1-billion, with the turnover in K&M amounting to US$125- to $150-million, of which KPC receives $25-million. Hashim Thaqi [Thaci] receives US$5-million as his share.

    Out of the total amount of drugs that enter the global market, as much as 65 percent crosses the K&M territory, while 90 percent of the heroin distributed in the European market is smuggled through this region.

    The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) recognized Albanians in K&M as the second most important drug traffickers in the world market.

    The French Geopolitical Drug Observatory published a report containing evidence that the Albanian drug lords were crucial players in the widespread operations called “drugs for weapons”, while several Albanian dealers arrested in Western Europe confessed to have procured the arms for KLA in K&M.45

    This kind of trade was also confirmed by the European Union, at the meeting held in 1994 in Brussels.

    German anti-drug agents underline the fact that Albanians have organized one of the largest organizations for drug trafficking in Europe and that the profits generated by the illicit trade are laundered in 200 private banks and exchange offices.

    Significantly, Albanian Americans have been the key funding sources, both overtly and as individuals, in donating to and supporting the gubernatorial campaigns of former Arkansas Governor Bill Clinton and later the US Presidential campaigns of Clinton, and also for current US Presidential candidate Gen. Wesley Clark, the former Supreme Allied Commander-Europe (SACEUR) who, in 1999, was the military head of operations, ordered by the Clinton Administration, in support of Albanian separatists in Kosovo and Metohija. What is also significant is that Candidate Clark highlighted the support from the American-Albanian community on his campaign website. GIS sources also report that the support by the Albanian community for Mr Clinton and Gen. Clark has gone far deeper than campaign donations.

    The Belgrade report of September 2003 did not, however, discuss the political impact of the Albanian criminal operations on the US Presidency under Mr Clinton. However the report, which included substantial specific detail on individuals involved in criminal activities, did deal with the “Pan-Islamic Factor”, the key link between the Albanian separatist movement and the foreign mujahedin in the region and the link to other Islamists in, for example, Bosnia and southern Serbian areas such as Raška. In this regard, among other things, the report noted:

    The presence of the radical Islamic factor on the territory of K&M has been confirmed by an active participation of mujahedins in the armed conflicts in Kosovo and Metohija within KLA formations, as well as by the activities of various Islamic humanitarian organizations.

    At the 16th Islamic Conference held in Pakistan, in October 1998, Albanian separatism in K&M was defined as jihad and the Islamic world was called to help with all available means this “fight for freedom on the occupied Muslim territories”. Referring to jihad, the terrorist organization of Osama Bin Laden announced terrorist attacks against the “infidels”, ie: Great Britain, the USA, France, Israel, Russia, India and Serbia.

    The presence of the radical Islam in K&M is illustrated by the fact that in 1995 Osama Bin Laden visited Albania as a guest of Sali Berisha, who was the President of Albania at the time, when bases for the logistic and financial support to the Al Khaida [al-Qaida] organization were set up, with cells in K&M. In addition to Bin Laden, the meeting was attended by Bashkim Gazideda, former head of secret police of Albania, Hashim Thaqi [Thaci]and Ramush Haradinaj. On the occasion, Bashkim Gazideda was elected into a group of Al Khaida leaders for the region of Balkan.53

    Senator Pat Roberts, chairman of the [US] Senate Security Commission, stated that the USA had evidence on the connections of KLA with Osama Bin Laden, as well as on the involvement of KLA members in illicit drug trade.

    Intelligence circles in Albania confirm a strong presence of Bin Laden’s network in this country, as well as the existence of their plans for attack on American citizens and facilities. The same sources have confirmed the presence of four groups of “Jihad Warriors” (from Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Algiers, Tunisia and the Sudan) in Northern Albania and the participation of their members in the conflicts in K&M, as parts of KLA forces.54

    Fanatic Islamic fighters from Afghanistan, Algiers, Egypt, Chechnya, Iran and other countries were included into the command structures of KLA in
    K&M. In some instances, these radically oriented and highly professionally trained persons set up their independent units for special operations and tactical assignments. They participated directly in the taking of the territories and the cleaning-up operations, in kidnapping civilians and members of the police forces, in brutal tortures and murders. They were also hired as trainers for special training of some KLA formations.

    In 1998, the [US] State Department placed KLA on the list of terrorist organizations, substantiating it with the facts that KLA operations were sponsored by the proceeds of international drug sale and the loans from Islamic countries and individuals, among whom, apparently, was Osama Bin Laden himself. According to the information supplied by Interpol, another link with Bin Laden is the fact that Muhammed al-Zawahiri, a brother of Dr Yaman [Ayman] al-Zawahiri, the leader of the organization of Egyptian Jihad and an ideologist of Al Khaida, was the leader of an élite KLA unit in the conflict in K&M.55

    In the region of Drenica, within KLA forces, in the period May through late June 1998, a combined unit of mujahedins, called “Abu Bekir Sidik” was operating, under the command of Ekrem Avdi of Kosovska Mitrovica. Activities of the “Abu Bekir Sidik” unit, that is, the procurement and illegal supply of arms were funded by organizations from Zenica (B&H [Bosnia & Herzegovina]) called “Islamic Balkan Center” and “Active Islamic Youth” (AIY).56 The unit was comprised of 115 mujahedins, of whom about 40 were foreign nationals (10 from Saudi Arabia, two from Egypt, four from Albania, two from England and one from Ireland, Scotland each, while the rest were the citizens of Macedonia and B&H).57

    A large number of fighters in the “Abu Bekir Sadik” of Albanian ethnic background returned to their places of residence in K&M after the unit was disbanded, while some tried to enter the territory of Albania. On the occasion, in August 1998, the Security Forces of the Republic of Albania arrested Ekrem Avdija, Shpend Kopriva and Nexhmedin Laush and, subsequently, other members of the unit as well. Because of their terrorist activities, they were sentenced to long-term imprisonment, but in 2001, the whole group was pardoned under the pressure of international community.

    Soon after his release form prison, Ekrem Avdija continued to lead the organization named “Kosovo Islamic Bureau” that has, over a period of time,
    expanded the scope of its activities by setting up numerous branches in all larger towns of Kosovo and Metohija. Soon after that, he re-activated a group of mujahedins under the same name, “Abu Bekir Sidik”, with the seat in the southern part of Kosovska Mitrovica.

    In addition to all this, the activities of NLA in Macedonia were supported by direct participation of about 150 mujahedins from Saudi Arabia, Afghanistan, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Turkey, as well as from Albania, Macedonia and K&M who had previously lived in some other Arabian countries where they had been trained. The substantiating data were obtained at the time of the arrest of Sedula Morati, a member of the “Ismet Jashari” unit that operated in the regions of Kumanovo and Lipkovo. The transfer of the mujahedins to the territory of Macedonia was organized by Daut Haradinaj, in addition to others.58

    Under the pretext of humanitarian activities, the “Albanian-Haramain” organization with the seat in Prizren transports weapons illegally, participates in the training and sponsoring terrorists and provides logistic support to Albanian extremists in K&M and Macedonia. Most of the funds used to sponsor this organization come from Saudi Arabia.

    “The United Saudi Aid for Kosovo” is an organization that provides arms for ANA membership. Eleven members of this organization were arrested by KFOR because of their connections with the international terrorist organization known as Al Khaida.

    “The Global Relief Foundation” is a nongovernmental organization with the fund of about one-million US dollars, sponsored by Islamic countries. The
    head of the K&M office and two other activists were arrested by KFOR under suspicion of terrorist activities.59

    Some representatives of the humanitarian organization “El-Yila” represent the main link between Islamic countries and terrorist in the south Serbia, K&M and Macedonia and are engaged in the recruitment and transfer of terrorists to K&M and the south of Serbia.

    The report highlighted maps showing routes taken by Islamist activists into and from the area, showing links to Pakistan and Afghanistan and on to Western Europe and North America.

    The report also dealt at length with the trafficking in human beings by Albanian criminal groups.

    But almost 120 pages of the report gives detailed biographic information on 156 of the principal Albanian criminal-insurgent leaders.

    Footnotes [from the Original Report]:

    1. Although the Albanian population of the municipality of Medvedja is not a majority, the Albanian extremists treat it as a part of the unitary ethnic area.

    2. A terrorist organization founded in late 1999 which intensified armed activities in Macedonia, K&M and in the south of Serbia in 2002.

    3. Thus, for example, the Gecaj, Kodra, Jashari and Selimi families dominate in Drenica, so that the largest number of KLA members in the region are the members of the said families.

    4. Most members of the party are former members and supporters of KLA. It has been led, from the beginning, by Hashim Thaqi [Thaci]. It was founded on October 14, 1999, under the name of Party of Democratic Progress of Kosovo and was renamed on May 20, 2000, before the local elections in K&M.

    5. Founded on May 2, 2000, in order to satisfy political ambitions of Ramush Haradinaj, one of the main commanders of KLA.

    6. “Whenever we arrest a gang leader, he wraps himself up into an Albanian flag and the streets become flooded with demonstrations. This is not a society affected by organized crime, but a society founded on organized crime,” said Fletcher.

    40. [original footnote numbering] Using this route, the journey from the country of origin to the end-user takes seven to 10 days.

    41. The Interpol data show that more than one ton of heroin and more than 10 tones of hashish are being seized every year on the southern and northern Balkan routes.

    42. In Germany, for example, the Albanians have completely ousted the Turkish and the Kurdish drug dealers. In Slovakia and Hungary they control 90 percent of the drug trade, in Switzerland 70 percent, in Denmark 50 percent, and in France 40 percent of the market. There has been a growth in the shipments of narcotics to Albanian criminals in Greece, which are, as reported by the Greek police, six times larger than five years ago.

    43. The “Atlantic” brigade was formed within KLA of the volunteers from the USA.

    44. The information published in the National Post on April 13, 2000, where the author cited the Interpol Report.

    45. The statement that Albanians from K&M exchange drugs for arms was substantiated in numerous affairs. In 1999 the Italian Court in Brindisi convicted an Albanian heroin dealer who confessed to having procured arms for KLA from the mafia in exchange for the drugs. Besides, an Albanian in the Czech Republic placed an order for light infantry weapons and rocket launchers. According to the sources in the Czech Police, the arms were intended for KLA.

    53. On June 22nd 2001, referring to the statements of the leading representatives of the Macedonian Security Forces, The Washington Times published an article entitled “Bin Laden’s Special Envoys” claiming that Osama Bin Laden was one of the major NLA sponsors, and that up to that periods he had disbursed US$6-7 million for the needs of this organization.

    54. Sunday Times, November 29, 1998.

    55. A presentation before the US Congress of Ralf Mutschke, the assistant director of Interpol Criminal intelligence Administration on December 13, 2000. The topic was: The risk of spreading of organized crime, drug trafficking and terrorism.

    56. Abdulah Duhajman of Saudi Arabia is the founder and head of the (Islamic Balkan Center) in Zenica. The Center was founded after the nongovernmental organization named “World Bureau for Islamic Call” with the seat in Riyadh, sponsored by rich businessmen of Saudi Arabia. Activities of the “World Bureau for Islamic Call”, also founded by the same Abdulah Duhajman, are directed at the propaganda and jihad and the mobilization of Muslims for the jihad. In the course of armed conflicts in B&H, Duhajman was actively participating in the battles within the unit called “El-Mujahid”. He is in touch with an Islamic terrorist organization named “Muslim Brothers” [Muslim Brotherhood, aka Ikhwan], and there are some indications of his collaboration with Osama Bin Laden (some, unconfirmed information suggest that Abdulah Duhajman may be an alias for Osama Bin Laden
    himself).

    57. The “Abu Bekir Sidik” unit had automatic rifles of Yugoslav, Chinese and Russian manufacture; they also had weapons with sniper scopes, as well as 40mm grenade launchers, RPGs, light and heavy machine guns, hand grenades and other weapons.

    58. The British newspaper, [The] Sunday Times, cited Albanian intelligence sources stating that the Bin Laden‘s network was set up in Albania to make it possible for them to undertake actions in Europe. The service also estimates that some terrorists have already infiltrated selected European countries using illegal migration channels. Analysts also suggest that the region is important for Bin Laden and his followers because of the possibility to establish control over the oil pipelines that will link Bulgaria with Albanian ports. In this way, it would be possible for Bin Laden to control oil deliveries to the US.

    59. Early in 2001, the international nongovernmental organization Amnesty International announced that in one of KFOR actions two Iraqi nationals, Ahmad Said and Abdul Ragiz, were arrested, on suspicion of being connected with international terrorist network of Al-Khaida. They were representatives of the humanitarian organization known as “Global Relief Foundation”. Speaking about this, [Lord] George Robertson, Secretary General of NATO, said that “the infiltration of Islamic terrorism is usually carried out through Islamic humanitarian organizations”.

  • Balkan Islamist Circles Report Surge in Rumors of N-Strike at US

    11/02/2004 3:44:35 PM PST · 82 of 87
    Darko to Hoplite

    I sorry if I wake up some of your racist filing. If you have any problem with Serb then I can understand you. War Criminals are same everywhere and they do not belong to any nation. This is a universal category of people that we have to find our way to deal with. In fact, looks like that International Criminal Court was just a dream of some enthusiasts that I belong to same category. My intention is not to harm any of your filling but where there is battle there is casualties in any sense and we all file sorry for that. If you have any idea how World should look like please sheer with us. Also, always keep in mind statue of Buda destroyed in Afghanistan, simply same kind of mind or brain we had in Bosnia.

  • Balkan Islamist Circles Report Surge in Rumors of N-Strike at US

    11/02/2004 11:38:52 AM PST · 78 of 87
    Darko to Hoplite

    Instead of Ser nationalist, please call it Serb Orthodox Christian defender of Modern Civilization and all our values that we stand for. West Europe and USA sleep and lived well where Serb suffer standing on Christian wall defending civilization. When this wall in Bosnia and Kosovo were destroyed by Clinton bombs and Muslim’s money, then all happen: 9/11, Beslan school massacre, Istanbul bombing, Madrid..............Hope that you can realize this otherwise I can’t help you. President Bush stated: “We are in War”. Yes, we are in War, and fact that you do not file any consequences of Muslim fundamentalist violence means you are happy or lucky.

  • BARRISTER ANNI OKONKWO PRIVATE

    11/02/2004 2:58:05 AM PST · 1 of 2
    Darko
    The DANGER PERSON represent him self as Barrister Anni Okonkwor is criminal Nigerian origin. We kindly ask all individuals and institution to call or report to any local or regional Police Station any informations which will lead to arrest of criminal Barrister Anni Okonkwor

    Date: Thu, 24 Jun 2004 17:15:41 +0200 (CEST) From: anni okonkwo To: aokonkwo@seznam.cz Subject: DEAR:Shay FROM THE DESK OF BARRISTER ANNI OKONKWO PRIVATE EMAIL ;ch_okann@maktoob.com TELL:234-803-5843693

    This danger person cheats the people and play with them in this way:

    DEAR:Shay I am barrister ANNI OKONKWOR,a solicitor at law. I am the personal attorney to Mr Mark Shay,a national of your country, who used to work with shell Development Company in Nigeria. Here in after shall be referred to as my client.on the 21st of April 1999, my client, his wife and their three Children were involved in a car accident along Sagbama express-road.All occupants of the vehicle unfortunately lost their lives.Since then I have made several enquiries to your embassy to locate any of my clients extended relatives this has also proved unsuccessful. After these several unsuccessful attempts, I decided to track his last name over the Internet, to locate any member of his family hence I contacted you.I have contacted you to assist in repatriating the money and property left behind by my client before they get confiscated or declared unserviceable by the bank here these huge deposits were lodged. Particularly, the STANDRAD FINANCE SECURITY PLC where the deceased had an account valued at about $7million dollars has issued me a notice to provide the next of kin or have the account confiscated within the next ten official working days. Since I have been unsuccessful in locating the relatives for over 2 years now I seek your consent to present you as the next of kin of the deceased since you have the same last name so that the proceeds of this account valued at $7million dollars can be paid to you and then you and me can share the money.60% to me and 40% to you I have all necessary legal documents that can be used to back up any claim we may make.email:ch_okann@maktoob.com. All I require is your honest cooperation to enable us seeing this deal through.I guarantee that this will be executed under alegitimate arrangement that will protect you from any breach of the law. Best regards, BARRISTER ANNI OKONKWO

    Dear:Bartolomeo,

    I am Barrister Anni Okonkwor ,a solicitor at law. I am the personal attorney to Mr Bartolomeo,a National of your country,who used to work with shell development company in Nigeria and as well a one time secret agent in transfering of money overseas for the Late head of nstate of Nigeria {Late Gen . Sani AbAcha}.

    Before his death On the 21st of April 1999 my client, his wife And their three children were involved in a car accident along sagbama express road in which all occupants of the motor died}.My client{Mark Bartolomeo} deposited as family belongings in a STANDARD FINANCE BANK (SFB) the sum of $7m in here in Nigeria for himself, with the hope of transferring it to his country as soon as he is on leave. Since his death I have made several enquiries to your embassy to locate any of my clients extended relatives this has also proved unsuccessful.

    After these several unsuccessful attempts, I decided to trace his last name over the Internet, to locate any member of his family hence I contacted you. I have contacted you to assist in repartrating the money and property left behind by my client before they get confisicated or declared unserviceable by the BANK where the deposite was made.

    Now STANDARD FINANCE BANK PLC has issued me a notice to provide the next of kin or have the MONEY confisticated within the next ten officialworking days.

    Since i have been unsuccesfull in locating the relatives forover 2years now.

    I seek your consent to present you as the next of kin of the deceased since you have the same last name so that the proceeds of this deposit ( 7million dollars) be SENT to you and then you and I can share the money.50% to me, 40% to you and 10% forevery expenses that will be incured.please you are free to give your own opinion on this sharing modality if you so wish.

    I have all necessary legal documents that can be used to back up any claim we may make.All I require is your honest cooperation to enable us See this deal through. I guarantee that this will be executed under a legitimate arrangement that will protect you from any breach of the law. Please get in touch with me through my alternate email address:(barr_anni1@maktoob.com)for further details. Iam ready to give you every needed information you might need to confirm the legality and the availability of this mentioned sum in ON STANDARD FINANCE BANK PLC.

    ( God bless you And your family ) Best Regards, Barrister Anni Okonkwor

  • Balkan Islamist Circles Report Surge in Rumors of N-Strike at US

    11/02/2004 2:48:00 AM PST · 29 of 87
    Darko to expatguy
    Why do you thing that this is politicaly incorrect? Muslim fundamentalist hate all West civilization and for them is same Bush or Kerry. Just find out how many persons are arrested in NYC or NJ after 9/11 and for us expert in the field of Terrorism it is clear that all action from 9/11 could not be realized without at least 1000 terrorist on the ground etc..... Can you give me an honest answer? How manny of them are arrested? Will tell you 0000000000. And you have to know that at least four nuke-suitcase made are missing from Chechenya. Do not be surprise if one day you wake up and find out that half of your city are not any more on the map.
  • Saudis and Iranians Work Through Bosnian Terrorist Group to Support Ongoing Conflict in Chechnya

    11/02/2004 1:39:46 AM PST · 1 of 1
    Darko
    Saudis and Iranians Work Through Bosnian Terrorist Group to Support Ongoing Conflict in Chechnya

    Exclusive. Analysis. From GIS Station Sarajevo, and other sources. Information obtained by GIS/Defense & Foreign Affairs from a secret Wahabbi terrorist organization based in Bosnia shows how the Saudi and Iranian governments are working together to support combat operations against the Russian Government in Chechnya, and are building a base of future operations in Turkish-occupied Northern Cyprus. Moreover, during 2004 the organization has expanded dramatically in terms of operations and funding, and has opened a string of new offices and facilities around Bosnia and into Southern Serbia’s Raška (Sandzak) Muslim area.

    The organization, Kvadrat (Quadrant), a nominally Sunni Wahabbi order, whose members practice “Islam from the roots”, was founded in Sarajevo in 1995 and uses as its cadres children orphaned during the Bosnia-Herzegovina civil war, indoctrinating and training them in the Wahabbist ideology and in terrorist and guerilla warfare tactics.

    Kvadrat sends its trained personnel through the “green transversal” — the Islamist and narco-trafficking safe-haven line — from Bosnia and, through Turkey and Georgia, to Chechnya, where they join al-Qaida-supported Chechen Islamist terrorist and guerilla operations against the Russian Government and the local population.

    Significantly, the Iranian Government has denied that it supports the Chechen Islamist separatists, a public stance which has enabled Iran to trade with Russia, and, particularly, to acquire Russian advanced military systems. Faced with virtual isolation from sources of supply of main weapons systems — it can still obtain some missile and rocket systems from the People’s Republic of China (PRC) and North Korea (DPRK) — and essential political isolation, the clerical Iranian leadership publicly abandoned the Chechen cause, which they had ignited following the end of the Cold War, and proclaimed support for the Russian Government position on Chechnya.

    In fact, support for the Chechen Islamists has continued to flow unabated from Afghanistan, through Iran and (with bribery) Azerbaijan, into Chechnya.

    However, the now-clear involvement of Iranian VEVAK (Ministry of Intelligence and Security [MOIS]: Vezarat-e Ettela'at va Amniat-e Keshvar) intelligence officers in training the youth of Kvadrat, supported by Saudi Government funding and officials, shows how both the Iranian clerics and Saudi Arabia have been working together on the common Islamist mission, despite Iranian claims of friendship with Russia, and despite Saudi Government claims that it is combating Islamist terrorism and, in particular, al-Qaida. Bosnian sources told GIS that Kvadrat was, to all intents, an al-Qaida-linked organization, given that its members use the al-Qaida “pipeline” and fight with al-Qaida forces in Chechnya.

    Sources close to Kvadrat indicate that the group’s members frequently engage in verbal fights with other Muslim religious leaders and are highly critical of other Islamic leaders for not going down the right path. One source noted: “The young Kvadrat members have been brainwashed for a decade; since they were little children in most cases. They have been taught to believe that only their zealous approach to Islam is correct; they are fanatical.”

    Kvadrat now operates mainly in the triangle area between Zenica, Tuzla and Sarejavo, in Bosnia-Herzegovina. Pezo Adnan believed still to be the operational leader of the group, although he “takes his orders” from a leader in Vienna, Austria. Adnan lives in Zenica, and his bodyguard and driver is a known mujahedin, referred to by his nom de guerre, “Acit”, who came to Bosnia through Zagreb in 1993. “Acit” was member of el-Mujahid terrorist unit in Bosnia from October 20, 1993. El-Mujahid, during Operation Hurricane 95 in 1995, operated as part of the structure of the Bosnian Muslim Army and, as a unit, participated in major war crimes — including beheadings and mass murders of prisoners — against Serb civilians and military personnel in Ozren and Vozuca.

    [Rasim Delic, wartime commander of the Republic of Bosnia-Herzegovina (R BiH) Army, essentially the Bosnian Muslim force, ordered the formation of the el-Mujahid unit, made up of foreign citizens, on August 13, 1993, in the area of responsibility of the RBiH Army Third Corps. The order was based on a decision by the RBiH Presidency, led by Alija Izetbegovic, which confirms that the BiH leadership was behind the formation of el-Mujahid. “Acit” was one of the foreign recruits who came into the organization at the beginning; his national origin is not known at this time.]

    “Acit” has been known, from surveillance, to be in permanent contact with Abu el-Mali, one of the el-Mujahid leaders, often referred to as the “emir”, a title usually given only to core Islamist leaders, such as Hasan Cengic.

    Kvadrat has organized a place to train orphan boys since 2001, on Jablanickom Lake in the small village Podi, in Bosnia. The main trainer for indoctrination is Cengic Faruku from Sarajevo, but VEVAK officers conduct the training in terrorism and guerilla warfare. Indeed, one of the main activities of the organization in 2004, together with Iranian VEVAK instructors, has been to provide military support and Islamic fighters from Bosnia going to conduct operations in Chechnya. Zulum Almir, a Kvadrat member, was killed in Chechnya. Some members of Kvadrat arrested in Turkey, en route to Chechnya; one such example was Bijedic Kenan, who was arrested in Turkey in 2001.

    Kvadrat gets funding from the seemingly-innocent High Saudi Committee for Children Without Parental Care (VSK) based in the King Fahd Cultural Center, in Sarajevo, Bosnia, and led by Sheikh Nasser al-Saeed (deputy is Abdul-Rahman al-Rashed, and supported by Khalid al-Aqueli, who also has Bosnian passport). VSK’s offices in Bosnia have, in the past, been raided by NATO Stabilization Force (SFOR) personnel over issues related to the support of terrorism. VSK cars are often identified at Kvadrat establishments, particularly at the facility at Jablanickom Lake (but also near other Kvadrat training facilities), and VSK officials and offices have repeatedly hosted known radical Islamists. VSK employee Saber Lahmer was, in fact, arrested by Bosnian Federal authorities for connections to terrorism.

    Kvadrat also receives support from Al-Haramain charity — the Al-Haramain & Al-Masjed Al-Aqsa Charity Foundation — a Riyadh, Saudi Arabia-based organization which was declared on September 9, 2004, by the US Treasury Department to be a terrorist-related organization.1 Significantly, Al-Haramain was specifically linked by the US Government to the support of terrorist operations in Chechnya, as well as to al-Qaida operations against the two US embassies bombed in Nairobi and Dar es-Salaam in 1998.

    Kvadrat officials have also been in close touch with Sheikh Imad, who was arrested by local authorities in Bosnia for links to al-Qaida.

    Significantly, however, the main control or direction of Kvadrat comes from Vienna, Austria: businessman Mohammed Porca, a Bosnian Muslim, appears to be providing strategic guidance and orders to Kvadrat. Porca apparently also links with other Islamist organizations in Austria and Germany, and is also involved in fundraising for Kvadrat. Clearly, following its formation in 1995, Kvadrat has had a number of financing sources, including fundraising in the international Muslim community. This has been conducted in part through Al-Haramain, but also through other channels open to Mr Porca.

    Kvadrat has, 2004, been opening offices around Bosnia and in the southern Serbian region of Raška, which is adjacent to Bosnia’s Gorazde Corridor, which links the Muslim area of Bosnia with Serbia. Kvadrat’s involvement in extending its offices down into the Raška area indicates that it may now be officially linked into funding from narco-trafficking, the logistical lines for which, in Europe, include movement of narcotics from the East (ie: Afghanistan through Iran, Azerbaijan, Turkey) into Albania and then through Kosovo and Raška areas of Serbia, into Bosnia and thence into Western Europe.

    The main activist radicals in Kvadrat were identified by GIS sources as: Softic Samir, Suša Samir, Kolšic Nisvet, and Dzafic Emir (born 1975; considered President of Kvadrat in Visoko city).

    GIS sources said that some Kvadrat fighters have been moving to Turkish-occupied Northern Cyprus after Chechen actions. Essentially, the sources report, Kvadrat has used Northern Cyprus as a safe-haven for some of its more active fighters, allowing them a discreet place to blend back into civil society before returning to Bosnia. However, it was understood that Kvadrat was also building a base in Northern Cyprus, to proselytize the Muslim community there with a view to longer-term domination of Cypriot society.

    The Steering Committee of Kvadrat, has since 1999, included:

    Mezit Nermin (“Nerko”), from Sarajevo

    Seknic Sendad, from Mostar

    Sinanovic Kermal, from Sarajevo

    Tahic Berin, from Sarajevo

    Alic Galib, from Sarajevo

    Motoruga Elvir, from Sarajevo

    Hodzic Emir, from Sarajevo

    Zukic Sabahudin, from Sarajevo

    Cengic Faruk, from Sarajevo

    Hasanovic Aliya, from Sarejevo

    Ahmetovic Amir, from Kaknja

    Nuhanovic Sanel, from Bihac

    Ortas Emire, from the Pale suburb of Sarajevo.

    But in 2004 it was noted that membership of Kvadrat was dramatically enlarged, and the Steering Committee was also enlarged by additional members: Cardakovic Seco, Dedovic Edin, Gusic Elmedin (“Medo”), Skrijelj Admir.

    What is significant is that the Office of the High Representative (OHR), the internationally-appointed governor of Bosnia-Herzegovina, has continued to maintain that terrorist organizations, or terrorist support organizations, did not exist in Bosnia. The OHR, former British politician Paddy Ashdown, a former British Intelligence (MI6) official, has, instead, focused on supporting Islamist agendas in Bosnia and has — by attempting to only pursue alleged war criminals from the Serbian side of the Bosnian civil war — actively facilitated the activities of such organizations as Kvadrat.

    Footnote:

    On September 9, 2004, the US Treasury Department issued a statement (JS-1895), entitled US-Based Branch of Al Haramain Foundation Linked to Terror; Treasury Designates US Branch, Director. That statement noted:

    The Treasury Department announced today the designation [as a terrorist-linked organization] of the US branch of the Saudi Arabia-based Al Haramain Islamic Foundation (AHF), along with one of its directors, Suliman Al-Buthe [an Egyptian by birth]. In addition, the AHF branch located in the Union of the Comoros was also designated today.

    "We continue to use all relevant powers of the US Government to pursue and identify the channels of terrorist financing, such as corrupted charities, at home and abroad. Al Haramain has been used around the world to underwrite terror, therefore we have taken this action to excommunicate these two branches and Suliman Al-Buthe from the worldwide financial community," said Stuart Levey, Treasury's Under Secretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence.

    The assets of the US AHF branch, which is headquartered in Oregon, were blocked pending investigation on February 19, 2004. On the previous day, a federal search warrant was executed against all property purchased on behalf of the U.S. AHF branch. The investigation involved agents from the Internal Revenue Service – Criminal Investigations (IRS-CI), the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the Department of Homeland Security's Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

    The U.S.-based branch of AHF was formally established in 1997. Documents naming Al-Buthe as the organization's attorney and providing him with broad legal authority were signed by Aqeel Abdul Aziz Al-Aqil, the former director of AFH. Aqil has been designated by the United States and the UN 1267 Sanctions Committee because of AHF's support for al Qaida while under his oversight.

    The investigation shows direct links between the US branch and Osama bin Laden. In addition, the affidavit alleges the US branch of AHF criminally violated tax laws and engaged in other money laundering offenses. Information shows that individuals associated with the branch tried to conceal the movement of funds intended for Chechnya by omitting them from tax returns and mischaracterizing their use, which they claimed was for the purchase of a prayer house in Springfield, Missouri.

    Other information available to the US shows that funds that were donated to AHF with the intention of supporting Chechen refugees were diverted to support mujahedin, as well as Chechen leaders affiliated with the al-Qaida network.

    AHF has operations throughout the Union of the Comoros, and information shows that two associates of AHF Comoros are linked to al Qaida. According to the transcript from US v. Bin Laden, the Union of the Comoros was used as a staging area and exfiltration route for the perpetrators of the 1998 bombings of the US embassies in Kenya and Tanzania. The AHF branches in Kenya and Tanzania have been previously designated for providing financial and other operational support to these terrorist attacks.

    Since March 2002, the United States and Saudi Arabia have jointly designated eleven branches of AHF based on evidence of financial, material and/or logistical support to the al-Qaida network and affiliated organizations. These branches, Afghanistan, Albania, Bangladesh, Bosnia, Ethiopia, Indonesia, Kenya, the Netherlands, Pakistan, Somalia, and Tanzania, along with the former director of AHF, Aqeel Abdul Aziz Al-Aqil, are named on the UN's 1267 Committee's consolidated list of terrorists associated with al-Qaida, Osama bin Laden and the Taliban and are subject to international sanctions.

    In June of 2004, the Saudi Government announced that it was dissolving AHF and other Saudi charities and committees operating aboard and folding their assets into a newly created entity, the Saudi National Commission for Relief and Charity Work Abroad. According to the Saudi Embassy, the Commission, which will be a non-governmental body, will take over all aspects of private overseas aid operations and assume responsibility for the distribution of private charitable donations from Saudi Arabia.

    A US State Dept. statement on June 2, 2004, noted:

    The United States is designating today, June 2 [2004], five branches of the Al Haramain Foundation as well as the organization's former leader, Aqeel Abdulaziz Al-Aqil, as terrorist financers, based on evidence of their links to Al Qaeda. These designations are part of our ongoing effort to cut off terrorist funding and to ensure that charitable funds are not diverted to individuals or organizations involved in terrorism. The United States and Saudi Arabia will also be submitting the names of the branches to the UN 1267 Sanctions Committee for inclusion on the committee’s list. Once the names are included on the list, all UN member states will be obliged to freeze their assets and implement other sanctions.

    Efforts to deprive terrorists of the funds they need to operate and recruit can only be effective with strong international cooperation. Today's actions, undertaken jointly with the Government of Saudi Arabia, are an example of the important steps we must continue to take if we are to be successful in our efforts. We have previously submitted for UN designation six branches of Al Haramain with Saudi Arabia (Bosnia, Somalia, Indonesia, Pakistan, Kenya and Tanzania), as well as Vazir, the successor to the Bosnian branch:

    Designation of Bosnian and Somali branches on March 11, 2002. Designation of Vazir, alias/successor to the Bosnia al Haramain office on December 22, 2003 Designation of Indonesian, Pakistani, Tanzanian and Kenyan branches on January 22, 2004.

    The US and Saudi Arabia last year [2003] formed a Joint Task Force on Terrorism Finance to identify and act against terrorist financing. We are pleased that Saudi Arabia has undertaken additional meaningful steps to combat terrorist financing: Saudi banks are implementing strict "know your customer" rules and the Saudis have taken steps to prevent the misuse of charities. Saudi Arabia's creation of a Charity Commission that will assume oversight responsibility for Saudi-based charities marks a clear step toward increasing transparency and accountability in a sector that has unfortunately been exploited by terrorists to the detriment of both well-intentioned donors and needy recipients.

    The US website FrontPage Magazine on September 16, 2003, noted: “In September 2002, Indonesian al-Qaida informant Omar al-Faruq told the CIA that Al-Haramain was used to remit funds to him from bin Laden. Al-Haramain’s website used to have a direct link to qoqaz.net, which is a website that is part of the al-Qaida propaganda network. The website is owned by Azzam Publications, bin Laden’s propaganda vehicle, and operated from Houston Texas. Al-Haramain is also involved with the Al Baraka banking empire, which was also named in the 9/11 lawsuit. AL-Baraka finances the activities of bin Laden and al-Qaida. In his Senate testimony in July 2003, terrorism expert Steve Emerson said that although initially Saudi Arabia denied allegations that Al-Haramain were involved in terrorist activities, in June (2003) they stated that al-Haramain was not acting according to its charter and announced that all foreign offices were to be closed. Emerson did remark that the Ashland office was still in operation. Al-Haramain has another location in the United States. According to the 9/11 complaint, Al-Haramain owns a building in Springfield, Missouri that is home of the Islamic Center of Springfield, which is a mosque.”

    In June 2004, after Saudi Arabia officially dissolved Al-Haramain, the organization said that its works, henceforth, would be exclusively inside Saudi Arabia.

  • Balkan Islamist Circles Report Surge in Rumors of N-Strike at US

    11/02/2004 1:31:55 AM PST · 1 of 87
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    Balkan Islamist Circles Report Surge in Rumors of N-Strike at US

    Coincidental with the significant warnings from Islamist leader Osama bin Laden regarding new “spectacular” strikes at the US, GIS/Defense & Foreign Affairs sources within the Islamist movements in the Balkans all reported on October 31, 2004, an upsurge in rumors about a planned nuclear strike by Islamists against one or more US targets. No substantive detail was offered, but it was significant that the level and urgency of the rumors was of a scale which indicated that the terrorist support groups, particularly those based in Bosnia, were aware of some impending actions. It should be noted that the Bosnian groups, particularly those linked with the Bosnian radical Islamist party, the SDA, had been actively engaged in inserting and supporting members of the September 11, 2001, attack team in the US, and were also actively engaged in the Madrid 2004 bombings.

  • AL QAIDA-REPORT ON ILLEGAL FINANCIAL ACTIVITIES AND TERRORISM FINANCING ON THE TERRITORY of BiH

    10/27/2004 4:14:12 PM PDT · 14 of 14
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    Historical Evolution Between Terrorism in Bosnia with Middle East

    Most of the funding for these "charities" was channeled through the Mostafzin foundation and sponsored by the Iranian intelligence service and other foundations from Saudi Arabia and elsewhere in the Gulf region. Through Osama Bin Laden, the Bosnian terrorists were controlled by Sudanese fundamentalist, Hassan Al-Turabi. Official cooperation between Iran and Islamist radicals residing in Bosnia and Herzegovina originated during Izetbegovic’s visit to Tehran between October 30th thru 31st 1992. At that time is was agreed to send the men and weaponry that the Islamic component of the "Bosnian Army" needed through way of Croatia.

    When Croatia normalized diplomatic relations with Iran on April 18th 1992, Osman Muftic, a Muslim Croatian was sent to Tehran as Croatian Ambassador. According to intelligence sources, Muftic was the person responsible for arranging the details of transporting the aforementioned men and weapons materiel. Infact, his closest associates at that time were: Omer Behmen [Bosnian Ambassador to Tehran], Hasan Cengic and Haris Silajdzic. This cooperation was moreover formalized thereafter officially by ratification the Bosnian-Iranian Treaty [November 15th 1994]. This treaty was signed on the eve of a secret visit to Tehran by Alija Izetbegovic’s son, Bakir . In the Treaty both Iran and Bosnia agreed on a long term program calling for the strengthening of mutual security cooperation deriving itself from boosting both Iranian military aid to aiding in the infiltration of VEVAK and Hezbollah cadres illegally into Bosnia. The key person in charge of this terrorist cooperation between Bosnia and Iran was, Hasan Cengic.

    Western governments (including the US) did nothing to stop the large influx of terrorists into Bosnia via Croatia made possible through this Treaty. The funding for this action was made possible through establishing a network.

    Although the United States administration at that time had full knowledge of these terrorist activities, they did nothing to prevent them. In fact, the U.S. then, had knowledge of these activities since 1993 and only undertook a policy of what should be considered as a policy of "silent alliance." This is particularly manifested when former Croatian president Franjo Tudjman asked several certain American diplomats if he should allow the transport of these terrorists and weaponry through Croatia. In response to this question the U.S. diplomats responded by merely refraining to answer this question. Zagreb construed this silence as a green-light from the U.S. diplomats and as their giving their official approval; the channels then were opened for the illegal operations to begin [and they did]. This affair is coined the term, "Bosniagate" and was investigated by the U.S. Senate’s National Security Committee whose hearings concluded the U.S. did not sell weapons to the Bosnian Muslims – Iran did – and that the weapons passed through Croatian and Slovenian territory with implicit approval of those governments; and although the U.S. was fully cognizant of these activities, it did nothing. In other words, the U.S. silently justified the activities of these terrorists and their weapons smuggling into Bosnia by taking absolutely no action whatsoever and blamed this on some imaginary alleged danger the Muslims were supposed to be experiencing at that time from so-called "Serb Aggression" against them.

    The intelligence information concerning the arms shipment by Iran was known of by many members of Congress including "myself" said Representative Lee Hamilton of Indiana holding the position of the Committee's highest ranking Democrat at that time period. He continued in stating:
    "At the same time, I cannot recall any objection from any member of Congress then."

    Apparently the Republicans insist that they were kept in the dark about these entire goings on ----A policy they say now gave terrorist sponsoring Iran a strong foothold in Central Europe. The central issue here is regarding both the wisdom and legality of former U.S president William Jefferson Clinton's decision to inform former Croatian President Franjo Tudjman back in April 1994 that the United States essentially would not object if the aforementioned other countries shipped arms going to aid terrorists into Bosnia through way of Croatia. When personally asked whether Clinton himself made the decision to allow these terrorist activities Tarnoff said he was unable to comment because:
    "I was not in the presence of the president at the time."
    He also stated that he did not recall who it was informing him of the decision to allow the activities to occur yet on the actual day of the decision, Tarnoff was a fully acting United States Secretary of State .

  • Al-Qeada’s Network of Islamic "Charities"

    08/30/2004 8:44:02 AM PDT · 1 of 3
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    Al-Qeada’s Network of Islamic "Charities"

    The primary importance of Al-Qeada’s network of so-called "charitable organizations and humanitarian NGO’s" is clearly apparent from the fact that most members composing them are agents of AID (Bosnian Muslim/Islamic fundamentalist intelligence service).

    Moreover, in this same identical manner, the Muslim component of the Bosnia and Herzegovina state has been continually, actively engaged in participating in Al-Qeada’s global terrorist network. It must be underlined that a great many non-Muslims also partake part in the network’s operations owing to their being both blackmailed and/or corrupted due to Bosnia and Herzegovina’s bleak economic condition post its civil war [1990s].

    These aforementioned factors still existing within Bosnia and Herzegovina today continue agitating its already renowned ethnic contentions originally leading the country into civil war in the early 1990s. These same agents not only attempt presently to construct an ethnically pure Islamic state composed of only Islamic elements today, they also agitate the current fragile peace created by Dayton whioch once again could lead the three Bosnian Republics into another civil war in the near future through the many terrorist crimes continually being committed "on the path of Allah."

    There have been longstanding concerns in the European and U.S. intelligence services that several charities that operated in Bosnia during and after that country's civil war were being used as a cover for Al-Qaeda activities.

    In the spring of 2002, under the US supervision, Bosnian authorities raided several Islamic operating in Bosnia and were forced to closed three of them: the Al-Haramain Islamic Foundation (which was banned in Kenya after the 1998 bombing of the U.S. Embassy in Nairobi), the Global Relief Foundation and Bosanska Idealna Futura (BIF) - a branch of the Chicago-based Benevolence International Foundation.

    As a reminder, Enaam M. Arnaout, 40, head of the Benevolence International Foundation, has been in US custody. The indictment said a criminal enterprise that existed for at least a decade used charitable contributions from innocent Muslims, non-Muslims and corporations to support bin Laden's Al-Qaeda network, Chechen rebels fighting the Russian army and armed violence in Bosnia. The Syrian-born Arnaout, who became a U.S. citizen nearly a decade ago, received his Bosnian passport in the mid-1990s.

    The Bosnian raid uncovered a handwritten list of twenty wealthy donors sympathetic to Al-Qaeda. The list, referred to as "The Golden Chain," reveals both the names of the donors, and the names of the recipients. Seven of the payments were made to Osama bin Laden and "Hezb e Islami" (a militant group run by an Afghan warlord), while at least one donation to him was made by the "bin Laden brothers."

    Intelligence investigators also want to know why some of the charity's money was transferred to a Bosnian company called "Ljiljan Commerce Group".

    US Attorney General John Ashcroft said documents found in the Bosanska Idealna Futura (BIF) office in Bosnia have provided "chilling" evidence tying Enaam Arnaout directly to bin Laden and Al-Qaeda. He said the papers summarize the 1988 meeting at which the terror network was founded, and include a text of the network's oath of allegiance.

    BIF had links to people involved in the 1993 World Trade Center Bombing, a plot to bomb US airlines, and a plan to assassinate Pope John Paul II during his visit to the Philippines in 1995.

    Also found in BIF's Bosnia offices were military manuals providing instruction on small arms and explosives, photographs of bin Laden and Arnaout and photos of Arnaout handling several weapons, including a shoulder-fired rocket launcher.

    Also, joint US-Bosnian government probe connected the Saudi charity Talibah International Aid Association to terrorist funding and an Al-Qaeda front group. Taliban has been under investigation since shortly after 9/11 due to a foiled terror attack in Bosnia that has been connected to Taliban and Al-Qaeda.

    This "charity group" was embedded with World Assembly of Muslim Youth [WAMY] - a suspected terrorist organization, led by Osama bin Laden relatives, brothers Abdullah and Omar bin Laden. The Bosnian Government later said that a charity with Abdullah bin Laden on its board had channeled money to Chechen guerrillas. The investigation into WAMY restarted two days after 9/11, and after the bin Laden brothers have left the US.

    Philippines authorities believed that the International Islamic Relief Organization (IIRO), whose Philippines branch was run by bin Laden's brother-in-law, was funneling funds to the Abu Sayyaf organization. The brother of bin Laden's deputy, Ayman al-Zawahiri, was employed by IIRO in Albania, where he assisted Al-Qaeda's efforts in the Balkans. Reportedly, detailed minutes of a meeting between bin Laden associates on the stationery of these Saudi welfare agencies, captured in Bosnia, clarifies how organizations like IIRO were to be used by Al-Qaeda.

    Israel found an IIRO payment schedule detailing how $280,000 USD was to be distributed to 14 different Hamas charities, thereby documenting, for the first time, the pattern of Saudi backing of terrorism. The head of the Canadian branch of IIRO admitted in court that "The Muslim World League, which is the mother of IIRO, is a fully government funded organization. In other words, I work for the government of Saudi Arabia."

  • Funding Al-Qaeda via the Bosnia and Herzegovina Model

    08/30/2004 8:41:50 AM PDT · 1 of 1
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    Funding Al-Qaeda via the Bosnia and Herzegovina Model

    Al-Qaeda’s activities throughout Bosnia and Herzegovina have been primarily supported by the following activities: 1) Through Islamic fundamentalist lobbying groups worldwide and especially within the US; 2) Through various so-called "charities" run by actual terrorist Islamic fundamentalist;

    Through Islamic countries directly and in particular the states: Iran, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia and the former Muslim Bosnian Government of which many high ranking officials thereof still are holding their political positions today;

    A typical example case which we underline onecagain is that pertaining to Jusuf Halilagic who was Deputy Minister of Civilian Affaires and Communications of Bosnia and Herzegovina. Mr Jusuf Halilagic, was also formerly the Deputy Commander of the "Bosnian Army" 3rd Corps in charge and command of the Mujahedin. Thereafter he was transferred to work in the Federal Ministry of Justice after the Dayton peace Accords were signed. According to Muslim news magazine "Slobodna Bosna" Jusuf Halilagic himself in 1992 brought into the country [Bosnia], one particular convoy carrying "humanitarian aid" from Croatia but in actuality was carrying a Mr.Abu Hamza one of the worst and most wanted Islamic fundamentalists alive to date.

  • The Structural Characteristics of Al-Qaeda’s Terrorist Network Within the US

    08/30/2004 8:39:27 AM PDT · 1 of 2
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    The Structural Characteristics of Al-Qaeda’s Terrorist Network Within the United States Based on Bosnia and Herzegovina’s Osama bin Laden Terrorist Experiences and Lessons Learned the United States can Benefit From.

    1. Structurally, the network consists of humanitarian organizations, associations and community centers for Muslims living in the US. 2. Non-Muslims were often involved in the aforementioned organizations' operations, to provide the cover of multi-ethnicity and hide the Muslim and Islamic nature of the organizations. 3. In addition to the aforementioned organizations in the US, the network also included diplomatic channels of some Islamic countries, their secret services and UN missions, whenever diplomatic cover was needed. It is important to remember that almost one third of the countries in the world are Islamic states, and their manipulation of the world organization represents a real threat. a) The Al-Qaeda network consists of the following committees :

    The Western Balkans has been a region of interest to Islamic extremists for decades. Numerous Muslims living in the so-called “Green Traverse” represent both a recruitment pool and a springboard for attacks in Western Europe. Bosnia-Herzegovina, Kosovo and the Raska region (a.k.a. Sanjak) are frequently used as Jihad’s gateway into the European heartland. The notion is not new, only more visible today than ever before. One tactic the Islamic fanatics implemented in the Western Balkans was population warfare. When Muslims are a minority, they seek to increase their numbers through high birthrates – sometimes ten times those of the non-Muslim populace. Once they attain a majority in a desired territory, they invoke the popular claim of Islamic fanatics: “Allah’s law on Allah’s land ”. Thus in mid-1994, the top Bosnian Muslim cleric (Reis-ul-ulema) Mustafa Ceric issued a decree ordering Bosnian Muslim women to bear at least five children . Studies of Islamic extremists’ activities in Bosnia-Herzegovina and the Balkans in general, their international connections, and the consequences of their political, propaganda and terrorist activities (including war crimes) have provided valuable insights into the global Islamic terror network. According to the available information, the Al-Qaeda network seems to consist of several committees. Every committee is an important link in the chain, engaged at the local, national and international level. International activity includes the recruitment of individuals with substantial political power, which can be used to further Islamic fundamentalist objectives. The Financial Committee has the task to provide the Network’s funding. Fundraising methods differ from place to place, but rely mainly on accounts directly or indirectly available to Osama Bin Laden and the funds provided through the wide network of “humanitarian organizations” which use their charity as a cover for fundraising and recruitment of future terrorists. This committee is also in charge of money transfers . One of its methods is the “hawala” system, where money and other commodities are transferred directly, without the involvement of banks. Such transactions are virtually impossible to trace. Basic funding derives primarily from the production and distribution of narcotics – specifically heroin, which is produced in Afghanistan, then distributed to Western European and US markets through a sophisticated network. One Kosovo Albanian was recently arrested at the Bajakovo border crossing between Croatia and Serbia-Montenegro, in possession of 48 kg of heroin. By and large, Kosovo Albanians are not Islamic fanatics, but as heroin smugglers, they are an important link in Al-Qaeda’s chain. Profits from the heroin trade are also very difficult to trace. Funds thus obtained are put to use in pursuit of Islamic fanatics’ darkest aims. Al-Qaeda and other organizations act locally, but think globally. For example, the newly established Islamic terrorist organization, LIVO, whose striking fist is the Uzbekistan Islamic Movement, is pursuing the plan for establishing Islamic states – and eventually, the Caliphate – in Central Asia, funded and aided by the Financial and the Military committees of Al-Qaeda. The Law and Religion committee focuses on justifying terrorist activities. In conjunction with the Media committee, it promotes the view that everywhere in the world, Muslims are constantly victims, and even when they do commit atrocities, those are fully justified as self-defense and righteous Jihad. The ultimate aim is to foment conflict between all Muslims and the rest of the civilized world. The Media Committee coordinates with the owners of pro-fundamentalist media and activists inside major media outlets to spread Islamic fundamentalist propaganda. The basic function of this Committee is to justify the activities of Islamic fundamentalists. The main weapon is to claim that Muslims are always and everywhere the exclusive victims of violence. Of course, truth is completely different, because the Islamic fundamentalists initiate violence for the purpose of establishing the pan-Islamic Ummah, a theocracy that excludes the existence of other religions. For example, in Kosovo-Metohia Islamic extremists among the Kosovo Albanians, with Al-Qaeda’s help, have managed to create a perception that the Albanian majority was endangered by the Serb minority. Thanks to the work of the Media Committee, the secession and terrorism of Islamic fundamentalists among the Kosovo Albanians were presented as a “struggle for freedom.” One of the main objectives of the Islamic fundamentalists’ global network is to create a perception in the world public opinion that Muslims are always the victims, in order to justify conflict and conquest. Victim status is thus claimed for Kosovo Albanians, their co-religionists in Kashmir, Palestine, Russia (Chechnya), Sudan, Tanzania, Bosnia, Macedonia, Malaysia, East Timor, etc. In addition to recruiting and training the Jihadi suicide bombers, the Military Committee also coordinates, plans, and commands terrorist activities throughout the world. It organizes logistical support for the attacks, sets the objectives and maintains communication with terrorist cells, all for the purpose of accomplishing the ultimate objective – a global Islamic state, Ummah, built by jihad and atrocities in the name of Allah. One of the first camps training the members of the global Islamic terror network was in Iran, established by Imam Khomeini personally. The first commander of the camp was Sheik Abbas Golru, a prominent member of the Syrian-run Palestinian terrorist organization al-Saiqa . The NGO Committee coordinates an entire network of NGOs connected by the shared ideals of Islamic fundamentalism and common funding. These organizations often have names that lack any Islamic identification. The goal of these organizations is to infiltrate the civil society of countries such as the US, UK, France and Italy, but also countries such as Tanzania and Nigeria. These NGOs have many purposes, but the main one is to raise funds for Islamic fundamentalists and influence the public opinion of the host countries. Many of these NGOs are cover for Islamic countries’ intelligence operations. Islamic countries used to have rudimentary intelligence operations, but that situation has changed. They have a defined goal – the creation of the Ummah. They have a defined enemy – all those who do not follow the Koran, non-Muslims, “infidels.” They have a defined method of struggle – terrorism. This is truly a frightening danger to modern civilization, one the entire world should be concerned about. The Government Committee recruits government officials of target nations, contributes financially and otherwise to the campaigns of recruited elected officials, and coordinates with intelligence services of terrorism-sponsoring nations . This Committee pursues the goal of establishing the Ummah by working through government institutions both nationally and internationally. The Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC) is a typical example of how the Islamic fundamentalist network is protected internationally. The organization has over 60 members, and is currently the strongest international voting bloc in the United Nations. It is extremely important to note that every committee can function autonomously. The model depicted above is a basic scheme of Al-Qaeda, which is defined as all organizations serving the cause of Islamic extremists. Al-Qaeda does not have a supreme command, but a supreme objective. Its instructions are what the Islamic extremists believe is contained in the Koran. All this makes Al-Qaeda unpredictable. Only observation and analysis of the committees’ actions at all levels can explain the consequences of their activities. After several decades of activity worldwide, it is becoming increasingly clear who finances the terrorists, what sort of global propaganda they employ and with whose assistance, and how entire nations are being demonized at Al-Qaeda’s behest. [Wartime Bosnian Muslim officials] Haris Silajdzic and Muhamed Sacirbey used to pay large sums of money to public relations firms, such as Ruder Finn LLC, to demonize Serbs. It is entirely clear today where this money came from.

  • AL QAIDA-Bosnia’s Linkages to Al-Qaeda

    08/30/2004 8:35:46 AM PDT · 1 of 2
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    AL QAIDA-Bosnia’s Linkages to Al-Qaeda

    All Mushahedin’s allegedly claiming to be born within Bosnia have declared themselves as "humanitarian workers" or holders of some form of a diplomatic passport. Most of them however were found out later to be merely plain members members of extremist Islamic groups such as: Al-Gama’a al Islamiyya, Hamas, GIA....Hezbolah....etc.. All of their basic operational needs have been apparently covered by a network of many of these so similar-like so-called "Islamic charities" such as the Benevolence Intonations Foundation and the Global Relief Found...all of these terrorist charitable organizations primarily had at least some form of their headquarters in both the United States and also some had their headquarters also in another Islamic Country. The names of following persons are those who received money from the aforementioned "charities" in the form of so-called "humanitarian aid" which they later "donated" to the high military command of the militant Mujahedin groups located outside of America which used the money for waging Jihad:

    Name & Surname Donation Amount Remarks 1. Abu Jusuf $30.800 $ Purchased weapons 2. Abu al-Haris $ 5.500 $ Command requirements 3. Abu al Migvar $12.000 $ Purchased munitions 4. Abu Hamza $13.000 $ Command requirements 5. Abu Yassir $15.000 $ Purchased munitions 6. Abu Sanad $500 (riyals) Command requirements 7. Abu Eyub $200 $ Purchased cow & drinks

    Or for example :

    “The involvement of Yasin Al Kadi and Chafiq Ayadi in both Depositna Banka and Vakufska Banka with the financial backing of Mahmal Investment Co. Limited, has provided for years a financial arm to Islamic charities and terrorist organizations operating in Bosnia Herzegovina. In 2002, an intelligence report from the Bosnian Intelligence Services (AID- Agency for investigation and Documentation) revealed the active role of Vakufska Banka D.D. in terrorism funding. Indeed, AID described Vakufska Banka D.D. and the merged Depozitna Banka D.D., as a financial platform assisting al Haramain Islamic Foundation and al-Qaeda activities:

    "The HO (al Haramain) spent around 13,000,000 KM ($7,647,000) between its foundation in 1997 and the end of last year2000. Financial transactions were through accounts at the Depozit[na] Bank, now the Vakufska Bank, whose major shareholders have been linked with PIS operating illegal money laundering".

    The Bosnian Intelligence memo regarding the activities of Al Haramain states the following:

    "Given all the above security factors, we believe that the clear lack of any concrete humanitarian projects indicates that the existence of this HO [Humanitarian Organization] was a fictitious cover (...)"

    The report establishes Al Haramain role in financing and assisting Osama Bin Laden operations:

    "Saudi HO [Humanitarian Organization] Al Haramain, (...) has acted as a channel for financing the activities of terrorist organizations. (...) According to available intelligence, the Sarajevo office assisted the terrorist organization Gama Al Islamija, while members of Bin Laden's El Itihad al Islamija (AIAI) terrorist groups were employed at the Somalia offices, which also financed their operations." In March 2002, during the Anti-terrorism operations in Bosnia, the new Vakufska Banka's director, Amir Rizvanovic recognized that Al Haramain was an active client of Vakufska Banka , while Nurudin Kusturica (bank's director for nine years) left the bank since the discovery that a former co-owner of Depozitna Banka and current co-owner of Vakufska Banka was on the list of SDGT for supporting terrorism.

    Sulejman Vranj is a Bosnian Army Brigadier General and the former chief of the Personnel Office of the BH Federation Army's Joint Command. On February 2,2002, US General John Sylvester, as SFOR Commander, banned General Vranj to work in any military service "because of his participation in protests during the extradition of the Algerian Group to the US". The Algerian group was part of Al-Qaeda, and since then, General Vranj has been engaged in the Board of directors of Vakufska Banka. Additionally, according to Bosnian Financial Police documentation, Vakufska Banka is involved in terrorism financing through financial transactions between the Saudi High Commission for Relief and a company named Engra, managed by Balta Edin.

    Balta Edin (son of Muharem), born on 12/30/1964 in Sarajevo, and residing in Sarajevo, director of the firm "Engra," D.O.O., Zenica, submitted false information about legally earned income of the firm in 1998, 1999, and 2000, of the income that he, as the firm's representative, personally received in cash from a customer at the foreign humanitarian organization Saudi High Commission for Relief. These money laundering transactions were operated between Engra D.O.O. headed by Balta Edin, the Saudi High Commission for Relief, convicted to funnel money to al-Qaeda operatives in Bosnia, and Vakufska Banka.

    From 1998 to 2000, Engra D.O.O. conducted financial transactions on behalf of an organization linked to UBL through the following bank accounts: account 1604205500000502, opened with DD "Vakufska Banka," Sarajevo, Zenica Branch and account 1602000000869046 (from 04/08/2002), opened with DD "Depozitna Banka" Sarajevo. For years, either Depozitna Banka or Vakufska Banka have been associated with the funding of Islamic projects in BiH.

    According to the report by the Bosnian Ambassador to the UN, Mirza Kusljugic provided to the UN Security Council's Counter-Terrorism Committee (CTC), a special investigation has been conducted in Bosnia to check the funds and assets of suspected individuals and agencies, which led to the freezing of two accounts in Vakufska Banka, the account of a citizen of Saudi Arabia [Yasin al Kadi]which amounted to 3.5 million DM as well as the account of an Investment Company from the Middle East [Mahmal Investment Co. Limited] which also amounted to 3.5 million DM.

    Vakufska Banka has several partners in Europe and especially in Turkey, where the Bosnian bank is above all the main correspondent of Al Baraka Turkish Finance House, known to be connected to the Spanish cell of al-Qaida. Mohamed Galeb Kalaje Zouaydi, financial head of al-Qaida in Spain, and financier of the Hamburg cell, transferred to UBL Courier for Europe, Mohamed Baiahah (aka Abu Khaled), $97,000 US on July 2000, through al Baraka Turkish Finance House in Turkey . According to the Spanish police documentation,Muhamed Galeb Kalaje Zouaydi used several times Al Baraka Turkish Finance House to transfer money to al-Qaida operatives.

    Regarding the activities of Al Baraka Turkish Finance House in Bosnia, the longterm inquiry conducted by Bosnian intelligence revealed that Al Baraka Bank provided support to Al Haramain operations and helped transfer funds for Osama Bin Laden operations. The Agency for investigation and Documentation - AID - gives further details in a memorandum titled "Some illegal activities of humanitarian organizations investigated by the relevant investigative bodies of the Federation of Bosnia Herzegovina (FBiH)" :

    "Records available for 1998 show a flow of money into the so-called "operating" account of the HO [Humanitarian Organization] at the Deposit Bank, Sarajevo, from the "main" account, sent from Saudi Arabia via the Deutsche Bank and the Albaraka Bank in Turkey. The amount is 1,059,687 DEM [$2.13 million US]".

    Al Baraka Turkish Finance House, Al Baraka branch in Turkey is a subsidiary of the Dallah Al Baraka group .”

    These and many other similar type Jihad warriors were supported via like "charities" which were mostly located within North America and all involved in some terrorist activities. The United States has great reason to worry. Experts on terrorism claim that the largest act of terrorism ever occurring on September 11th 2001 could not have been accomplished without at least 100 people involved in its planning. This clearly indicates that the Al-Qaeda network in clearly located comfortably within the United States and has been for many years. Finally, the United States is using its strong allies and associated connections to undertake a war against Al-Qaeda and other terrorist groups like it. This will not be an easy uncomplicated task however.

  • WHITE AL QAIDA-Sead Jakup, Bosnian Muslim wanted to set the temple ablaze in New York

    08/30/2004 8:33:06 AM PDT · 1 of 10
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    WHITE AL QAIDA-Sead Jakup, Bosnian Muslim wanted to set the temple ablaze in New York

    The Pakistani immigrant said he watched in disbelief as Sead Jakup, 22, took the canister across the street and began dousing the Young Israel of Kings Bay synagogue. Ali quickly called 911, and cops arrived before Jakup, a Bosnian Muslim, could set the temple ablaze. "Mr. Ali saved the shul [synagogue]," said Allen Popper, president of the synagogue. "He's a hero." Ali said that Jakup first asked to pump gas into a plastic bucket. Assuming the man's car had run out of fuel, Ali gave him a gas can to fill up. He said he "couldn't believe my eyes" when Jakup marched straight to the synagogue. "I saw him spilling gas on the sign in front of the synagogue," Ali said. "Then, he started spilling it onto the door - that is when I called 911."

  • AL QAIDA-Why the United States has Reasons to Worry?

    08/30/2004 8:30:15 AM PDT · 1 of 1
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    AL QAIDA-Why the United States has Reasons to Worry?

    Associated Press reported on "...NATO authorities who raided a Saudi aid agency last fall found computer files containing photographs of terrorist targets and street maps of Washington with government buildings marked, a senior U.S. official disclosed Thursday…The newspaper continued that… "…The October raid of the Sarajevo office of the Saudi High Commissioner for Aid to Bosnia also netted a computer program explaining how to use crop duster aircraft to spread pesticide, and materials used to make fake U.S. State Department identification badges and credit cards, the official told The Associated Press, speaking on condition of anonymity."

    In mentioning from the Saudi High Commissioner for Aid to Bosnia, it must be taken into account that the Saudi rulers have been well known for transferring huge sums of money to this particular "charitable" agency. Over the past nine years, the agency alone has spent approximately $600million U.S. dollars for its "activities" within Bosnia. The money came from various donations made by certain prominent Saudi businessmen and also from certain Saudi governmental grants.

    Both sad and ironic is that King Fahd personally contributed the sum of $34 million U.S. dollars to the agency now known to be affiliated with Al-Qaeda activities of terrorism. It also very much appears that not all the money was even used for any humanitarian purposes at all but rather for something much more sinister which clearly is Osama bin Laden’s Bosnian Al-Qaeda network of "charities."

    Daniel Benjamin, director of Transnational Threats located at the National Security Council during the Clinton Administration said Al-Qaeda was also using "charities" including several named: Maktab Khidmat or "Services Bureau" as well as another called Mercy International Relief Organization. These charities were also used by the terrorists for relaying messages and funding for its operations. Bosnian authorities are also now heavily investigating connections between Benevolence International Foundation of Palos Hills, Ill. and Mr. Hadz Boudella, "a charity worker" recently arrested (October 2001) in Sarajevo who later was turned over to the U.S. authorities sending him to Guantanamo Bay in Cuba. Boudella had apparently worked for Benevolence International in Zenica between 1992 through 1994 and is believed to be connected to Abu Al-Me'Ali, the leader of a unit of Islamic fighters in Zenica. Boudella was also working closely with another "Islamic charity" called "Human Appeal International" when he was arrested, according to his wife Nadja Dizdarevic . Apparently, when Boudella and many others were handed over to the U.S. anti-terrorist forces this past January, the American authorities said they also suspected Boudella’s involvement with two Islamic militant groups--Algeria's Armed Islamic Group and Egypt's al-Gama'a al Islamiyya. Boudella came to Bosnia in 1992 and he claimed to want to undertake humanitarian work with an organization called Al Bir, Dizdarevic as stated by Mr. Al Bir Al. "Dawalia" is the Arabic translation meaning "Benevolence International Foundation" according to an FBI affidavit fromChicago . The Global Relief Foundation was located in Bridgeview and the Benevolence International Foundation in Palos Hills were both searched over with a fine tooth comb by the American FBI whose spokeswoman Ebony Harrel said: "The head of one of the nation's largest Muslim charities was charged with allegedly lying about his involvement with Osama bin Laden and his al-Qaida network of terror. In a 35-page criminal complaint, the government contends that Enaam M. Arnaout and the Benevolence International Foundation supported bin Laden operatives who were searching for nuclear and chemical materials and plotting terrorist strikes around the world."

    Mr. Ennam Arnaout launched Benevolence's operations from Bosnia / Herzegovina during 1992 and ostensibly, to distribute relief supplies to both civilians and soldiers. He was eventually granted Bosnian citizenship (February 8th 1996). His passport is among 300 issued between 1995 and 1996 that Bosnian authorities are now investigating as to determine whether they were handled properly. The complaint alleges that Arnaout had very close ties with Osama bin Laden and his top aides dating back to the 1980s when the Syrian-born naturalized American was living in Pakistan. In other words, during 1989, bin Laden asked Arnaout to care for one of his wives at his home in Pakistan until he could pick her up according to certain governmental officials. Arnaout also was an administrator for bin Laden, distributing funds on his behalf according to a confidential witness now cooperating with the Bosnian government. The complaint also alleges that the foundation sponsored the man’s false VISA and also paid for his housing in Bosnia and also for the other man, Mamdouh Salim, another vital key bin Laden associate. Salim allegedly approved the purchase of uranium for making nuclear weapons. The initial Al-Qaeda operative ordered to carry out the purchase of this uranium, Mohamed Bayazid, used the foundation's address in Illinois to obtain a driver's license according to the complaint. Salim was later arrested in Germany (1998) and is currently awaiting trial in New York City on charges of conspiring with bin Laden and al-Qaida to kill U.S. citizens.

    “In the New York area, BIF was represented by a senior Bosnian diplomat and “Minister Counsellor” at the Bosnian Mission to United Nations in Manhattan: Saffet Abid Catovic. Since 1993, Catovic has been a prominent charitable fundraiser for the Balkans and an outspoken voice at the UN mission on Islamic religious and political issues. He has had a close relationship with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and, in interviews in 1994, he publicly thanked the Saudis for their generous financial assistance to Bosnian religious projects. However, he has since noted: “there was no way to do wire transfers into Bosnia; it had to be physically carried—the funds had to be physically carried in to give the people, uh, financial help… it’s not unusual.” Given his fundamentalist activism in the northeastern United States, it is clear that Catovic was also using his position to advocate “holy struggle” against the opponents of radical Islam, including inside the United States. Testifying in Immigration court, Catovic denied supporting the blind Shaykh Omar Abdel Rahman (head of the Egyptian Al-Gama`at Al-Islamiyya terror organization) but nonetheless added, “I admire his recitation of the Koran… [h]e’s a blind man who recites Koran very beautifully.” During his testimony, Catovic also admitted to having met Ramadan Abdullah Shallah, the current General Secretary of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ), “once or twice” at terrorist fundraising conferences held in the United States by the Tampa-based Islamic Committee for Palestine (ICP). New York police who arrested El Sayyid Nosair, the assassin of militant Jewish leader Meir Kahane and co-conspirator in the February 1993 World Trade Center bombing, found Saffet Catovic’s business card from the New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation amongst Nosair’s personal effects. In a videotaped theological lecture published by an Islamic media outlet in New Jersey, Catovic introduced Siddig Ali (also later convicted of a central role in a fundamentalist conspiracy to bomb New York landmarks in 1993) to speak on the subject of “Jihad: The Forgotten Duty.” Catovic offered heartfelt praise of Siddig, and told his camera audience that they should feel “honored to have our dear brother from Sudan, a land which is participating in the Jihad in the struggle itself, and by the mercy of Allah, has almost succeeded in gaining that victory totally and completely.” Siddig Ali ordered to his followers amongst viewers:

    “If the Da`wa [Islamic Call] is confronted, anybody, anywhere, by any power, then the sword is to be absolutely used and implemented… But let’s come back to our Muslims that are with us today and Brother Saffet just showed us today a video of what is going on today in Muslim Bosnia. What happened to our involvement as Muslims, to attack the core of this disease? …Allah (SWT) warned us in the Qur`an when he said, ‘O you who believe, what is the matter with you, that when it is time that you are asked to go forth to fight in the cause of Allah, you cling heavily to the earth? …As if we came back from our respective countries with the same defeatist mentality, that we cannot announce and pronounce these ayat [verses] of Jihad… because we are still afraid that the CIA or the FBI or the authorities or countries are going to be behind us… [and we do not] confront the kuffar [infidels] who has taken our own sisters, our brothers, as slaves in Bosnia.” It is, of course, fundamentally significant that Catovic, a senior official at BIF (an organization now officially recognized by the U.S. government as an Al-Qaida terrorist front group), had such a close relationship with Siddig Ali, one of the lead conspirators in the 1993 New York terror plots.

    On November 24.2000,the Dorral Forrestal Conference Center in Princeton, New Jersey hosted a three-day local Muslim “spiritual retreat.” One of the speakers at the event was Saffet Catovic, whose lecture was titled “Political and Social Jihad.”In an article about the retreat,the author explained, “Brother Saffet Catovic has been active in the Bosnian Jihad for many years.” Between August 20-26, 2001, Catovic was a featured invitee and speaker at a “Jihad Camp” organized for Muslim men between the ages of 14 and 25, sponsored by the northeast regional branch of the “Young Muslims of North America.” Though there was no explicit mention of any martial purpose, the flyer was printed in camouflage colors and the text was in military-style block print. The conference registration form began with a quote from the Qur`an: “Jihad is ordained for you (Muslims) though you dislike it, and it may be that you dislike something which is good for you and that you like something which is bad for you. Allah knows but you do not know.” One of the other lecturers at the Jihad Camp (who has teamed up with Catovic at many other speaking events) was Imam Siraj Wahaj, a radical African-American Muslim cleric, listed by U.S. Attorney Mary Jo White in 1995 as an “unindicted person who may be alleged as [a] conspirator” in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing. ”

    Another search conducted on (December 16th 2001) at a Benevolence International Foundation office in Newark, N.J., according to Dean Boyd, spokesman for the U.S. Customs Service said that the group claiming to be an "Islamic Charity", is cooperating with FBI officials and said: "It's part of a higher level of scrutiny of all Muslim relief organizations.''

    It is important to underline that Safet Catovic are also more members of AID (The Secret Service of Bosnian Muslims). During this same time no report was uncovered by FBI Officials stating that any proof was his possession regarding his true identity accept for a U.N. badge which manifested outwardly that he was apparently a Minister Counsellor at the Bosnia Mission to the United Nations. His ID had apparently expired (October 31st 2003). Until today there is no explanation as to whereby Catovic had simultaneously been both a charity worker and also a Bosnian UN Mission Diplomat. That question still lingers! Furthermore, Catovic organized an active Jihad Camp in Pennsylvania very close by to a place where one of planes crashed on September 11th 2001. This Jihad Camp was held only one month prior to the September 11th 2001 terrorist attack on America between (August 20 to 26th 2001).

    At the same time as the Illinois searches, two Global Relief Foundation offices that were located in the Former Yugoslavia parts of both Bosnia and Kosovo were also searched by NATO-led peacekeepers and also their associated U.N. police. A NATO spokesman said three people were detained there but gave no additional details. The monetary / financial asset holdings of both these groups are now frozen by the U.S. Treasury Department said State Department spokesman Tony Fratto. He also stated that since "Early Saturday there were coordinated actions to block the assets because the groups are both suspected of funding terrorist activities.''

    Officials said the Chicago searches were conducted by the U.S. Treasury Department, the FBI and the U.S. Customs Department and the actual Search Warrants themselves were sealed. Fratto cited the Patriot Act signed on (October 26th 2001) by U.S. President George Bush which gives federal agents much broader powers to detain immigrants, eavesdrop on telephone calls and look at emails. The Act also gives Officials new powers to actively share anti-terrorist sensitive informational details of all and any ongoing criminal investigations with the CIA. Moreover, U.S. President George Bush Jr. on (11/7/01) stated: "We put the world's financial institutions on notice: if you do business with terrorists, if you support them or sponsor them, you will not do business with the United States of America."

    Additionally, September 28th 2001, the U.N. adopted a new Security Council Resolution 1363 (2001). This instructs UN member States to take all and every of the necessary steps to freeze the financial funds of entities and/or persons suspected of committing, and/or posing significant risks of committing, or providing material support for any future acts of terrorism.

    The NATO statement insofar as the recent raids on the Islamic Global Relief offices in Yugoslavia said UN Peacekeepers and U.N. police had received credible information that Global Relief may have been directly involved in supporting terrorism. On Sunday December 16th 2001, Federal agents raided the Bridgeview offices of another Islamic charity called, "The Holy Land Foundation for Relief and Development." Authorities said this new Texas based charity is believed to be a front for raising money for Islamic Al-Qaeda terrorist groups such as even Hammas.

  • AL QAIDA-REPORT ON ILLEGAL FINANCIAL ACTIVITIES AND TERRORISM FINANCING ON THE TERRITORY of BiH

    08/30/2004 8:27:13 AM PDT · 1 of 14
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    REPORT ON ILLEGAL FINANCIAL ACTIVITIES AND TERRORISM FINANCING ON THE TERRITORY OF THE FEDERATION OF BOSNIA I HERZEGOVINA PART I/I/ABIHBQ – 08/2003 by JEAN-CHARLES BRISARD, LEAD INVESTIGATOR, 911 LAWSUIT :

    “Bosnian banks Vakufska Banka D.D. and Depozitna Banka D.D. have supported, facilitated and participated in terrorism financing on the territory of Bosnia Herzegovina. These banks were funded by two SDGT, Yasin Al Kadi and Chafiq Ayadi, along with a Saudi-controlled offshore company based in the Isle of Man, whose main shareholder is a member of the Saudi royal family, nephew of King Fahd and son of the Saudi Deputy Minister of Interior. Other shareholders of the banks have also supported terrorism in the past. The bank has provided financial support to several organizations acting as fronts for Al-Qaida, including Muwafaq Foundation, Al Haramain Islamic Foundation and the Saudi High Commission for Relief in Bosnia Herzegovina, some of which have already been designated as SDGT by the US Government.”

    In further text, we are going to let you know some details from this REPORT.

    “Vakufska Banka D.D. (aka Vakufska Bank) is registered in Sarajevo, Bosnia & Herzegovina, with an address at Ferhadija 2, 71000, Sarajevo, Tel: +387 71 470903, Fax: +387 71 2005971. The bank was founded in 1992 in Sarajevo, and is currently chaired by Amir Rizvanovic, serving as General Director. Vakufka Banka has 70 employees and maintains several branches in Bosnia & Herzegovina (Zenica, Mostar, Bihac…) and banking correspondents in several European countries (Italy, Germany, Belgium…).

    In 2002, Vakufska Banka reported a capital of 16.4 million KM ($9,300,000 US), while its total assets raise 55,920,000 KM ($28,670,000 US) for the same year.

    In August 2002 the Bosnian Federal Banking Agency authorized the merger of Vakufska Banka and Depozitna Banka.

    Depozitna Banka D.D. was a private bank owned by Yasin al Kadi (44.3%) and Mahmal Investments Company based in the Isle of Man (44.2%). The entity was under Bosnian and foreign investigation for years. The official documentation dated 2000 from Depozitna Banka D.D. , based in Vrazova 9, Sarajevo, shows that Yasin al Kadi was the first shareholder of the bank.

    The shareholding structure of Depositna Banka D.D., as of December 31, 2000 (Before merging with Vakufska Banka D.D.), was as follows:

    Name Percentage of shares held Yasin Kadi 44.3% Mahmal Invest Co Limited 44.2% BH Banka Sarajevo 2.4% BH Osiguranje 2.1% Centralexport Sarajevo 1.3%

    Since October 2001, Yasin al Kadi (aka Yassin Qadi, Yasin al-Qadi), 47, is labeled by the U.S. Treasury, as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist (SDGT) and his assets are frozen in the U.S. and Europe. Yasin al Kadi is at the center of various financings through his company “Qadi International” and financial activities in the Balkans.

    Even if he is still at large in Saudi Arabia, where he resides, Yasin al Kadi is one of the six directors of Muwafaq Humanitarian Organization, an organization that provided assistance to the Al-Qaida network. In June 1998, Yasin al Kadi is named in an FBI report on money laundering charges at the profit of Hamas, a terrorist organization.

    Muhammad, Chafiq Ayadi (Aka. Ayadi Shafiq, Ben Muhammad; Aka. Ayadi Chafik, Ben Muhammad; Aka. Aiadi, Ben Muhammad; Aka. Aiady, Ben Muhammad), (01/21/63 Safais, Tunisia) , took part in activities of Depozitna Banka and became in 1996 co-owner of Depozitna Banka in Sarajevo . Chafiq Ayadi is a Tunisian national but also holds Bosnian citizenship. Chafiq Ayadi was a business associate of Yasin al Kadi.

    Chairman of Muwafak Foundation in Zagreb, Croatia, Chafiq Ayadi is on the list of Specially Designated Global Terrorists, pursuant to Executive Order 13224. In April 1996, a sum of USD 500,000 was transferred to the SKB account of Bin Muhamad Chafiq Ayadi by a Saudi national, Salem Bin Mahfouz (believed to be Khalid Bin Salem Bin Mahfouz). Chafiq Ayadi became the majority owner of Depozitna Banka on July 27, 1995. Chafiq Ayadi accounts have been recently investigated by Croatian financial police on terrorism charges. While Chafiq Ayadi was the co-owner of Depozitna Banka, he transferred through the bank DM 2.5 million to the account of the Muwafaq Foundation. Furthermore, Chafiq Ayadi became also co-owner of Euroinvest D.O.O. in Sarajevo, which shared the same address as Depozitna Banka. The second co-owner of Euroinvest D.O.O. used to be Yasin al-Kadi, who was also co-owner of Depozitna Banka and became co-owner of Vakufska Banka . Chafiq Ayadi left Depozitna Banka in September 2000. He sold his shares to Yasin al Kadi. On March 30, 2001, the Banking Agency rescinded the Depozitna Banka’s permit, and the bank merged with Vakufska Banka. Euroinvest D.O.O., based in Bosnia with an address at Ulica Armije BH bb, 75264 Lukavac, was one of the most regular provider of Al Haramain Al Masjed Al Aqsa charitable foundation during the 2000-2001 period .

    Based on al-Kadi's previous shares in "Depozitna Banka", he should earn 20% of the shares of Vakufska Banka, nominally worth 3.2 million KM ($1,815,000 US). According to intelligence sources, Yasin al Kadi is still co-owner of Vakufska Banka through another Sarajevo front company. Indeed he was already the main shareholder into Depozitna Banka when the entity merged with Vakufska Banka. During years, Depozitna Banka and then, Vakufska Banka, were owned by Saudi businessman Yasin Al Kadi, under US investigation for terrorism charges and by a Saudi shadow company called Mahmal Investment Company, currently under Bosnian investigation by the FOSS, Financial Police and Federal Banking Agency.

    Moreover, according to the official registry of Vakufska Banka hareholders, El Tarik Oil D.O.O., an oil company based in Sarajevo, was also shareholder with 8% of Vakufska Banka capital in year 2000. Another documented report from the Bosnian Financial Police indicates in 2002 that El Tarik Oil D.O.O. is a regular provider for the Saudi High Commission and al Haramain al Aqsa foundation in Sarajevo , both involved in logistical support to al-Qaida. Finally, among the Vakufska Banka shareholders also stands a foundation called “Fondacija Bosnjaci Mostar” and “Rijaset Islamke Zajednice”, their shares are respectively 18% and 11% in year 2000 . Both foundations receive donations from abroad, and particularly from Saudi Arabia.

    Nezim Halilovic Muderis, director of Wakf Directorate of the BiH Islamic Community, responsible for these foundations, is a preacher at the Sarajevo King Fahd Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud Mosque. Rijaset Islamke Zajednice, or Islamic Community of Bosnia Herzegovina publishes the monthly “Preporod” (Renaissance). In one of its issues in May 1992, the newspaper stressed the “virtues of the Islamic warefare” to the fighters for the independent and multinational Bosnia and Herzegovina, advising them “to purify themselves so that they could feed on the Divine spring”. In the text entitled “We feel no fear”, Preporod gave these pieces of advice in a text which looks remarkably similar to Mohamed Atta’s last instructions to the September 11 hijackers:

    “Set out to the battle with pure intentions and full confidence in Allah - if you survive, you will become heroes; if you are killed, you will be martyrs, otherwise - you will lose both and be humiliated; if possible, start off with ablutions, but always with God's name in your heart and on your lips; you must never leave unwashed (after nocturnal emission or marital intercourse) for such person could cause adversity both to himself and others; during your assault at or confrontations with the enemy, utter the cries "Allah ekber!"; if possible, carry the Koran with you”.

    The shareholding structure of Vakufska Banka for years 2000 (before merger) and 2001 (post merger) was the following (note that total percentage does not equal 100%) :

    Name % of shares in 2000 % of shares in 2001 Individual investors 29% 36.6% Mahmal Investment Co Limited - 21.1% Fondacija Bosnjaci Mostar 18% 8.8% Finance Ministry 74% 6.9% Rijaset Islamske Zajednice BiH 11% 5.1% Tarik El Oil d.o.o. Sarajevo 8% -

    “According to a sworn statement filed by FBI Special Agent Robert Wright, BMI “had receive financing from [Yassin Kadi] and United States designated HAMAS terrorist [Musa abu Marzook].” In October 2001, the U.S. Treasury Department froze the assets of Yassin Kadi and listed him as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist, citing his financial support for Al-Qaeda through a “relief” organization called Muwafaq, or Blessed Relief. Agent Wright had initially investigated BMI as part of an ongoing Hamas fundraising investigation in the United States. According to an Affidavit filed by Wright, Yassin Kadi put up $820,000 for a real estate deal structured to funnel proceeds to Hamas operative Mohammed Salah. ” And : “But by then, it was hardly a secret that BIF was involved in more than just charitable activities. The entity openly advertised itself in its Arabic-language fundraising appeals as a “trustworthy hand for the support of [both] the mujahideen and refugees” in Bosnia. Similarly, documents taken from BIF’s U.S.-based offices in December 2001 included handwritten Arabic notations explaining that its headquarters in Croatia was established “for relief operations and support of jihad in Bosnia-Herzegovina… Contribute with your mujahideen brothers to repel the Crusader-Zionist attack on Muslim lands.” Another handwritten note found in Illinois by investigators revealed BIF’s supreme “unwritten law”: “no matter how poor/sick – first priority is for mujahideen.” The raid of BIF’s Illinois office also turned up a number of other documents directly related to the war in Bosnia: a receipt dated July 21. 1994. from the “Black Swans” Bosnian Muslim commando brigade for 300 blankets and 200 pairs of boots obtained from BIF; a receipt from the BiH army dated June 3. 1994. for 2.000 uniforms, 2.000 pairs of shoes, and ten “mass communication stations” donated by BIF to “this military unit”; a request dated December 31.1994. from the Bosnian military for a combat ambulance (later delivered as promised in January 1995);and, a memorandum to BIF director Enaam Arnaout dated November 17.1995. describing the recent contribution of 200 tents to the Muslim army. In an interview conducted in 1992, BIF founder Adel Batterjee denied that his brainchild was actively encouraging its employees to aid or join the militant mujahideen operating in the Balkans; however, he also nonetheless added, “if a relief worker decides that he wants to join the fighting forces, we would not stop him.” ”

  • Children’s bodies found in mass grave (claims they are Serb)

    08/12/2004 5:04:26 PM PDT · 16 of 16
    Darko to joan

    CRIMINAL CHARGES

    for the act of genocide against the Serb nation in Article 141 of the Penal Code of the S.F.R.Y. defined and punishable according to the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of Crimes of Genocide adopted by the UN General Assembly in 1948, and War Crimes against the civilian population in Article 142. of the Penal Code of the S.F.R.Y. defined and punishable according to the 1949 Geneva Convention on the Protection of civilians during the wartime, against:

    1 .Causevic Nijaz (Muslim), nickname 'Medo', son of father Muhib and mother Djuka, born on 13 March 1953 in village Sijekovac, Municipality of the city of Bosanski Brod (Bosnia and Herzegovina - BIH);
    2, Pohara Armin (Muslim), son of father Esad, born on 15 June 1958 in Slavonski Brod (Croatia);
    3. Brzic Ivan (Croatian), son of father liija and mother Andja, born on 15 November 1949 in village Vukicevici, Municipality of Jajce (BIH);
    4. Prkacin Ante (Croatian), from Slavonski Brod (Croatia), other information about him not available, investigation is underway;
    5. Obradovic Rade (Croatian), from Slavonski Brod (Croatia), other information about him not available, investigation is underway;
    6. Kovacevic Zemir (Muslim), son of father Hasim, born on 8 August 1966 in Slavonski Brod;
    7. Manota Andrija (Croatian), son of father Anton, born on 9 May 1956 in village Sijekovac, Municipality of Bosanski Brod;
    8. Kalenderovic Jasmin (Muslim), nickname 'Kalc', son of father Naiz and mother Marija, born on 21 February 1966 in Sijekovac;
    9. Kalenderovic Drago (Muslim), nickname 'Kalc', son of father Naiz and mother Marija, born on 8 August 1963 in Slavonski Brod;
    10. Pinjagic Hibo (Muslim), son of father Mustafa, born on 25 September 1964 in Slavonski Brod;
    11. Pinjagic Huso (Muslim), son of father Mustafa, born on 19 November 1955 in Sijekovac;
    12. Dugalic Ejub (Muslim), son of father Ibrahim, born on 16 Apdl 1945 in Sijekovac; 13. Dugalic ldriz (Muslim), nickname 'Gigo', son of father Ibrahim, born on 9 May 1939 in Sijekovac;
    14. Soldan lvko (Croatian), son of father Anto, born on 29 July 1938 in village Zboriste, Municipality of city of Bosanski Brod;
    15. Kovacevic Selver (Muslim), nickname 'Suljo', son of father Hasib, from Sijekovac, identification underway;
    16. Dobojcic Benjamin (Muslim), son of father Refik and mother Mirsada, born on 15 November 1966 in Sijekovac;
    17. Kovacevic Salko (Muslim), nickname 'Dvogus' from Sijekovac, identification underway;
    18. Soidan Tomo (Croatian), son of father Sime, born on 23 May 1925 in Gornje Mocila, Municipality of Bosanski Brod;
    19. Saicin Rasid (Muslim), son of father Kasim, born on 1 March 1946 in Sijekovac;
    20. Causevic lzet (Muslim), son of father Alaga, born on 8 May 1964 in Sijekovac;
    21. Kovacevic Blazen (Croatian), nickname 'Murjak', son on father Luka, born on 20 November 1950 in Novo Selo, Municipality of Bosanski Brod;
    22. Blazevic Drago (Croatian), other information unknown, identification underway-,
    23. Kovacevic Semir (Muslim), son of father Masib, other information unknown, identification underway;
    24. Memisevic Salko (Muslim), nickname 'Djogusa', son of father Salko, born on 4 March 1959 in Sijekovac;
    25. Kovacevic Suad (Muslim), nickname 'Nele', son of father Mujo, identification underway;
    26. Buketa Ivan (Croatian), son of father Slavko, born on 19 August 1958 in Slavonski Brod;
    27. Besirevic Adem (Muslim), son of father Abid, born on 12 May 1942 in village Jales, Municipality of Foca (SIH);
    28. Dobojcic Dino (Muslim), son of father Refik from Sijekovac;
    29. Rubil Goran (Croatian), son of father Jozo, born on 27 May 1964 in Slavonski Brod; 30. Kljajic Iiija (Croatian), from village Kricanovo, Municipality of Bosanski Brod, other information unknown;
    31. Stipic Nedo (Croatian), information unknown, identification underway;
    32. Kljajic Ranko (Croatian), from village Kricanovo, Municipality of Bosanski Brod, other information unknown, identification underway;
    33. Dugalic Amir (Muslim), son of father Ejub, born on 5 March 1975 in Sijekovac;
    34. Adjulovic Ahmed (Muslim), nickname 'Raka', son of father Mehmed, born on 24 November 1970 in Sijekovac;
    35. Grgic Simo (Croatian), son of father Pejo, born on 28 August 1950 in Slavonski Brod.
    36. Smajic Emir (Muslim), nickname 'Emko', born on 12 August 1952 in Sijekovac;
    37. Djakovic Dragan (Croatian), nickname 'Bokser', other information unknown, dentification underway;
    38. Katinic Mirko (Croatian), son of father Luka, born on 28 April 1934 in Kricanovo, Aunicipality of Brod;
    39. Katinic Simo (Croatian), son of father Luka, born on 10 January 1937 in Kricanovo, Aunicipality of Brod;
    40. Kljucevic Franjo (Croatian), son of father Jakov from D. Mocila, identification inderway;
    4l. Kljucevic Jozo (Croatia), son of father Jakov from D.Mocila, identification underway;
    42. Cicak Josip (Croatian), son of father Luka from Ruza, born on 14 February 1963 in Doboj;
    43. Besirevic Hakija (Muslim), son of father Abid and mother Hana, born on 1 0 Jovember 1951 in Jelas, Municipality of Foca;
    44. Blazevic Pejo (Croatian), son of father Stipe and mother Ruza, born on 5 September 1957 in Novo Selo, Municipality of Bosanski Brod;
    45. Jasarevic Ago (Muslim), son of father Kasim, born on I 1 September 1968 in Slavonski Brod;
    46. Causevic Meho (Muslim), son of father Alaga and mother Selveta, other information inknown, investigation underway;
    47. Bajrovic Salem (Muslim), son of father Pasa, allegedly from Sijekovac, investigation inderway;
    48. Fulan Hajrudin (Muslim), son of father Mujo and mother Alija, born on 17 March 1960 in Sijekovac;
    49. Kljajic Rudolf (Croatian), son of father Nikola, investigation underway;
    50. Kljajic Jozo (Croatian), son of father Ratomir, investigation underway;
    5l. Misic Smajo (Muslim), son of Ibrahim, born on 21 April 1967 in Sijekovac;
    52. Kruljac Miaden (Croatian), other information unknown, investigation is underway; 53. Celebija Rudo (Croatian), other information unknown, investigation is underway; 54. Celebija Pero (Croatian), other information unknown, investigation is underway;
    55. Zepcan Refik (Muslim), nickname 'Refo', son of father lbro, born on 9 August 1937 Kolibe Gornje, Municipality of Brod;
    56. Lukic Tadija (Croatian), son of father Marko, born on 1 October 1928 in Kricanovo, Aunicipality of Brod;
    57. Lukic Nedeljko (Croatian), nickname ‘Nedo’, son of father Tadija, born on 4 march 1951 in Kricanovo, Municipality of Brod;
    58. Mlivic Smajo (Muslim), son of father Saafet, investigation underway;
    59. Lapan Andrija (Croatian), other information unknown, investigation underway;
    60. Marinic Pero Croatian), other information unknown, investigation is underway;
    61. Kovacevic Jakov (Croatian), son of father Anto, other information unknown, investigation is underway;
    62. Salicin Sulejman (Muslim), son of father Kasim and mother Begana, born on 13 March 1949 in Sijekovac;
    63. Unknown person, know only under nickname'Mokica'from Luscani, identification and investigation is underway;
    64. Certain lvo from Novo Selo, known under nickname 'Zec', identification and investigation is underway;
    65. Certain Kljajic brothers from Kricinovo, identification is underway;
    66. Eres Damir (Croatian), son of father Ziatko, born on IO December 1972 in Slavonski Brod (Croatia);
    67. Eres Dragan (Croatian), son of father Zlatko, born on 16 November 1966 in Orijolac, Municipality of Slavonski Brod.


    There is a reasonable doubt that the suspects from under ordinal numbers 36. to 67. have committed Criminal acts against the civilian population by participating alongside the other suspects within Croatian-Muslim paramilitary formations in the expulsion and ethnic cleansing of the Serb population, looting and burning of their homes and the imprisonment of the civilian population and taking them for forced labor and forced service in their armed forces, in particular by carrying out alongside the other suspects the executions of the Serb civilian population following the occupation of the Serb settlements of Gornja and Donja Mocila from 26 March to 4 May 1992 so that the following persons lost their lives in the period from the occupation until the liberation of Bosanski Brod on 7 October 1992:

    1. Ceric Mirko, son of father Nikola and mother Marica, born on 20 August 1926 in D.Mocila, Municipality of Brod;
    2. Ceric Dusa, son of father Mirko and mother Mara, born on 27 August 1954 in D. Mocila, Municipality of Brod;
    3. Ceric Jelena, daughter of father Luka and mother Andja, born on 1 November 1922 in Grk, Municipality in Brod;
    4. Ceric Bosiljka, daughter of father Sava, born on 12 April 1935 in D.Mocila, Municipality of Brod;
    5. Ceric Bogoijub, son of father Djordje and mother Milica, born on 2 January 1914 in D.Mocila;
    6. Bacic Milka, daughter of Petar, born on 2 January 1958 in Kostres, Municipality of Derventa;
    7. Bacic Risto, identification is underway;
    8. Bacic Nedeljko, son of father Petar, born on 2 February 1955 in Sijekovac;
    9. Ceric Tomislav, son of father Radivoje from D.Mocilo, other information unknown; 10.Kusljic Risto, son of father Nedeljko and mother Nevenka born on 16 August 1936 in D. Mocila;
    11.Kusljic Luka, son of father Dusan and mother Darinka, born on 28 October 1937 in D.Mocila;
    12. Rudez Ivan, son of father Mate born on 13 December 1913 in Poljica, Municipality of Vrgorac (Croatia);
    13. Sedlic Novak, from Sijekovac, identification is underway;
    14. Kusljic Dimitrije, son of father Ceda, identification is underway;
    15. Tomic Mara, daughter of father Pejo, born on 23 December 1930 in Sijekovac;
    16. Tomic Petar, identification and investigation is underway;
    17. Alic Mustafa, son of father Numan born on 26 April 1938 in Sijekovac;
    18. Kovacevic Mustafa, son of father Hasan, born on 5 June 1938 in Sijekovac;
    19. Milicic Slobodanka, daughter of father Nedjo and mother Mara, other information unknown.

    The suspects are under reasonable suspicion to have committed the criminal act of war crime and the first ethnic cleansing in Bosnia and Herzegovina that took plaec on 26 March in Sijekovac small village near city of Bosanski Brod (North Bosnia). They are charged of having killed the civilians, looted the valuables from their homes, setting them on fire or dynamiting them.

    In discharging the duties of chairmen of the self-styled ‘Crisis Committee’ of Bosanski Brod, Mr. Ivan Brzic and Mr. Armin Pohara helped arm and set up Muslim and Croatian paramilitary units in the territory of the municipality of Bosanski Brod. On 26 March 1992 the two of them planned and commanded a raid against the civilian population of Serb nationality in the village of Sijekovac, the municipality of Bosanski Brod, and for that purpose they invited the suspects Mr. Ante Prkacin and Mr. Rade Obradovic who come over, heading a large group of the HOS members and the regular Army of the Republic of Croatia from Slavonski Brod, city just over the river Sava from Bosanski Brod. The same day the said formation arrived in Sijekovac at about 4 p.m. and in coordination with the paramilitary Ustasha-Muslim unit of the so-called ‘Intervention Sqyad if Bosanski Brod’ which included also the other suspects, set siege to the village and opened fire at the houses of the villagers of Serb nationality from all weapons, They presented the Serbs hidden in the basements of the houses of the families of Zecevic and Bacic, who unlike all others had not managed to leave the village, an ultimatum at about 4:30 p.m. requsting them to hand over the arms they allegedly possessed and to leave the basements. Following the orders, women Stojanka Opacic, Marica Radanovic, Nedeljka Vasic, Miladinka Milosevic, Milka Zecevic, Ljubica Zecevic and Jelica Zecevic, children Marinka Opacic, Dragan Milosevic, Sasa Milosevic, Zeljko Milosevic, Goran Zecevic and men Vid Radanovic, Jovo Zecevic, Milan Zecevic, Vaso Zecevic, Petar Zecevic, Luka Milosevic and Sreto Milosevic left the basement of the house of the Zecevic family. The suspects ordered them to lie down, kicking them and beating them with riffle butts, threatening to rape the women and to kill all men and children cursing their Chetnik mothers. On that occasion, following the physical maltreatment, the suspects fired a number of riffle bursts and individual shots into, and killed Milan Zecevic, Vaso Zecevic, Petar Zecevic, Mirko Radanovic, Luka Milosevic and children Dragan Milosevic and Zeljko Milosevic.

    The suspect Mr. Zemir Kovacevic kicked Jovo Zecevic in his backside as he was leaving his courtyard at Kovacevic’s orders so that Jovo Zecevic fell on the asphalt on the street whereupon suspect Kovacevic pulled out a pistol and killed Jovo Zecevic from pint blank range.

    It is pointed out that the victims offered neither verbal nor physical resistance so that the killings were committed while they were lying on the ground face down.

    Following this massacre, the suspect killed Sreto Trifunovic in his room, and looted Serb houses in Sijekovac, setting fire to almost all of them (some 50 houses). The few survivors, men, women and children alike, were led to the building of the elementary school in Sijekovac, where they were imprisoned and detained illegally in inadequate rooms, and maltreated and threatened with slaughter. A few days later Jovo Zivkovic's son Branislav, witness to part of this massacre, and an undertaker from Derventa found the bodies of Branislav's three brothers Vaso, Petar and Milan Zecevic on a meadow in Bosanski Brod between the Hospital Center and Electrical Power Station and brought them to Prnjavor where the Investigating Judge Sava Misic and the Forensic Analyst Dr. Mirko Prodanovic carried an investigation and examined the corpses on 30 March 1992. It has been established that the corpse of Sreto Trifunovic was buried in the 41- courtyard of the house of Jefto Pjanic at Sijekovac, while the burial place of others is unknown. Complete documentation is available for each individual suspect and relevant witness depositions are registered under numbers 298-001, 298-002, 298-003, 298- 01 I and 28/189. During these raids all Serb sacral establishments were looted and demolished and the relevant documentation is kept by the War Crimes Expert Commission of the Republic of Srpska. Also available are the copies of the orders issued by the Croatian Ministry of Defence to its military to invade Bosnia and Herzegovina.

    It is important to note that all document’s which contain more than 6000 pages about Croatian aggression on the territory of Bosnia and Herzegovina supported with local Muslim is given to International ad hoc Tribunal for former Yugoslavia.
    Until today there is no respond from ICTY, and nobody are accused for the first crimes committed in Bosnia. Showing the fact who start the War in Bosnia many things will be different and today we can conclude why USA, Germany and other Western countries covered true.

  • REPORT ON ILLEGAL FINANCIAL ACTIVITIES AND TERRORISM

    08/09/2004 5:15:02 PM PDT · 1 of 2
    Darko
    REPORT ON ILLEGAL FINANCIAL ACTIVITIES AND TERRORISM FINANCING ON THE TERRITORY OF THE FEDERATION OF BOSNIA I HERZEGOVINA PART I/I/ABIHBQ – 08/2003 by JEAN-CHARLES BRISARD, LEAD INVESTIGATOR, 911 LAWSUIT :

    “Bosnian banks Vakufska Banka D.D. and Depozitna Banka D.D. have supported, facilitated and participated in terrorism financing on the territory of Bosnia Herzegovina. These banks were funded by two SDGT, Yasin Al Kadi and Chafiq Ayadi, along with a Saudi-controlled offshore company based in the Isle of Man, whose main shareholder is a member of the Saudi royal family, nephew of King Fahd and son of the Saudi Deputy Minister of Interior. Other shareholders of the banks have also supported terrorism in the past. The bank has provided financial support to several organizations acting as fronts for Al-Qaida, including Muwafaq Foundation, Al Haramain Islamic Foundation and the Saudi High Commission for Relief in Bosnia Herzegovina, some of which have already been designated as SDGT by the US Government.”

    In further text, we are going to let you know some details from this REPORT.

    “Vakufska Banka D.D. (aka Vakufska Bank) is registered in Sarajevo, Bosnia & Herzegovina, with an address at Ferhadija 2, 71000, Sarajevo, Tel: +387 71 470903, Fax: +387 71 2005971. The bank was founded in 1992 in Sarajevo, and is currently chaired by Amir Rizvanovic, serving as General Director. Vakufka Banka has 70 employees and maintains several branches in Bosnia & Herzegovina (Zenica, Mostar, Bihac…) and banking correspondents in several European countries (Italy, Germany, Belgium…).

    In 2002, Vakufska Banka reported a capital of 16.4 million KM ($9,300,000 US), while its total assets raise 55,920,000 KM ($28,670,000 US) for the same year.

    In August 2002 the Bosnian Federal Banking Agency authorized the merger of Vakufska Banka and Depozitna Banka.

    Depozitna Banka D.D. was a private bank owned by Yasin al Kadi (44.3%) and Mahmal Investments Company based in the Isle of Man (44.2%). The entity was under Bosnian and foreign investigation for years. The official documentation dated 2000 from Depozitna Banka D.D. , based in Vrazova 9, Sarajevo, shows that Yasin al Kadi was the first shareholder of the bank.

    The shareholding structure of Depositna Banka D.D., as of December 31, 2000 (Before merging with Vakufska Banka D.D.), was as follows:

    Name Percentage of shares held Yasin Kadi 44.3% Mahmal Invest Co Limited 44.2% BH Banka Sarajevo 2.4% BH Osiguranje 2.1% Centralexport Sarajevo 1.3%

    Since October 2001, Yasin al Kadi (aka Yassin Qadi, Yasin al-Qadi), 47, is labeled by the U.S. Treasury, as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist (SDGT) and his assets are frozen in the U.S. and Europe. Yasin al Kadi is at the center of various financings through his company “Qadi International” and financial activities in the Balkans.

    Even if he is still at large in Saudi Arabia, where he resides, Yasin al Kadi is one of the six directors of Muwafaq Humanitarian Organization, an organization that provided assistance to the Al-Qaida network. In June 1998, Yasin al Kadi is named in an FBI report on money laundering charges at the profit of Hamas, a terrorist organization.

    Muhammad, Chafiq Ayadi (Aka. Ayadi Shafiq, Ben Muhammad; Aka. Ayadi Chafik, Ben Muhammad; Aka. Aiadi, Ben Muhammad; Aka. Aiady, Ben Muhammad), (01/21/63 Safais, Tunisia) , took part in activities of Depozitna Banka and became in 1996 co-owner of Depozitna Banka in Sarajevo . Chafiq Ayadi is a Tunisian national but also holds Bosnian citizenship. Chafiq Ayadi was a business associate of Yasin al Kadi.

    Chairman of Muwafak Foundation in Zagreb, Croatia, Chafiq Ayadi is on the list of Specially Designated Global Terrorists, pursuant to Executive Order 13224. In April 1996, a sum of USD 500,000 was transferred to the SKB account of Bin Muhamad Chafiq Ayadi by a Saudi national, Salem Bin Mahfouz (believed to be Khalid Bin Salem Bin Mahfouz). Chafiq Ayadi became the majority owner of Depozitna Banka on July 27, 1995. Chafiq Ayadi accounts have been recently investigated by Croatian financial police on terrorism charges. While Chafiq Ayadi was the co-owner of Depozitna Banka, he transferred through the bank DM 2.5 million to the account of the Muwafaq Foundation. Furthermore, Chafiq Ayadi became also co-owner of Euroinvest D.O.O. in Sarajevo, which shared the same address as Depozitna Banka. The second co-owner of Euroinvest D.O.O. used to be Yasin al-Kadi, who was also co-owner of Depozitna Banka and became co-owner of Vakufska Banka . Chafiq Ayadi left Depozitna Banka in September 2000. He sold his shares to Yasin al Kadi. On March 30, 2001, the Banking Agency rescinded the Depozitna Banka’s permit, and the bank merged with Vakufska Banka. Euroinvest D.O.O., based in Bosnia with an address at Ulica Armije BH bb, 75264 Lukavac, was one of the most regular provider of Al Haramain Al Masjed Al Aqsa charitable foundation during the 2000-2001 period .

    Based on al-Kadi's previous shares in "Depozitna Banka", he should earn 20% of the shares of Vakufska Banka, nominally worth 3.2 million KM ($1,815,000 US). According to intelligence sources, Yasin al Kadi is still co-owner of Vakufska Banka through another Sarajevo front company. Indeed he was already the main shareholder into Depozitna Banka when the entity merged with Vakufska Banka. During years, Depozitna Banka and then, Vakufska Banka, were owned by Saudi businessman Yasin Al Kadi, under US investigation for terrorism charges and by a Saudi shadow company called Mahmal Investment Company, currently under Bosnian investigation by the FOSS, Financial Police and Federal Banking Agency.

    Moreover, according to the official registry of Vakufska Banka hareholders, El Tarik Oil D.O.O., an oil company based in Sarajevo, was also shareholder with 8% of Vakufska Banka capital in year 2000. Another documented report from the Bosnian Financial Police indicates in 2002 that El Tarik Oil D.O.O. is a regular provider for the Saudi High Commission and al Haramain al Aqsa foundation in Sarajevo , both involved in logistical support to al-Qaida. Finally, among the Vakufska Banka shareholders also stands a foundation called “Fondacija Bosnjaci Mostar” and “Rijaset Islamke Zajednice”, their shares are respectively 18% and 11% in year 2000 . Both foundations receive donations from abroad, and particularly from Saudi Arabia.

    Nezim Halilovic Muderis, director of Wakf Directorate of the BiH Islamic Community, responsible for these foundations, is a preacher at the Sarajevo King Fahd Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud Mosque. Rijaset Islamke Zajednice, or Islamic Community of Bosnia Herzegovina publishes the monthly “Preporod” (Renaissance). In one of its issues in May 1992, the newspaper stressed the “virtues of the Islamic warefare” to the fighters for the independent and multinational Bosnia and Herzegovina, advising them “to purify themselves so that they could feed on the Divine spring”. In the text entitled “We feel no fear”, Preporod gave these pieces of advice in a text which looks remarkably similar to Mohamed Atta’s last instructions to the September 11 hijackers:

    “Set out to the battle with pure intentions and full confidence in Allah - if you survive, you will become heroes; if you are killed, you will be martyrs, otherwise - you will lose both and be humiliated; if possible, start off with ablutions, but always with God's name in your heart and on your lips; you must never leave unwashed (after nocturnal emission or marital intercourse) for such person could cause adversity both to himself and others; during your assault at or confrontations with the enemy, utter the cries "Allah ekber!"; if possible, carry the Koran with you”.

    The shareholding structure of Vakufska Banka for years 2000 (before merger) and 2001 (post merger) was the following (note that total percentage does not equal 100%) :

    Name % of shares in 2000 % of shares in 2001 Individual investors 29% 36.6% Mahmal Investment Co Limited - 21.1% Fondacija Bosnjaci Mostar 18% 8.8% Finance Ministry 74% 6.9% Rijaset Islamske Zajednice BiH 11% 5.1% Tarik El Oil d.o.o. Sarajevo 8% -

    “According to a sworn statement filed by FBI Special Agent Robert Wright, BMI “had receive financing from [Yassin Kadi] and United States designated HAMAS terrorist [Musa abu Marzook].” In October 2001, the U.S. Treasury Department froze the assets of Yassin Kadi and listed him as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist, citing his financial support for Al-Qaeda through a “relief” organization called Muwafaq, or Blessed Relief. Agent Wright had initially investigated BMI as part of an ongoing Hamas fundraising investigation in the United States. According to an Affidavit filed by Wright, Yassin Kadi put up $820,000 for a real estate deal structured to funnel proceeds to Hamas operative Mohammed Salah. ” And : “But by then, it was hardly a secret that BIF was involved in more than just charitable activities. The entity openly advertised itself in its Arabic-language fundraising appeals as a “trustworthy hand for the support of [both] the mujahideen and refugees” in Bosnia. Similarly, documents taken from BIF’s U.S.-based offices in December 2001 included handwritten Arabic notations explaining that its headquarters in Croatia was established “for relief operations and support of jihad in Bosnia-Herzegovina… Contribute with your mujahideen brothers to repel the Crusader-Zionist attack on Muslim lands.” Another handwritten note found in Illinois by investigators revealed BIF’s supreme “unwritten law”: “no matter how poor/sick – first priority is for mujahideen.” The raid of BIF’s Illinois office also turned up a number of other documents directly related to the war in Bosnia: a receipt dated July 21. 1994. from the “Black Swans” Bosnian Muslim commando brigade for 300 blankets and 200 pairs of boots obtained from BIF; a receipt from the BiH army dated June 3. 1994. for 2.000 uniforms, 2.000 pairs of shoes, and ten “mass communication stations” donated by BIF to “this military unit”; a request dated December 31.1994. from the Bosnian military for a combat ambulance (later delivered as promised in January 1995);and, a memorandum to BIF director Enaam Arnaout dated November 17.1995. describing the recent contribution of 200 tents to the Muslim army. In an interview conducted in 1992, BIF founder Adel Batterjee denied that his brainchild was actively encouraging its employees to aid or join the militant mujahideen operating in the Balkans; however, he also nonetheless added, “if a relief worker decides that he wants to join the fighting forces, we would not stop him.” ”

  • Al-Qaida-Osama bin Laden’s Technological Bosnian Balkan Bridge Linking it to America

    08/09/2004 5:12:13 PM PDT · 1 of 1
    Darko
    Osama bin Laden’s Technological Bosnian Balkan Bridge Linking it to America and Abroad from Bosnia and Herzegovina In 1995, bin Laden and other members of Al-Qaeda began acquiring a network of satellite telephones to avoid detection. They also underwent and received sophisticated computer training. Since 1996 it is known that they have been capable of forwarding terrorist information about their ongoing Jihad (or holy war) to Al-Qaeda members worldwide. And then by 1997 Al-Qaeda was so sophisticated, they were frequently communicating with encryption devices able to evade many of the most advanced intercepts. The group even had certain Muslim members who specialized in making false passports and in also allowing Al-Qaeda members to travel freely around the world under a variety of different false identifies according to trial evidence . The Al-Qaeda network is also horizontally widespread globally. According to some indicators, its tentacles stretch even as far as South America and also even into Australia. In addition to using the Internet for exchanging information, orders and instructions, it is further suspected that Al-Qaeda has tried operating computer systems against the United States NSA global surveillance system Echelon . Documents found recently have cast a new light on the financial infrastructure of Al-Qaeda as well as its terrorist training cells including its using weaponry of mass destruction. There is also recent reasonable suspicion that Osama bin Laden could reach more easily then had been previously been thought, nuclear "dirty" bombs and similar styed nuclear weapons of mass destruction, particularly those sodl to him from probable Iran. Mamdouh Salim, a key Bin Laden associate who authorized, Fatwahs or (Islamic legal rulings justifying attacks) by al Qaida against civilians even admitted participating in such efforts as to try obtaining certain nuclear and chemical weapons for Al-Qaeda. This person also even tried to murder a corrections officer in a Federal Jail located in New York State while awaiting trial for his alleged participation in a conspiracy to kill American nationals. Several months prior his arrest in Germany, Salim is known to have traveled to Bosnia in 1998 where both his VISA and needed housing was sponsored by the "Benevolence International Foundation "—A so-called charitable organization based in Palos Hills, Ill and recently closed by the FBI under accusations that this charity engaged in supporting various key terrorist persons and Al-Qaeda groups that are involved in military and terrorist types of activity. . The Al-Qaeda network has been carefully constructed for many years, especially in the United States. Everything that could not be done by the variant intelligence services of Islamic countries, who regard the United States as their worst enemy (Iran in particular) was done in a roundabout way by destroying the basic tenets of American democracy, by using human naiveté, strong emotions in addition to using propaganda to instigate great American compassion for Islamic sufferings abroad, especially within Palestine. Humanitarian NGOs were also carefully established by leaders of Al-Qaeda in all the major United States cities. A group of Iranians arrested in 2001 at the Los Angeles International Airport had collected between five and ten thousand U.S. dollars daily for so-called assisting the suffering Iranian children.

    According to the FBI, this money was collected for not charitable, but for purely terrorist purposes. Moreover, the United Nations has allowed many Al-Qaeda terrorists to masquerade under a cloak of decency by actually providing the terrorist agency with actually cold-hard cash, which could then thereafter be used to fund variant terrorist crimes. The United Nations donated money to Muwafaq for so-called "Promoting educational and social development programmers…" in Sudan. The U.N. also donated more than $1.4 million U.S. Dollars to a consortium of Islamic Charities working in the Sudan in 1997. One of which was the Muwafaq meaning in the true Arabic, "Blessed relief foundation." According to U.N. Treasury officials, the charity was used by Al-Qaeda cells in order to transfer literally millions of dollars to Bin Laden. The United States Treasury itself strongly believes the wealthy Islamic businessman Yasin al-Qadi set up the initial charity. Then it was close during an initial post Spetember 11th crackdown after the terrorist attacks upon tht two World Trade Center buildings. During the September 11th plane attacks on the World Trade Center buildings it was elucidated that Al-Qadi's assets were among those frozen by the Treasury for possessing alleged links to terrorism .

  • Bosnian Official Links With Terrorism, Including 9/11

    08/07/2004 2:59:01 PM PDT · 1 of 1
    Darko
    Bosnian Official Links With Terrorism, Including 9/11, Become Increasingly Apparent as Clinton, Clark Attempt to Justify Support of Bosnian Militants A series of documents, just acquired by GIS/Defense & Foreign Affairs Daily, highlight the links between radical Islamists in key positions in the Government of Bosnia-Herzegovina (BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA) and known and suspected Islamists with terrorist links. Significantly, one of the key Bosnian Islamist officials, Huso (he later called himself Hussein) Zivalj, was BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA Ambassador to the United Nations during the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on New York. He arrived just before the attacks and left the post shortly thereafter. It is now becoming increasingly clear that the movement of Zivalj to the New York post just before (and his departure just after) the September 11, 2001, attacks was not coincidental. Significantly, the clarity of the links between the Bosnian Islamists and anti-US terrorism is now becoming apparent at a time when former US President William Clinton and his former military appointee and Supreme Allied Commander Europe (SACEUR), Gen. Wesley Clark (now a Democratic Party presidential aspirant for the US 2004 elections), have begun moves to justify their military support for Bosnian and Kosovo Islamists in moves which will almost certainly lead to a new wave of ethnic division in BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA and in neighboring Serbia. [See Defense & Foreign Affairs Daily, September 8, 2003: US Official Implicated With Bosnian High Representative Ashdown in Attempting to Force Fabricated Report on Srebrenica.] Zivalj had earlier — between 1992 and 1995 — been BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA Ambassador to Vienna, Austria. At that time, he approved a significant number of visas and passports to radical Islamists of non-Bosnian origin. He then went on to be Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, the most senior Muslim position in the Ministry. He maintained a constant shuttle during his time as Deputy Minister from Sarajevo to Vienna, the United States and a number of Arab countries. He ensured that the Vienna Embassy became a key location for ongoing support of radical Islamists, and a wide range of visas and passports were granted to non-Bosnians in the time following his own term there as Ambassador. A list of visas approved for Muslims at the Embassy between 1997 and February 2001 appears below as Appendix (i). Significantly, Zivalj, who is regarded as the most important radical Islamist in the BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA networks, working closely with al-Qaida and Iranian terrorist officials, has a US Green Card (permanent residency), and his family is believed to be living still in Florida. Zivalj now is believed to be a director of Islamic Bank, in BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA. He spent some time, during the communist era in the former Yugoslavia, in prison with Alija Izetbegovic, who later became the Islamist President of BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA. Significantly, Zivalj used his position in Vienna to issue, in 1995, a BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA passport to Safet Catovic [Passport No. BH-46600], and GIS/Defense & Foreign Affairs Daily has the documentation on this. Earlier, he had issued a BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA passport to Osama bin Laden, head of the al-Qaida networks. Zivalj had been a Vice-President and member of the governing board of the Third World Relief Agency (TWRA), which had been funded by Osama bin Laden, and with which Sheikh Omar Abd-al-Rahman (the so-called “blind sheikh”) was involved. The Egyptian Sheikh Omar was convicted for his rôle in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing in New York. TWRA was founded in Vienna in 1987 and had links with the Izetbegovic Government in Bosnia-Herzegovina as well as with Dr Hassan al-Turabi and his terrorist operations in Sudan. Yossef Bodansky’s seminal work, Some Call it Peace: Waiting for War in the Balkans (ISSA, 1996), noted: “In mid-January 1996, the Islamist leadership released a sermon of Sheikh Omar Abd-al-Rahman made on the eve of his sentencing (for his leadership rôle in the Islamist terrorist networks in New York in 1993). This sermon stressed the centrality of Bosnia and the Islamist cause and specifically threatened the US with terrorism in retaliation.” When Zivalj became Ambassador to the UN in January 2001, he secretly and illegally gave special UN status to Catovic in New York, giving him the status and UN yellow pass [red passes are for attachés and other diplomats, up to first secretary; yellow is reserved for the Ambassador or Permanent Representative (PR) or Deputy Permanent Representative (DPR)]. This allowed him free access to the UN buildings. Zivalj kept this appointment secret, largely because it was illegal. Even under BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA laws, the post of DPR was reserved exclusively for Croats or Serbs in the event that the Ambassador (PR) was a Muslim. Catovic’s UN pass was known to be due to expire in October 2003 [ie: it was current at the time of this GIS report]. It is important to note that the background of Catovic is not clear. He may not (in fact, is probably not) Bosnian by origin, having obtained his passport outside the country (in Vienna). Catovic, using his UN cover, acted as spokesman for two radical Islamist groups in the US; both groups were later shut down by the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). Significantly, Catovic has not been declared as a diplomat to the US State Department. It is understood that he has either a US Green Card or US citizenship. Before obtaining his UN cover, Catovic worked in the US. Given his known connections with the radical Islamist organizations, it has been suggested that he was involved with a number of Islamist training organizations which operated in New Jersey, on private property close to Trenton and Clifton. These organizations participated in Zima 94-95 (Winter 94-95), which was labeled as an humanitarian operation, but which in reality was an operation initiated by Zivalj to provide logistical support for the Bosnian Muslim Army and foreign jihadists fighting in BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA against Serbs. This operation, in which Catovic was specifically listed [with his telephone number at the time: 908-874-8434] as one of the representatives, was specifically designed to provide all logistical support except weapons. As well, the operation was designed to funnel monies to public relations organizations to ensure that the Muslims were presented during the operations — which included the military operations in and around Srebrenica — in a positive light. One of the funds with which Catovic was linked was The Global Medical Relief Fund, which actually gave its address as that of the BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA Mission to the UN: 866 United Nations Plaza, Suite 585, New York, NY 10017. The use of legation offices for private charities is in itself a violation of the Vienna Convention governing diplomatic missions. [This particular data from Islamic Fundamentalists’ Global Network and Modus Operandi: Model Bosnia study, produced by the Documentation Centre of Republic of Srpska, Bureau of Government of RS for Relations With ICTY (International Criminal Tribunal for Yugoslavia), September 2002. (hereinafter referred to as “Model Bosnia Study”).] Catovic was also linked as a spokesman to Benevolence International Foundation, based in Palos Hills (Chicago), Illinois, in the US. BIF was founded Enaam (or Ennam) Arnaout to raise funds for various causes, many linked to terrorism. In November 2002, the US Treasury designated BIF and two closely-linked groups as “financiers of terrorism”, and blocked the organizations’ accounts. In February 2003, Enaam Arnaout pleaded guilty to racketeering charges. [See Defense & Foreign Affairs Daily, July 7, 2003: Al-Qaida-linked Terrorist Operations Escalate in Bosnia as US, International Officials Turn a Blind Eye.] Catovic also organized a “Summer jihad camp in Pennsylvania” only a month before the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. Importantly, one of Catovic’s interlocutors was Imam Siraj Wahaj, the spiritual father of the first (1993) attack on the New York World Trade Center. [Ref. “Model Bosnia Study”.] Also listed as a key participant in Zima 94-95 was the BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA Consul-General in New York, Cemalovic Asim, who remains in New York, even though his duty was supposed to expire in 2001. Despite being replaced as Consul-General in 2001, he remained in the mission. His telephone number, listed in the Zima 94-95 documents, was shown as the BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA Mission to the UN [212-751-9015], not the consular number.

    Catovic was believed to have been paid a secret salary while in New York, and the BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA Mission to the UN paid his healthcare insurance until January 2002. The Bosnian-Serb First Secretary of the BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA Mission to the UN after Zivalj left the post, discovered the fact that Catovic had the UN “yellow badge” and was using the UN as a cover. He also discovered the use of the Mission as a cover for the “charities”. He then raised the matter with the new Ambassador, Mirza Kusljugic. Within two days of reporting these facts, he was dismissed from the post. As a result, Catovic remains “protected” by BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA Ambassador to the UN Kusljugic, who took over the post after Zivalj. Significantly, Kusljugic was in the military presidency of the city of Tuzla during the war, and in 1992, during his term in Tuzla, military and mujahedin units under the control of the Presidency of which he was a member killed at least 200 captives from the then-Yugoslav Army (JNA). Kusljugic went on, subsequently, to participate in the preparatory commission for the International Criminal Court (ICC), which was subsequently to be used to attempt to bring United States officials under its authority. The “Model Bosnia Study” noted of Kusljugic: “As a member of [the] Military Presidency [of] SDP [Social Democratic Party] Tuzla and member of [the] Military Presidency of the city of Tuzla, Mirza Kusljugic contributed with his treatments and actions to ethnical cleansing of Serbs and other un-Moslem population in [the] Tuzla region. Number of Serbian citizens depopulates from 22,000 in 1991 to 2,000 in 1995. ... he participated in making [the] decision on prohibition of Serb return to Tuzla, 1992. ...Mirza Kusljugic participated [in the] planning of attack on JNA convoy that was according to an agreement to leave Tuzla peacefully on 15 May 1992. On that occasion more than 200 officers and privates of former JNA were massacred. During the war, Mirza Kusljugic had directly cooperated with TWRA from Vienna. ... Mirza Kusljugic was engaged [in] misinformation and spreading [a] fake picture about [the] civil war in Bosnia and Herzegovina. As member of military headquarters, Mirza Kusljugic is responsible for crimes committed by units in which complement were mujahedins-Islamic fundamentalists, warrior of jihad.” Equally, given the background of ambassadors Kusljugic and Jivalj, the original BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA Ambassador to the UN, Muhamed Sacirbegovic, who also served as Foreign Minister for the Izetbegovic Government, was reported by GIS sources to have brought in substantial amounts of cash, using diplomatic privilege, to the US to use to fund Islamist causes. Significantly, he allegedly appropriated some $2.5-million+ of the illegal funds for himself, causing the BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA Ministry of Internal Affairs to request that Interpol issue an international arrest warrant for Mr Sacirbegogic. He was dismissed as Ambassador in 2000, but allegedly still lives in the US. Sacirbegovic’s actions merely highlighted the fact that substantial funds were being transferred to Islamist movements using the BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA diplomatic cover. Much of the new material unearthed by GIS remains to be translated, but this work is underway. The attached appendices, however, give some idea of the extent of the use of diplomatic channels of BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA by the Islamists to provide visas and passports to radical Islamists. GIS has a copy of an instruction from former BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA President Izetbegovic — a radical Islamist, who met several times with Osama bin Laden, and who pointedly represented only the Islamists in the new country, not the moderate Muslim community, nor the Croats or Serbs — in which he instructs Muslim ambassadors from BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA to give passports to anyone who would support his cause. These actions, quite apart from supporting international terrorism, directly polarized the new, delicately-balanced multi-ethnic state of BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA. [One case, cited below in Appendix (iii), is an application for passport by an individual listed as Abdulkarim Meslat, in which he said: “I hereby state that I feel as a citizen [italics added] of the Republic of BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA, that I am prepared to obey the Constitution, laws and other regulations of the Republic of BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA, practice all the rights and obligations of a citizen of Republic of BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA, and protect the sovereignty and integrity of the Republic of BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA and its reputation in the international community. This statement is a freely given expression of my loyalty to the Republic of BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA, and desire to become a citizen of the Republic BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA.” Within this framework, apart from the links between the BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA officials and the original bombers of the New York World Trade Center in 1993, five of the known terrorist attackers on the US in 2001 had direct links through and with Bosnia, and literally all were supported by Bosnian-linked Islamist “charities”. The significance of the placement of Amb. Zivalj in New York in the brief period leading up to the September 11 attacks, and his departure shortly thereafter also cannot be overlooked. Nor can the links between the bin Laden and Iranian terrorist organizations with the Bosnian Islamists and the 1993 bombers who — as Yossef Bodansky pointed out in 1996 — promised terrorist retaliation against the US. Despite the clear warnings during the 1990s, however, the US Clinton Administration supported and encouraged the radical Islamists who were bent on attacking the US.

    14-1. Excerpts from report in English by the Croatian news agency HINA Sarajevo, 24th September: The most wanted terrorist in the world, [Osama] Bin Laden, was issued a Bosnia-Hercegovina passport, Sarajevo weekly `Dani'says in the issue which hit the news stands on Thursday [24th September]. Laden was issued a Bosnian passport by the Bosnian embassy in Vienna in 1993, the source maintains. According to `Dani', the Bosnian Foreign Ministry was seized by panic when Mehrez Aodouni, another Bosnian passport bearer, was arrested in Istanbul on 9th September. What ensued was the destruction of all documents which might connect Bosnian Muslim authorities with the outlawed Saudi millionaire. Bin Laden allegedly obtained the Bosnian passport when the Bosnian Muslim side was making desperate attempts to collect financial assistance from Western and Arabic countries for the defence of the country. During the Bosnian war, Vienna was considered the most important Western destination where to obtain logistic support necessary for the defence of the country. Source: HINA news agency, Zagreb, in English 1000 gmt 24 Sep 99 Main Muslim party says Bin Ladin associate obtained passport as Bosnian soldier.

    14-2. Text of report in English by Bosnian news agency Onasa web site Sarajevo, 23rd September: The Party of Democratic Action (SDA) [Bosnia's main Muslim party, led by Bosnian Presidency member Alija Izetbegovic] said on Thursday [23rd September] that terrorist Mehrez Audouni, arrested on 9th September in Istanbul, obtained the BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA citizenship and passport as member of the BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA Army and not as a person registered as a criminal. "Audouni was member of the BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA Army from 1993 to 1995 and the warrant arrest by the Italian Interpol was announced after the mentioned date, on 1st April 1999" Jahic said. According to Jahic, it is unacceptable and immoral for SDA that the case is instrumentalized with the aim of discrediting BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA authorities and the entire Bosniak [Muslim] politics. "One intends to give a negative presentation of BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA and its aims in this way. Audouni also woke up the latent Islam-phobia which lives in particular structures of the BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA political and public life," Jahic said. "The Bosniak side immediately showed readiness and appointed persons who will participate in the work of the commission for investigating the issue. We do not know why neither Croat nor Serb representatives did not do the same," Jahic said. Source: Onasa news agency web site, Sarajevo, in English 23 Sep 99

    14-3. Appendix (i): Visas Granted to Muslims at BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA Embassy, Vienna, October 1997-February 2001 1. Imad Fayrouz El-Hamaoui - 18 April, Lebanon PI 0340903 visa issued 22-28 October 1997 2. Khelili Mohamed – 5 March 1953, Algeria Diplomatic Passport D0004663, visa issued 23 January - 23 July 1998 3. Jandali M. Murhaf - 12 December 1965, Syria PI 2539185, visa issued 4 February - 4 March 1998 4. Amrmouti Sirsa M. – 1950, Jordan Diplomatic Passport 005441, visa issued 10 March – 10 September 1998 5. Amjuti Mazen, 1950, Jordan Diplomatic PI 005440, visa issued 10 March – 10 September 1998 6. Dadoukh Mohamed – 1941 PI H521131, visa issued 30 March – 30 April 1998 7. Nouridine Fath El Khair – 24 December 1964, Morocco PI H809824 visa issued 30 March – 30 April 1998 8. Mohame Abdelati – 11 September 1955, Egypt PI 5044525, visa issued 6 May – 11 May 1998 9. Raza Nadeem – 2 August 1970, Pakistan PI 003263, visa issued 2-31 July 1998 10. Mohamed Elasoud – 11. September 1955, Egypt PI 5044525, visa issued 10-13 August 1998 11. Farhat Ireille Antoun – 15 November 1954, Lebanon DPI [1] 1201690, visa issued 2-5 September 1998 (private visit) 12. Naoufal Halim Khazen – 1948, Lebanon DPI 0137983, visa issued 2-5 [September?] 1998 (private visit) 13. Al Faom Ghazi – 14 March 1962, Jordan DPI 005682, visa issued 4 September – 4 December 1998 (official) 14. Dananatta Liyanage Chandradasa – 17 February 1939, Sri Lanka Visa issued 18-28 September 1998 15. Muneeb Hassan Mohammed – 24 February 1966 PI 0847507/57, visa issued 10 October – 30 December 1998 (private) 16. Elafi Mustafa – 15 September 1937, Libya PI675157, visa issued 5-11 October 1998 17. Abdulmogni Hasan – 15 April 1973, Yemen PI 0135314, visa issued 1 November - 31 December 1998 18. Kugeprasahatam Sivapragasam-10 March 1960, Sri Lanka PI M1490594, visa issued 23 February – 15 August 199[] (gratis visa though not DPI) 19. Hadjnoukhal Mohamed – 1955, Morocco PI K094754, visa 24. February - 24 March 1999 20. Bakri Dalati – 20 April 1964, Syria PI 392278, visa 28 March – 28 April 1999 21. Draia Abdelmadjid – 26 March 1952, Algeria DPI 0001181, visa 10 May – 10 November 1999 22. Saadi Abdellatif – 14. January 1953, Morocco DPI A001168, visa 10 May – 10 November 1999 23. Sakander Javad – 2 February 1965, Pakistan PI 982367, visa 28 May – 28 June 1999 24. El Sayed Mohamed – 24 April 1946, Egypt PI 10162230, visa 14. June – 14 July 1999 25. Sardar Javed - 18 March 1968, Pakistan PI F069384, visa 25 June – 25 July 1999 26. Mokadem Ghayas Knalona – 26. June 1970, Lebanon PI 1136123, visa 10 July – 1 September 1999 27. Raza Nadem – 2 July 1970, Pakistan PI A761462, visa 6-16 August 1999 28. Kazi Mustack Ahmed – 22 July 1979, Bangladesh PI 0144193, visa 27 July – 27 August 1999 29. Unus Hussain – 10 March 1970, Bangladesh PI M027739, visa 27 July – 27 August 1999 30. Monaj Mohananda – 5 March 1970, Bangladesh PI 358629 visa 27 July – 27 August 1999 31. Mizanur Rahman – 23 August 1972, Bangladesh PI 358629, [2] visa 27 July – 27 August 1999 32. Masud Rana – 7 November 1965, Bangladesh PI 363914, visa 27 July – 27 August 1999 33. Monsin Hazi Abdul – 1 March 1973, Bangladesh PI 568192, visa 27 July – 27 August 1999 34. Marty Adani – 23 March 1970, Indonesia PI 446097, visa 30 July – 30 August 1999 35. Uttam Kumar – 1 January 1970, Bangladesh PI 0777177, visa 7 August – 7 September 1999 36. Batchu Abul Hasem – 9 May 1968, Bangladesh PI 0585838, visa 7 July – 7 August 1999 37. Khander Sofiul Alam- 7 May 1965, Bangladesh PI 0583436, visa 7 July – 7 August 1999 38. Rafiqul Haque – 14. October 1970, Bangladesh PI 0005362, visa 7 July – 7 August 1999 39. A. H. Pinto – 10 may 1968, Bangladesh PI 0307644, visa 7 July – 7 August 1999 40. Yaseen Youst – 1 January 1962, Iraq PI 0042256, visa 13 September 1999 – 3 January 2000 41. Murhaf Jandali – 12 December 1965, Syria PI 3437730, visa 8 September – 8 December 1999 42. Khelili Mohamed - 5 March 1952, Algeria PI D0355991, official visa 24 September 1999 – 24 March 2000 [diplomat] 43. Hassan Mohammed Muneeb - 24 February 1966, Iraq PI 0847507, visa 12 November 1999 - 12 May 2000 44. Mowad Joussef – 9 December 1963, Egypt PI 822090, visa 28 December 1999 - 12 January 2000 45. Wasan M. Abbas – 24 June 1971, Iraq PI 1000554, visa 25 January – 25 July 2000 46. Hussain Syed Atif – 1 September 1986, Pakistan PI A103350, visa 17 May – 17 August 2000 47. Hussain Syed Asif – 26 December 1987, Pakistan PI A103349, visa 17 May – 17 August 2000 48. Waseeq Talat – 28 July 1959, Pakistan PI A103348, visa 17 May – 17 August 2000 49. Klelili Mohamed – 5 March 1952, Algeria DPI 0006178, visa 10 July 2000 – 10 January 2001 (official) 50. Jasem A.M. Al Masri – 28 February 1952, Jordan PI 477238, visa 1 August 2000 – 1 February 2001 51. Kanim Ahmad Jussein – 5 February 1961, Iraq PI 082753, visa 3-31 August 2000 52. Raza Nadeem – 2 August 1970, Pakistan PI A761462, visa 30 August – 30 September 2000 53. Tepe Erdal – 1 January 1971, Turkey PI ROO150478, visa 4-13 September, 2000 54. Sultan Afsar – 1 April 1958, Pakistan PI 097455, visa 27 September – 27 December 2000 55. Amjad Shahzad – 28 October 1972, Pakistan PI 161693, visa 30 October -15 November 2000 56. Mohammad Ishthaq – 11 September 1965, Pakistan PI FOO6533, visa 30 October -15 November 2000 57. Hussein Abdallah Aoun – 18 December 1943, Lebanon PI 1140280, visa 3-17 November 2000 58. Ra Ed Mahmoud Mohammad Abu Yousef – 12 January 1973, Jordan Pi T010085, visa 13 November -13 May 2001 59. Hamza Michel – 1 February 1976, Lebanon PI 1568498, visa 20 December 2000 – 20 February 2001 [1] Code for “Diplomatic Passport” (tr.) [2] Identical to previous passport number! (NB- tr.)

    14-4. Appendix (ii): Embassy of BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA, Vienna EMB-AT-VIE Number: 203-02-1840-1/00 Vienna, 24 August 2000.

    To Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Bosnia-Herzegovina, Sarajevo Subject: Omar Hatib [sic], verification of decision’s authenticity, information – relayed Re: Your memo number MFA-BA-VPP-18021-03-11759/2000 dated 22 August 2000. Following the instructions from your memo, date and number referenced above,we inspected the documentation in the possession of the Embassy and established that the decision #564/95 dated 25 December 1995, granting BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA citizenship to Omar Habit [sic], son of Sufijan [sic], born 15 July 1975, is authentic. The entire documentation related to this case is at this Embassy. Because of a clerical error, the name of Mr. Hatib was left out from the list earlier submitted to the MFA. On this occasion, we are also sending you the complete list of persons granted BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA citizenship by this Embassy. Respectfully, Prof. Dr. Emina Keco-Isakovic, Ambassador

    [signed] Attachments: List

    14-5. List of Citizenship Requests 11 July 1994, B002B702.PSK Family Name Given Name Name of Parent Date of birth Place of birth Residence (in BH) Gashi Agim Ahmet 1/7/73 Krusevac Pec Shkelzen Humaj Shefket 2/15/73 Babaloc Djakovica Zekaj Enver Mustafa 11/25/69 Novo Selo Pec Prlajkaj Lorenc Jako 9/27/64 Pec Klina Avni Uka Rifat 9/4/60 Donje Zabare K. Mitrovica Seljimi Fadil Fejzulah 3/7/71 Kacybeg Podujevo Kodzodziku Nedim Harun 9/1/56 Velesta Struga Zeka Kimet Isa 3/30/80 Pristina Pristina Messali Ferkovic Sadia - 8/23/54 Casablanca, Morocco Morocco Huranc Salem Abass 12/10/70 Duhaq, Iraq Duhaq, Iraq Zekovic Becir Feho 6/21/48 Dobrinje Bijelo Polje Istrefaj Gezim Salih 9/2/75 Pec Decani Masroni Bekim Becir [illegible] Mrasar Orahovac Translator’s note: The list contains one Moroccan, one Iraqi, and one Muslim living in Bijelo Polje (Sandzak, Serbia); all others are Albanians – 9 from Kosovo, one from Macedonia (Struga). With the exception of Isa Zeka and Becir Zekovic, all are of military age.

    14-6. Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Sarajevo Number [handwritten] 5794/95 Date: [handwritten] 11/24/1995 Subject: Response to your memorandum # 08-02-11856/95 dated 10/28/1995 Regarding your memorandum (reference number above) we inform you of the following: per our decision 105/93, dated 10/19/1993, Mr. Attar Ahmed, citizen of Syria, was issued a Republic of BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA travel document (#BH-479474) after he paid the proper consular fee, according to regulations at the time. On 12/12/1993, all the requests for citizenship up to that point were sent to you, at your request, by diplomatic post. After we received from you the Instructions regarding practical implementation of BH citizenship admission procedures dated 6/28/1994, we sent you a list of all citizenship requests processed by our Embassy and Consulate (our document #06.1548/94), and those lists were again given to Mr. Mirica during his control visit, and personally taken to Sarajevo. Since we were not receiving decision from you regarding the new requests, to which the new regulations were applicable, and which we had been sending to you regularly, we assumed that you would legitimize the RBOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA citizenship cases resolved here on an individual basis, after the receipt of travel document renewal requests. According to then-valid Decree with Legal Standing regarding the citizenship of the R BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA, the DKPs [N.B.: diplomatic/consular offices] could issue decisions based on conditions specified therein. Given the existence of such a decree, and the fact that the entire procedure of issuing travel documents for the specified persons was handled by the DKPs, we consider it enough for you to perform the legalization and entry into the R BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA citizenship rolls based on the lists we have attached (then, as well as now); we would charge the administrative fees upon the issuance of travel documents. This way, we can avoid putting the applicants into position, yet again, to lose status in the countries of residence and therefore face deportation. Ambassador, Mr. Huso [sic] Zivalj [signed]

    14-7. List of foreign citizens (including children) granted citizenship of BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA between 1992 and 1995 by the Embassy of BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA in Vienna

    Serial No. Family and Given Name Country of Origin 4 Abbes, Karim Algeria 6 Al-Halbi, Mohamed Ziad Syria 12 Arifi, Iskender Turkey 19 Ashraf, Shukri Nada Jordan 32 Bas, Sedat Turkey 65 Bushnaq, Yaser Jordan 84 Dash, Ahmed Rijad Syria 116 Fdhila, Radhia Tunisia 146 Hasan, Ahmed Mahmod Jordan 171 Hakmi, Mohammed Sharif Syria 173 Hatib, Omar Syria 187 Ibrahim, Ali Jordan 192 Jiha, Muhamedvahid Syria 201 Kurtoglu, Munir Turkey 224 Khalil Badija Saudi Arabia 341 Sokullu, Jusuf Turkey Translator’s Note: There are 372 names on the list. The ones translated were the above-listed individuals of Middle-Eastern origin. Most others are Muslims and Albanians from Yugoslavia (Sandzak, Kosovo) and Macedonia. Original document spelling has been preserved.

    14-8. List of Applications for REPUBLIC OF BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA Citizenship issued the REPUBLIC OF BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA travel documents

    1. Jusic Munir BH-[number missing] (at request of SDA Zagreb and TWRA) 2. Sadovic Senad BH-072749 (recommended by TWRA) 3. Sadovic Sead (300937)* BH-076166 (recommended by TWRA, because of his work for Bosnia) 80. Dash Ahmed Riad BH-203730 [handwritten] (Bosnian wife, studied and worked in Bosnia) 81. Mohamed Ziad Al-Halbi [missing] (same as above) 82. Awig Hasan [missing] (same as above) 83. Ibrahim Ali BH-204174 [handwritten] (same as above) 84. Attar Ahmed BH-479474 [handwritten] (same as above) 115. Abbas Kerim [missing] (Bosnian wife) 123. Sokullu Jusuf [missing] (Bosnian wife) * This number was handwritten next to the name (N.B)

    14-9. Appendix (iii) Republic of Bosnia-Herzegovina Ministry of Internal Affairs [MIA] Security Services Center Sarajevo Number: 19/05-1-200-142 Date: 22 August 1995 Based on Article 12 of the Birth Registry Books Act (“BH Official Gazette number 20/92), and Article 202 Section 1 of the Transferring the Law on General Administrative Procedures Act in BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA (“BH Official Gazette” number 2/92), in official proceedings regarding the application for addition to the Birth Registry Books for BEN AYADA FAOUZI , the Security Services Center Sarajevo issues this D E C I S I O N Approving that the Center municipality birth registry books, maintained for the city of Sarajevo, add to their records the name of BEN AYADA FAOUZI, male, born 23 October 1962 in EL SEM, TUNISIA, citizen of RBOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA, of father SALEM and mother SELMA. Date of birth will be registered as 23 October 1962, and the place of birth EL SEM, TUNISIA. EXPLANATION The BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA Ministry of Internal Affairs, through its act 07/2-204-2072 dated 15 August 1995, has notified this Center that BEN AYADA FAOUZI received RBOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA citizenship by the MIA Decision 07/2-204-2072 on 5 August 1995, hence his application was resolved as indicated above per Article 12 of the Birth Registry Books Act (“BH Official Gazette number 20/92). This Decision can be appealed to the BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA MIA headquarters in Sarajevo, at the expense of 600 BH dinars in administrative fees following Schedule Two of the Fees and Administrative Taxes of the Republic Act (“BH Official Gazette” number 24/92, 6/94 and 13/94), and must be received at this Center within 8 days of receipt of the Decision.

    Attention: 1. Named 2. Registrar, Center municipality 3. File Section Superintendent Mirsada Beganovic-Zutic [signed] [stamped with official seal] (Attachment: photocopy of passport E986991, issued to Ben Ayada Faouzi-b-Salem, student, Tunisian nationality, expired 15. June 1993)

    14-10. [Document: Form #4, printed by the REPUBLIC OF BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA Embassy in Vienna] [portion of document obscured by what appears to be an Austrian banking receipt] Date: 16 August 1996 REQUEST FOR ISSUANCE/EXTENSION OF TRAVEL DOCUMENT OR ISSUANCE OF VISA [handwritten] 685139 Family name, father’s name and given name: Rekik (Ahmed) Mohamed [obscured – assumed: Date of Birth] 18 July 1966 [obscured – assumed Birthplace] SFAX – Tunisia [obscured – assumed Occupation] Waiter [obscured – assumed Current Residence] Cela, Prijedor [northern Bosnia, Serb Republic] [Other information, explanation obscured] - Cela 131, Prijedor - K 088019, 5 May 1992 Embassy Vienna - Austria, 12 November 1990 - Gainfeldweg 4/2, Bischofshofen 5500 - Grand Park Hotel 5630, Kurgarten Str. 26 Bad Hofgastein - Yes, 4 March 1986 to 28 February 1987, Marina [female name?] - [Seal on the left]: 56 BAWAG KASSA 2, 16 August 96 RD Schoenbrunner Strasse 238

    14-11. STATEMENT (Given and Family Name) Abdulkarim Meslat I hereby state that I feel as a citizen of the Republic of Bosnia-Herzegovina, that I am prepared to obey the Constitution, laws and other regulations of the Republic of Bosnia-Herzegovina, practice all the rights and obligations of a citizen of Republic of Bosnia-Herzegovina, and protect the sovereignty and integrity of the Republic of Bosnia-Herzegovina and its reputation in the international community. This statement is a freely given expression of my loyalty to the Republic of Bosnia-Herzegovina, and desire to become a citizen of the Republic of Bosnia-Herzegovina. In Vienna, 31 August 1994, [signed] Meslat Abdulkarim Official Present [ blank] Signed by official: [signature illegible] [stamped with official seal] 14-12Appendix (iv) Overview of members of the Seventh Muslim Brigade “El-Mujahid” of the Army of BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA [ABiH], who received B&H citizenship [1] 1. Abu El Jud Adnan, born 1960 in Egypt, received citizenship based on fictitious residence in Sarajevo-Center municipality, then settled in Bocinja, Maglaj municipality 2. Ali Awad Muhamed, born 1962 in Egypt, received citizenship based on fictitious residence in Sarajevo-Center municipality, then settled in Bocinja, Maglaj 3. Amrou Osmanchevic, born 1968 in Jordan, received citizenship based on fictitious residence in Sarajevo-Center municipality, then settled in Bocinja, Maglaj 4. Al-Saidi Muhamed, born 1961 in Egypt, received citizenship based on fictitious residence in Sarajevo-Center municipality, then settled in Bocinja, Maglaj 5. Ahmed Alkotry, born 1965 in Sudan, regulated citizenship based on fictitious residence in Novo Sarajevo municipality, then settled in Bocinja, Maglaj 6. Albany Teher, born in Kuwait, regulated citizenship based on fictitious residence in Novo Sarajevo municipality, then settled in Bocinja, Maglaj 7. Azedine Omerovic, born 1967 in Algeria, regulated citizenship based on fictitious residence in Zenica municipality, then settled in Bocinja, Maglaj 8. Aiman Awad, born 1964 in Syria, received BH citizenship on 23 March 1992 based on participation in ABiH [Translator’s note: it did not exist at the time!], settled in Bocinja, Maglaj 9. Alnaqli Khaled, born in Egypt, received citizenship based on fictitious residence in Zenica municipality, then moved to Bocinja, Maglaj 10. Abdul-D’ail-ii Harj, born 1965 in Lebanon, regulated citizenship based on fictitious residence in Zenica municipality, then moved to Bocinja, Maglaj 11. Amagad Joussef, unknown foreign citizenship, received BH citizenship, was resident of Bocinja, Maglaj 12. Ayad Osama, unknown foreign citizenship, received BH citizenship, was resident of Bocinja, Maglaj 13. Abdula Khaled, originally from Yemen, received BH citizenship, was resident of Bocinja, Maglaj 14. Aref Mestrovac, originally from Lebanon, received BH citizenship, was resident of Bocinja, Maglaj 15. Ali Saidi Muhamed, BH citizen, resident of Bocinja, Maglaj; purchased house from Serb resident 16. Ben Hamza Mourad, born 1972 in Sudan, received citizenship based on fictitious residence in Sarajevo-Center municipality, then moved to Bocinja, Maglaj 17. Ben Radhia Nejmedine, born 1968 in Egypt, received citizenship based on fictitious residence in Sarajevo-Center municipality, then moved to Bocinja, Maglaj 18. Ben Ina Khalifa Ben, born in Tunisia, received citizenship based on fictitious residence in Sarajevo-Center municipality, then moved to Bocinja, Maglaj 19. Cshoumani Ousama, born 1968 in Jordan, received citizenship based on fictitious residence in Sarajevo-Center municipality, then moved to Bocinja, Maglaj 20. Cakir Fahri, born in Turkey, received citizenship based on fictitious residence in Sarajevo-Center municipality, then moved to Bocinja, Maglaj 21. Dar Khalifeh Jafar, born 1973 in Jordan, received citizenship based on fictitious residence in Sarajevo-Center municipality, then moved to Bocinja, Maglaj; now reported as resident in Brcko 22. Eslam Durmo, born 1964 in Egypt, received citizenship based on fictitious residence in Sarajevo-Old Town municipality, then moved to Bocinja, Maglaj 23. El Wakil Ahmed, born 1971 in Egypt, received citizenship based on fictitious residence in Sarajevo-Old Town municipality, then moved to Bocinja, Maglaj 24. El Hassiny Gamal, born 1962 in Egypt, received citizenship based on fictitious residence in Sarajevo-Old Town municipality, then moved to Bocinja, Maglaj

    25. El Monsoury Mohamed, born 1966 in Egypt, received citizenship based on fictitious residence in Sarajevo-Old Town municipality, then moved to Bocinja, Maglaj 26. Essindar Abdulah, born 1964 in Yemen, received citizenship based on fictitious residence in Sarajevo-Center municipality, then moved to Bocinja, Maglaj 27. El Karim Mohamed Ahmed, born 1971 in Sudan, received citizenship based on fictitious residence in Sarajevo-Center municipality, then moved to Bocinja, Maglaj 28. El Guerhani Fatima, [woman] born in Yemen, received citizenship based on fictitious residence in Novo Sarajevo municipality, then moved to Bocinja, Maglaj 29. El Hachini Muhamed, born in Qatar, received citizenship based on fictitious residence in Sarajevo-New Town municipality, then moved to Bocinja, Maglaj 30. Ejman Abu Abdulrrahman, Syrian, age approx. 40, former medical student in FR Yugoslavia. According to Federation[-based] weekly “Dani,” of 16 December 1988 [sic – means 1998], Abdulrrahman had been an active member of “El-mujahid” from its inception, fighting in theaters around Kacun, Vitez, Zabrdje and Travnik [central Bosnia]. He had terrorist training in the Mehurici camp. Married to a Bosniak woman, he claims to have BH citizenship.

    31. Fridhi Sami, born 1969 in Jordan, received citizenship based on fictitious residence in Sarajevo-Center municipality, then moved to Bocinja, Maglaj 32. Fawzi Lordijane, originally from Lebanon, has BH citizenship, was resident of Bocinja, Maglaj 33. Fayez Souidane, originally from Lebanon, has BH citizenship, was resident of Bocinja, Maglaj 34. Gamal El Hassiny, citizen of BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA, resident in Bocinja, Maglaj, bought the house from a Serb 35. Hmaity Moh’d, born 1961 in UA Emirates, received citizenship based on fictitious residence in Sarajevo-Center municipality, then moved to Bocinja, Maglaj 36. Hans Kreis, born 1959 in Luxembourg, received citizenship based on fictitious residence in Sarajevo-Center municipality, then moved to Bocinja, Maglaj 37. Hamza Hasamudin, a.k.a. Abu Hamza, Palestinian, married to a Bosniak from Kozarac, Prijedor; father of two. In a statement for Federation[-based] weekly “Dani,” dated 16 February [sic] 1998, confirmed he was an active member of “El-Mujahid,” and that his BH citizenship was regulated on those grounds. 38. Hassan Ashraf, originally from Egypt, has BH citizenship, was resident of Bocinja, Maglaj 39. Hanchi Ammar, born 1965 in Djibouti, received citizenship based on fictitious residence in Sarajevo-Old Town municipality, then moved to Bocinja, Maglaj 40. Imad Muhamad Al-Husein, born 1963 in Syria, received citizenship based on fictitious residence in Sarajevo-Center municipality, then moved to Bocinja, Maglaj 41. Ibrahim Hosni, born 1961 in Egypt, received citizenship based on fictitious residence in Sarajevo-Center municipality, then moved to Bocinja, Maglaj 42. Ismad Al Husein, a.k.a. Abu Hamza, Islamic mercenary; formerly resident of Bocinja, he received a large sum of money from the Federal [BH] Ministry for refugees and displaced persons in order to obtain housing in Sarajevo. 43. Inal Salih, originally from Turkey, has BH citizenship, was resident of Bocinja, Maglaj 44. Khaled Barakat, has BH citizenship, resident of Bocinja, Maglaj; bought the house from a Serb; 45. Khalil Hodzic, born 1972 in Sudan, received citizenship based on fictitious residence in Sarajevo-Center municipality, then moved to Bocinja, Maglaj 46. Jedari Salih, born 1965 in South Yemen,received citizenship based on fictitious residence in Sarajevo-Center municipality, then moved to Bocinja, Maglaj 47. Kamel Rahala, born in Algeria, received citizenship based on fictitious residence in Sarajevo-Center municipality, then moved to Bocinja, Maglaj 48. Kreis Magdalina, [woman] born 1958 in Switzerland, received citizenship based on fictitious residence in Sarajevo-Center municipality, then moved to Bocinja, Maglaj 49. Kaled Al Safani, a.k.a. Sulejman,originally from Yemen, has BH citizenship;Expelled from Kuwait for links with notorious Islamic terrorist Osama Bin Laden; Resided in Bocinja; Indicated as one of the leaders in a Zenica-Doboj Canton car-theft ring, along with Ali Said Baawr, a.k.a. Hudeifa. 50. Maati Gamal, has BH citizenship, resident of Bocinja, Maglaj; bought the house from a Serb 51. Metwali Mamdouh, born 1967 in Egypt, received citizenship based on fictitious residence in Sarajevo-Old Town municipality, then moved to Bocinja, Maglaj 52. Morsy Rokaya, born in Egypt, received citizenship based on fictitious residence in Sarajevo-Center municipality, then moved to Bocinja, Maglaj 53. Mohamed Begovic, originally from Tunisia, has BH citizenship, and resided in Bocinja, Maglaj; however, filed a change of residence with the Maglaj police; 54. Nabil Kal Bi, originally from Tunis, has BH citizenship; and resided in Bocinja, Maglaj; however, filed a change of residence with the Maglaj police; 55. Omar Badjaouvi, born in Sudan, received citizenship based on fictitious residence in Novo Sarajevo municipality, then moved to Bocinja, Maglaj 56. Pranvera Bardhosi, originally from Albania, has BH citizenship, was resident of Bocinja, Maglaj 57. Ridha Labidi, originally from Tunisia, resided in Bocinja, Maglaj; however, he filed a change of residence with the Maglaj police; 58. Raja Bargaoui, originally from Tunisia, resided in Bocinja, Maglaj; however, he filed a change of residence with the Maglaj police; 59. Skuorac El Aret, born 1971 in Egypt, received citizenship based on fictitious residence in Sarajevo-Center municipality, then moved to Bocinja, Maglaj 60. Shela Marvana, [woman] originally from Albania, received citizenship based on fictitious residence in Sarajevo-Center municipality, then moved to Bocinja, Maglaj 61. Zrigwe Homouda, born 1955 in Tunisia, received citizenship based on fictitious residence in Sarajevo-Center municipality, then moved to Bocinja, Maglaj 62. Zubeir Behchic, born in the UA Emirates, received citizenship based on fictitious residence in Sarajevo-Center municipality, then moved to Bocinja, Maglaj 63. Querghi Mustapha, born 1961 in Tunisia, received citizenship based on fictitious residence in Sarajevo-Center municipality, then moved to Bocinja, Maglaj NOTE: It has been continually noted in the media that Mirsada Zutic-Beganovic, executive at the Sarajevo Canton MIA, on 28 December 1995 approved BH citizenship for 103 persons of African or Asian origin. Facsimiles of the list and approval decisions have been published. At the time, the superintendent of the Sarajevo SSC was Enes Bezdrop, and the Federal Minister of Internal Affairs was Bakir Alispahic. [Translator’s Note: Names of the mujahedin seem to reflect entries in forms, as they do not seem to follow any spelling convention. Most likely, the names were entered by Bosnian officials with dubious literacy in English or French, the languages likely found in the applicants’ passports. Following the former Yugoslav bureaucratic convention, BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA officials in several cases entered the family name before the given name, eg: numbers 29, 43, 50, 63, etc.] [1] Most Islamic extremists received the BH citizenship at the time when the Federation BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA Ministry of Internal Affairs was led by Bakir Alispahic, and the Canton MIA by Ismet Dahic. Superintendent of the SSC Sarajevo was Reuf Jahic, with the involvement of Samir Rizvo, currently head of the Felonies department of the Sarajevo Canton MIA. Also involved in issuing identity documents to the mujahedin were Mugdim Vranac, Visoko police superintendent, and Asmir Hodzic, manager of the city cemetery in Visoko.

  • Other forms of terrorist organization in BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA

    08/07/2004 2:54:03 PM PDT · 1 of 2
    Darko
    Other forms of terrorist organization in BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA NGOs that have been clearly identified as conduits for terrorism have begun to reappear in BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA. Sometimes they change their names. Some of the most extremists NGOs are the already mentioned Saudi Relief Committee, then Global Islamic Relief, International Aid Organization, Egyptian National Aid, Saudi Islamic Committee and the Islamic Institute. All of these organizations are known to anti-terrorism experts. An additional issue is with the orphans taken to Al-Qaeda’s terrorist camps in BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA. There are videotapeps, testimonies and documentary evidence of this. One example is the case of Ahmed Zuharir, a.k.a. Handala, whose main contacts in BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA are Omer Stambolic of the Federal police and Haris Silajdzic. This terrorist had the official ID card of the organization called “Charitable Community for Orphans,” but who was he? Zuharir, a Sudanese, is a member of the terrorist group “Gaama’a al Islamyya,” and a former member of the “El Mujahid” unit of the “Bosnian Army.” He was convicted in absentia by the BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA Federation authorities for a car bombing in western Mostar in September 1997. Other participants in this terrorist attack were Ali Ahmadom al-Hamadom, a.k.a. Ubayda, of Bahrein; naturalized BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA citizen Saleh Negil Ali El-Hil, a.k.a. Abu Yemen; Abdullah ba’Awr, a.k.a. Husayfa; and Kal-al-Sheif, a.k.a. Suleyman.All are suspected associates of Osama bin Laden. Handala was never caught, because the Bosnian Muslim authorities connections to the global Islamic terror network. So, the Bosnian Muslim authorities – headed by the late Alija Izetbegovic – entrusted this notorious terrorist with the care of war orphans. Another issue altogether are mujahid’din wives, trained for years in various terrorist camps. Citizens of Bosnia-Herzegovina need help, because they cannot fight against this pestilence alone. One should be careful to differentiate the extremists from the Muslim population in general; one of the extremists’ goals is to foment conflict between all Muslims and modern civilization. This is what the leaders of Al-Qaeda in Kosovo are doing. According to expert information, the top extremists in the area are: Ramush Haradinaj, Hashim Taqi, Ilaz Selimi, Ahmed Krasniqi (Haradinaj’s enemy), Setmir Krasniqi (organized crime) Muxhar Basha, Snu Lumaj, Ismet Bexhet, Remi Mustafa, Nazmi Bekteshi, Xhimshit Osmani, Ramadan Dermaku, Luzim Aliju i Baylush Rustemi. All are connected to imam Omar Behmen. Their funding comes from various sources, but all have in common the Swiss enterprise called “Phoenix,” owned by Qazim Osmonaj. Another man worth mentioning is Abdullah Duhayman, a Saudi citizen, the founder of the “Islamic Balkan Center” Zenica, Bosnia. Duhayman is one of the main contacts and financiers of Ekrem Avdiu of Kosovska Mitrovica, a veteran of the Bosnian war and the founder of UCK’s mujahid’din unit “Abu Bakr Sadeq.” If Turks, who are regarded as secular Muslims, were capable of mounting suicidal terrorist attacks on Turkish shoil, one can only wonder what the Balkans Muslim extremists are capable of. Europe and the world are wondering who the next target might be. New warnings keep coming of impending attacks in Europe and the US, although most terrorist attacks are currently limited to the “borderlands.” Right now, the most endangered European nation is France, an unwilling host to a strong Islamic movement driven primarily by the Algerian GIA and its network of North African immigrants. France’s commitment to freedom and tolerance has led it to extend tolerance onto some people who do not deserve it. Unless French authorities take preventive measures, the risk of attack is great. Even though France opposed the war on Iraq, many countries that supported the war have property and interests in French territory. Certainly, they have property and interests elsewhere – but what other European nation has such a widespread terrorist network? Italy is in danger as well, as it also has a strong terrorist network, focused in Milan. This is confirmed by the recent arrest of four men who were recruiting Islamic militants for Al-Qaeda. Besides, some Italian politicians are supportive of terrorists. Emma Bonino, currently the EU Commissioner for Human Rights, used to be in the management of the NGO “No Peace Without Justice.” This organization declared Bosnian Muslim militant and war criminal Alija Izetbegoviæ as “peacemaker of the year” at one time, and has spread false information about the wars in the former Yugoslavia for years, supporting Islamic fanaticism.
  • “FBI Warns Al-Qaeda May Recruit Non-Arabs,”

    08/07/2004 3:56:09 AM PDT · 1 of 27
    Darko
    “FBI Warns Al-Qaeda May Recruit Non-Arabs,” Associated Press, 17 July 2004. The FBI is warning that Al-Qaeda may be recruiting non-Arabs less likely to attract notice as they carry out attacks in the United States and Europe. Al-Qaeda especially wants operatives who have American citizenship or legal U.S. residency status. Finding operatives with U.S. status would greatly facilitate Al-Qaeda’s ability to carry out an attack within the United States. Using non-Arabs might make it easier for Al-Qaeda to circumvent security measures in Europe and the United States. Of special concern are people with ties to Islamic extremist groups in North Africa and parts of Asia outside the Middle East. The FBI also warns that Al-Qaeda could recruit women, especially from areas considered more liberal on the subject such as North and East Africa and the eastern Mediterranean.

    2. “The Next Attack: Piecing Together the Puzzle,” by Fred Burton, Stratfor, 23 July 2004. U.S. counterterrorism sources remain on high alert in anticipation of an attack within the United States prior to the November presidential election. But U.S. officials are in no position to know specifically what Al-Qaeda might do. Almost three years after 9/11, Al-Qaeda’s cells are believed to be in place and have had ample opportunity to religiously study their targets, rehearse their movements, and steady their aim. The next attack here likely will involve massive casualties and might be chemical or radiological in design. Not surprising would be a plot involving a large number of conventional improvised devices, such as truck bombs, that could produce more casualties than a chemical attack. Simultaneous attacks in an underground subway or rail cars—with or without the release of a toxic chemical—also are a possibility. Strong is the potential for a series of closely staged attacks in multiple cities, such as Washington, D.C.; New York; Houston, Dallas, and Austin, Texas; and Chicago or Los Angeles.

    3. “Scouting Jetliners for New Attacks,” by Audrey Hudson, Washington Times, 22 July 2004. Flight crews and air marshals say Middle Eastern men are staking out airports, probing security measures, and conducting test runs aboard airplanes for a terrorist attack. At least two mid-flight incidents have involved numerous men of Middle Eastern descent behaving in what one pilot called “stereotypical” behavior of an organized attempt to attack a plane. Pilots and air marshals say that surveillance by terrorists is rampant, using different probing methods. Reportedly flight attendants are not trained to handle suspicious activity or terrorist attacks.

    4. “Bin Laden’s Inner Circle Eludes CIA,” by Walter Pincus, Washington Post, 24 July 2004. The CIA has intelligence agents inside Osama bin Laden’s Al-Qaeda network—as it did before the 9/11 attacks—but they are not within the terrorist leader’s inner circle where key information about any future attack would be discussed. They are beyond foot soldiers but not in the inner circle. The agents—Afghans, Pakistanis, Uzbeks, and others recruited and run by CIA case officers—are more senior than the agents that the United States had three years ago who were on the periphery. Aided by these agents, electronic intercepts, satellite imagery, and extensive help from foreign intelligence services, the United States over the past two years has captured or killed two-thirds of bin Laden’s top aides and broken up plots against U.S. embassies, U.S. and foreign aircraft, and ships and other targets worldwide. Although the U.S. intelligence community believes that Al-Qaeda today is far less capable than the team that put together the 9/11 attacks, bin Laden still looks to the United States as the brass ring.

    5. “CIA Sends Terror Experts to Tell Small Towns of Risk,” by David Johnston and Douglas Jehl, New York Times, 18 July 2004. The CIA has begun a series of terrorism briefings for state and local law enforcement personnel, for the first time dispatching counterterrorism experts to cities and small towns to warn of the possibility of an attack by Al-Qaeda this year. The CIA briefings, which are being coordinated by the FBI, are conducted by intelligence analysts from the agency’s Directorate of Intelligence and its Counterterrorist Center. The briefings began in recent weeks to advise local authorities about the terror threat as part of an effort “to put some context and flavor into the current threat environment,” which government officials have described as the most serious since the months before the 9/11 attacks.

    6. “Albanian Extremism Is beyond Control in Kosovo,” by M. Bozinovich, Serbianna, 12 July 2004. Kosovo, Bosnia, and western Macedonia are havens for Al-Qaeda and other terrorist groups such as the Egyptian Jam al Islamia and the Pakistani Tabligh. Rather than maintaining vulnerable stationary bases, the terrorists are focusing on recruiting volunteers and sending them to safer places for training such as Iraq, Afghanistan, and Pakistan. Then they are brought back to the Balkans as sleeper cells awaiting orders. Although some observers argue that Islam is a small, negligible factor in Albanian nationalism, Islam is dominating national politics. Albanian Islam is intolerant of the Albanian Christians. The domineering intolerance of Albanian Islam may be a catalyst for the complete transformation of the Albanian nation into an Islamic community. Led by Redzep Boja, the Albanian Islamic movement is spreading Wahhabism among Muslims in Kosovo and elsewhere in the Balkans.

    Articles 1. “FBI Warns Al-Qaeda May Recruit Non-Arabs,” Associated Press, 17 July 2004 (http://www.ap.org). [KBTQTactics, KBTZRecruiting] We quote: • Washington—The FBI is warning that the Al-Qaeda terror network may be recruiting non-Arabs less likely to attract notice as they carry out attacks in the United States and Europe. Al-Qaeda especially wants operatives who have American citizenship or legal U.S. residency status, the FBI’s counterterrorism division said in its weekly bulletin to eighteen thousand law enforcement agencies nationwide.

    • “Finding operatives with U.S. status would greatly facilitate Al-Qaeda’s ability to carry out an attack within the United States,” said the bulletin. Using non-Arabs might make it easier for Al-Qaeda to circumvent security measures in Europe and the United States, the bulletin said. Of special concern are people with ties to Islamic extremist groups in North Africa and parts of Asia outside the Middle East.

    • Because of its hard-line Muslim views, Al-Qaeda favors using male operatives between the ages of eighteen and thirty-five in its attacks, the FBI said. But women could also be recruited, especially from areas considered more liberal on the subject such as North and East Africa and the eastern Mediterranean, the FBI notice said.

    • Despite its warning about non-Middle Easterners, the bulletin said police and security personnel should not discount the possibility that Arabs could still be used in a U.S. attack, particularly if they are already in the United States.

    • The new warning comes amid a continuous stream of intelligence indicating that the group is determined to strike the United States in the summer or fall. Officials have said the terror network blamed for the 11 September 2001 attacks hopes to inflict mass casualties again and disrupt the political process in this presidential election year. The FBI bulletin does not mention a possible time, place, or method of attack.

    2. “The Next Attack: Piecing Together the Puzzle,” by Fred Burton, Stratfor, 23 July 2004 (http://www.stratfor.com). [KBTQStrategy, KBTKAlerts] We quote: • U.S. counterterrorism sources remain on high alert in anticipation of an attack within the United States prior to the November election—a scenario that Stratfor believes is highly likely. If Al-Qaeda has the operational capability to conduct an attack within the United States, it would be in the group’s interests to do so. It also is possible that outrider groups sympathetic to Al-Qaeda’s jihadist message could attempt a strike.

    [Officials in no position to know specifically what Al-Qaeda might do] • In recent conversations with several sources that are extremely close to evaluating the threat for the U.S. Government, it has become apparent that no one really has a clue what form the next attack might take. Though “chatter” levels are running high, the catches might be part of a disinformation campaign intended to send intelligence agents down empty rabbit holes. . . .

    • Due to Al-Qaeda use of sleeper cells and the government’s inability to penetrate the network, the United States’ tactical intelligence remains weak—officials are in no position to know specifically what Al-Qaeda might do. That said, they are better positioned to know what Al-Qaeda will not do, following preemptive actions—such as aggressive FBI interviews of Muslim fundamentalists within the United States and the hardening of physical security around government locations and infrastructure.

    [Next targets: Aviation? Trains? Business executives?] • For example, the Transportation Security Administration’s intense focus on aviation security upgrades would make it extremely difficult for militants to again turn a commercial aircraft into a suicide missile. However, Al-Qaeda’s history—in which a steady progression of casualty counts can be charted with most major attacks—indicates that it would like to exceed the casualty count of the 11 September strikes if possible. As a result, various doomsday scenarios draw speculation throughout Washington, D.C.—many of them focusing on dirty bomb and chemical attacks.

    • We also have noted that Al-Qaeda is patient: Major attack plots typically move in two- to three-year cycles, allowing for extremely methodical preparations. Important missions are not carried out by new recruits; the success rate for major operations shows professionalism, experience, and commitment on the part of the operatives chosen. Thus—almost three years after the 11 September attacks—the cells . . . are believed to be in place and have had ample opportunity to religiously study their targets, rehearse their movements, and steady their aim.

    • Stratfor agrees with government contacts that the next attack will involve massive casualties and might be chemical or radiological in design. We also would not be surprised to see a plot involving a large number of conventional improvised devices, such as truck bombs, that could produce more casualties than a chemical attack.

    • Simultaneous attacks in underground subway or rail cars—with or without the release of a toxic chemical—also are a possibility. However, we do not believe an attack will occur by air, even though Al-Qaeda has shown a continuing fixation on aviation-related attacks—unless militants steal or commandeer a private aircraft from an unsecured private airport or hijack a cargo aircraft.

    • Other plausible scenarios include plots to kill prominent U.S. businessmen or executives—either in scattered, simultaneous strikes or by targeting a conference or other venue where many executives are gathered. The assassinations of multiple corporate leaders would significantly impact world markets and cause the kind of economic damage that Al-Qaeda seeks.

    • Operationally speaking, the cold hard truth is this: If members of a militant cell are willing to die for a terrorist act, they will succeed. Security forces are all but incapable of stopping an attack cycle once it is under way. If that should be the case, where are the most logical cities for strikes to take place?

    [Possible: Closely staged attacks in multiple major U.S. cities] • Al-Qaeda has a history of staging simultaneous attacks—they did so in New York and Washington, D.C., on 11 September 2001; in Nairobi, Kenya, and Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, in 1998; and in Mombasa, Kenya, in November 2002, when they targeted a hotel and an airliner on the same day. We therefore remain strongly convinced of the potential for a series of closely staged attacks in multiple cities, such as Washington, D.C.; New York; Houston, Dallas, and Austin, Texas; and Chicago or Los Angeles.

    o New York City: From a predictive and target progression standpoint, we believe New York City—specifically midtown Manhattan—is the most probable location for an attack at this time, because of its dense population and casualty potentials. Al-Qaeda also is comfortable operating in New York City and has many off-the-shelf plans that could be carried out there. Additionally, the city has propaganda value—it is recognized as an icon of Americanism and perceived as a center of Jewish business—that runs high within Al-Qaeda’s Muslim audience. And it is a high-profile location for an economic strike. Wall Street would be a prime target, as would symbolic targets such as Madison Square Garden and Penn or Grand Central Stations.

    o Despite serious concerns for the security of the Republican and Democratic National Conventions, we do not believe they will be targeted by militants; security would be far too tight, and Al-Qaeda never strikes exactly where it is expected. Having said that, an attack anywhere in Boston or New York City during the conventions would resonate around the globe—specifically in Afghanistan, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, and Iraq.

    o Washington, D.C.: A close second on the target list would be Washington, D.C., due to its political, propaganda, and military value. Here, the Metro subway or Union Station would be high on the priority list—most specifically, a bomb blast in the Metro at the Pentagon stop. This kind of attack would satisfy many of Al-Qaeda’s goals, by killing Americans with military connections.

    o Houston: This city remains high on the list due to the oil/gas/port targets; it also is an area of past logistics support for Al-Qaeda, dating back to the first World Trade Center bombing in 1993. It also is home to former President George H. W. Bush, giving it added political significance to Al-Qaeda’s Muslim audience.

    o Dallas: This city cannot be ruled out as a potential target, given the connections between Texas and the White House.

    o Austin: A symbolic target that is near Fort Hood and U.S. President George W. Bush’s ranch in Crawford, Texas.

    o Los Angeles: This city has been set as a target zone by Al-Qaeda in the past, as shown in the millennium bombing plot. The El Al ticket counter at Los Angeles Airport also was attacked by a lone wolf fundamentalist in 2002.

    o Chicago: Another viable target—particularly if strikes involved the Sears Tower or commuter/passenger trains. . . .

    3. “Scouting Jetliners for New Attacks,” by Audrey Hudson, Washington Times, 22 July 2004 (http://www.washingtontimes.com). [KBTTAviation] We quote: • Flight crews and air marshals say Middle Eastern men are staking out airports, probing security measures, and conducting test runs aboard airplanes for a terrorist attack. At least two mid-flight incidents have involved numerous men of Middle Eastern descent behaving in what one pilot called “stereotypical” behavior of an organized attempt to attack a plane.

    • “No doubt these are dry runs for a terrorist attack,” an air marshal said. Pilots and air marshals who asked to remain anonymous told the Washington Times that surveillance by terrorists is rampant, using different probing methods. “It’s happening, and it’s a sad state of affairs,” a pilot said.

    • A 29 June incident aboard Northwest Airlines Flight 327 from Detroit to Los Angeles is similar to a 15 February incident on American Airlines Flight 1732 from San Juan, Puerto Rico, to New York’s John F. Kennedy Airport. The Northwest flight involved fourteen Syrian men and the American Airlines flight involved six men of Middle Eastern descent.

    [Strange behavior of fourteen Syrian men on Northwest Airlines Flight 327] • “I’ve never been in a situation where I have felt that afraid,” said Annie Jacobsen, a business and finance feature writer for the online magazine Women’s Wall Street who was aboard the Northwest flight. The men were seated throughout the plane pretending to be strangers. Once airborne, they began congregating in groups of two or three, stood nearly the entire flight, and consecutively filed in and out of bathrooms at different intervals, raising concern among passengers and flight attendants, Mrs. Jacobsen said. One man took a McDonald’s bag into the bathroom, then passed it off to another passenger upon returning to his seat. When the pilot announced the plane was cleared for landing and to fasten seat belts, seven men jumped up in unison and went to different bathrooms.

    • Her account was confirmed by David Adams, spokesman for the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Federal Air Marshal Service (FAMS), who said officers were on board and checked the bathrooms several times during the flight, but nothing was found. “The FAMS never broke their cover, but monitored” the activity, Mr. Adams said. “Given the facts, they had no legal basis to take an enforcement action. But there was enough of a suspicious nature for the FAMS, passengers, and crew to take notice.”

    • A January FBI memo says suicide terrorists are plotting to hijack trans-Atlantic planes by smuggling “ready-to-build” bomb kits past airport security, and later assembling the explosives in aircraft bathrooms. On many overseas flights, airlines have issued rules prohibiting loitering near the lavatory. . . .

    [Flight attendants not trained to handle terrorist attacks or suspicious activity] • In an interview [on 21 July] with the Washington Times, Mrs. Jacobsen said she was surprised to learn afterward that flight attendants are not trained to handle terrorist attacks or the situation that happened on her flight. . . .

    • The plane was met by officials from the FBI, Los Angeles Police Department, Federal Air Marshal Service, and Transportation Security Administration. The Syrians, who were traveling on one-way tickets, were taken into custody. The men, who were not on terrorist watch lists, were released, although their information and fingerprints were added to a database. The group had been hired as musicians to play at a casino, and the booking, hotel accommodations, and return flight to New York from Long Beach, California, also checked out, Mr. Adams said. “We don’t know if it was a dry run, that’s why we are working together with intelligence and investigative agencies to help protect the homeland,” he said. . . .

    • Mrs. Jacobsen, however, is skeptical the fourteen passengers were innocent musicians. “If nineteen terrorists can learn to fly airplanes into buildings, couldn’t fourteen terrorists learn to play instruments?” she asked . . . .

    [Strange behavior of six Middle Eastern men on American Airlines Flight 1732] • [A] pilot confirmed that Mrs. Jacobsen’s experience was “terribly alike” what flight attendants reported on the San Juan flight. He said there is “widespread knowledge” among crew members these probes are taking place. A Middle Eastern passenger attempted to videotape out the window as the plane taxied on takeoff and, when told by a flight attendant it was not permitted, “gave her a mean look and stopped taping,” said a written report of the San Juan incident by a flight attendant.

    • The group of six men sat near one another, pretended to be strangers, but after careful observation from flight attendants, it was apparent “all six knew each other,” the report said. “They were very careful when we were in their area to seem separate and pretended to be sleeping, but when we were out of the twilight area, they were watching and communicating,” the report said. The men made several trips to the bathroom and congregated in that area, and were told at least twice by a flight attendant to return to their seats. The suspicious behavior was relayed to airline officials in mid-flight and additional background checks were conducted.

    • A second pilot said that, on one of his recent flights, an air marshal forced his way into the lavatory at the front of his plane after a man of Middle Eastern descent locked himself in for a long period. The marshal found the mirror had been removed and the man was attempting to break through the wall. The cockpit was on the other side.

    • The second pilot said terrorists are “absolutely” testing security. “There is a great degree of concern in the airline industry that not only are these dry runs for a terrorist attack, but that there is absolutely no defense capabilities on a vast majority of airlines,” the second pilot said.

    [No central clearinghouse to learn of suspicious activity on airliners] • Dawn Deeks, spokeswoman for the Association of Flight Attendants, said there is no “central clearinghouse” for them to learn of suspicious incidents, and flight crews are not told how issues are resolved. She said a flight attendant reported that a passenger was using a telephoto lens to take sequential photos of the cockpit door. The passenger was stopped, and the incident, which happened two months ago, was reported to officials. But when the attendant checked back last week on the outcome, she was told her report had been lost.

    • Recent incidents at the Minneapolis-St. Paul international airport have also alarmed flight crews. Earlier this month, a passenger from Syria was taken into custody while carrying anti-American materials and a note suggesting he intended to commit a public suicide. A third pilot reported watching a man of Middle Eastern descent at the same airport using binoculars to get airplane tail numbers and writing the numbers in a notebook to correspond with flight numbers. “It’s a probe. They are probing us,” said a second air marshal, who confirmed that Middle Eastern men try to flush out marshals by rushing the cockpit and stopping suddenly.

    4. “Bin Laden’s Inner Circle Eludes CIA,” by Walter Pincus, Washington Post, 24 July 2004 (http://www.washingtonpost.com). [KBTKIntel, KBTCInformation, KBTQTactics, KBTD911Intel] We quote: • The CIA has intelligence agents inside Osama bin Laden’s Al-Qaeda network—as it did before the 11 September 2001 attacks—but they are not within the terrorist leader’s inner circle where key information about any future attack would be discussed, a senior intelligence official said yesterday. “They are beyond foot soldiers but not in the inner circle,” the official said. The agents—Afghans, Pakistanis, Uzbeks, and others recruited and run by CIA case officers—“are more senior than the agents [that the United States had] three years ago who were on the periphery,” the official said.

    • Aided by these agents, electronic intercepts, satellite imagery, and extensive help from foreign intelligence services, the United States over the past two years has captured or killed two-thirds of bin Laden’s top aides and broken up plots against U.S. embassies, U.S. and foreign aircraft, and ships and other targets worldwide.

    • Although the U.S. intelligence community believes that Al-Qaeda today is far less capable than the team that put together the 11 September attacks, bin Laden “looks to the United States still as the brass ring,” another senior intelligence official said. “They still want to continue to attack us in the ways they did three years ago,” he said during a [21 July] briefing, which was held on the condition that reporters not disclose his name or the identity of two other senior intelligence officials who spoke.

    [Repeatedly busted: Al-Qaeda plots undertaken with aircraft and ships] • This is the first time that CIA officials have publicly described with such specificity the placing of agents and other steps aimed at cracking Al-Qaeda—the sort of information that the agency generally guards very closely. They made the revelations as part of a response to the stern criticism of the agency this week by the 11 September commission. It portrayed U.S. intelligence as having failed dramatically before the 2001 attacks, largely because it lacked significant sources of human intelligence about bin Laden’s organization. The comments came at the briefing, held the day before the commission report was released, and in interviews yesterday that elaborated on some points.

    • “We have busted plots repeatedly” that were undertaken by “serious Al-Qaeda players” involving both aircraft and ships—some in Northeast and Southeast Asia—one official at the briefing said. He said intelligence on the possibility of other attacks has recently been strong. “I wouldn’t characterize what we have now as chatter,” he said. “I think we have some fairly specific information that Al-Qaeda wants to come after us.”

    [“Doubletalk” thwarted exploitation of intercepts of summer 2001 Al-Qaeda calls] • In 2001, the officials said, U.S. technical intelligence did intercept conversations of the 11 September plotters over an Al-Qaeda command-and-control phone link. But U.S. analysts could not understand their “doubletalk” enough to disrupt the operation, the first official said. “They [Al-Qaeda members] became aware that we were sitting on those phones, and they became doubly cautious and their doubletalk doubled as they progressed, so we were thwarted,” he said. CIA Director George J. Tenet was able to give warnings of terrorist activity in the summer of 2001 because “we were able to pick up this drumbeat of threat . . . with rumors from the camps . . . [and] information from technical collection,” he said.

    • A former senior intelligence official yesterday recalled listening to Air Force Lieutenant General Michael V. Hayden, director of the National Security Agency, which intercepts communications, “twenty to thirty times during the summer [of 2001] saying he believed the attack would come tomorrow.” The three senior intelligence officials at [the 21 July 2004] briefing said they recognize some of the failures pointed out by the commission, but feel that new approaches already in place are addressing the problems. . . .

    5. “CIA Sends Terror Experts to Tell Small Towns of Risk,” by David Johnston and Douglas Jehl, New York Times, 18 July 2004 (http://www.nyt.com). [KBTKSharing, KBTKAlerts] We quote: • Washington, 17 July—The CIA has begun a series of terrorism briefings for state and local law enforcement personnel, for the first time dispatching counterterrorism experts to cities and small towns to warn of the possibility of an attack by Al-Qaeda this year, government officials said this week. The CIA briefings, which are being coordinated by the FBI, are conducted by intelligence analysts from the agency’s Directorate of Intelligence. . . . [and the agency’s] Counterterrorist Center . . . which sifts through thousands of pieces of information to track terrorists worldwide. Sometimes they have been joined by the CIA’s officers who work in several large cities in the United States, one intelligence official said.

    • [The briefings began] in recent weeks to advise local authorities about the terror threat as part of an effort “to put some context and flavor into the current threat environment,” which government officials have described as the most serious since the months before the 11 September attacks, the intelligence official said.

    • In part, the briefings are a direct response to rising fears of an Al-Qaeda attack sometime this year and reflect the government’s willingness to take previously untried steps to detect and possibly deter an attack. This week, the country’s new acting intelligence chief, John E. McLaughlin, was the latest senior administration official to warn that the threat of terrorist attack on the United States is more significant than at any other time since 11 September. . . .

    [Reports of Al-Qaeda’s designs on U.S.: Continuous, worrisome, and corroborated] • The intelligence official would not say what information the CIA analysts were providing to law enforcement officials, but indicated that it was similar to information that CIA officials provided to members of Congress and others in recent classified briefings. Other officials who have attended the briefings said the content of the meetings tracked closely with what had recently become publicly known about Al-Qaeda’s intentions. Authorities have said that the reports of Al-Qaeda’s designs on the United States are continuous, worrisome, and corroborated by informants who are believed to be highly credible. . . .

    • . . . CIA counterterrorism experts in large cities like New York or Los Angeles have met with local authorities at least periodically over the years, and more often since the 11 September attacks. But they said the briefings in smaller communities represented a significant shift in approach for the CIA. Legally, the CIA is barred from engaging in intelligence collection activities inside the United States, but there is no prohibition on its analysts providing information to local law enforcement officials about subjects like terrorism. . . .

    • . . . The intelligence officials said the briefings were being arranged in some areas by the more than eighty Joint Terrorism Task Forces around the country, which include FBI, Homeland Security, Secret Service, and other federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies. . . .

    6. “Albanian Extremism Is beyond Control in Kosovo,” by M. Bozinovich, Serbianna, 12 July 2004 (http://www.serbianna.com/columns/mb/026.shtml). [KBTSKosovoWT, KBTRBalkansWT, KBTSSerbiaWT, KBTZIslam, KBTBBojaR] We quote from this article—an interview of Dr. Miroljub Jevtic, a political science professor at Belgrade University—from a website which covers developments in Serbia and the Balkans: • . . . Dr. Miroljub Jevtic says that the extremist Islamic indoctrination in Kosovo is the source of Albanian separatism and that the indoctrination has reached such levels that Albanian extremism is beyond control in Kosovo. [Following are questions posed to Dr. Jevtic and his responses.]

    • Question: Seventeen years ago you wrote a scenario in which Islam causes wars in the Balkans and uses the acquired lands to make bases out of which to attack the West. What were the causing factors for such a conclusion?

    o The conclusions were the outgrowth of my observations of the Islamic revolution in Iran in 1979. The names involved in that revolution were similar with the ones in Serbian history. Then the attack on the medieval Serbian kingdom by the Ottoman Turks was based on Islamic imperatives, i.e., that Allah is ordering the Muslims to wage a war in the world in order to establish an Islamic order. Iran was also similar.

    o Since Islamic faith pertains to establishment of its laws in the world, it was clear that what was being prepared in the Balkans was only a prelude for Islamic insurgency in the West and the Balkans was to be only a base against the main target. The West is the main target because Islam does not have a rule over it. Islamic insurgency then used . . . Balkan Muslims . . . as Trojan horses with whom they employed the Western rhetoric of human rights, free markets . . . to gain support. . . .

    • Question: Is terrorism a new, skewed method of Islamic proselytizing or is it one of the fundamental ways with which to Islamize the world, as extremists believe?

    o Terrorism, to be sure, was not the method Mohammed advocated to achieve the goals of the Islamic mission nor does the Quaran advocate it. On the contrary, the Quaran is one of the most important works in human civilization. Just the fact that Mohammed succeeded in attracting a huge mass of people for his word speaks a great deal of Islamic greatness and strength. Islam as such is not to be condemned; it is to be respected.

    o On the other hand, Islam is different from the Western civilization. Yet the West refuses to accept this characteristic, some because of objective and some because of subjective reasons even among those that make decisions. Islam is an opponent to the West with which it cannot coexist in equality because it has a complete vision of the world and its own concepts of culture, politics, and human beings. When it looks at the West, Islam sees an unacceptable opponent of its visions.

    • Question: Why?

    o In its vision, Islam has a duty to save each and every individual, no matter his residence, of his sins that lead into hell. Since the West, according to the Islamic concept of sin, lives in sin, it has to be helped by establishing an Islamic value system. This has to always be attempted through peaceful means but if they do not yield results then force is not excluded.

    o Establishing an Islamic system of values cannot be done without an Islamic judicial system so, accordingly, Islam believes that it should remake every state into an Islamic one, including the United States. Although Muslims may differ on a timetable or the means for achieving this new Islamic order, the broad contour of the desirability of a world Islamic system is accepted by every Muslim.

    o Since no adequate peaceful power exists that can establish Islam in the American case, and many Islamic states had to coexist with the United States and maintain a level of coexistence which has significantly eroded the Islamic legitimacy of those rulers, Osama bin Laden and Al-Qaeda’s bombing of the World Trade Center was seen as a spectacular result in favor of Islam that not only legitimized the use of power but also terrorism as a means for the spreading of Islam. According to the reasoning then, Allah allowed 9/11 to happen, it produced favorable results, and it means that Allah also approves terrorism as a means for Islamization.

    • Question: According to one CNN commentator, the beheading of Nicholas Berg [in Iraq in the spring of 2004] is not unusual in the Islamic world. To what degree is this vision of human life a civilizational difference between Islam and the West?

    o Islamic jurisprudence is casuistic and it does not have an answer for every particular question. It derives answers by looking at the intent of an action to see if it is an allowable general variation in the function of the ultimate objectives. So the Quaranic Sharia laws allow human tortures that are much worse then beheadings.

    o For example, in the Quaranic chapter (sura) 5 titled Table, the 33rd verse tells the believer how to deal with disobedience of the Islamic order: “Those that make war against Allah and His apostle and spread disorders in the land shall be put to death or crucified or have their hands and feet cut off on alternate sides or be banished from the country.” In Saudi Arabia, beheadings are done . . . after the state issues fatwas (religious decrees).

    • Question: One cannot but notice that the preponderance of Islamic terrorists that are attacking the West have Bosnia on their resume. . . . [Please comment.]

    o Bosnia is a haven for Al-Qaeda bases as are Kosovo and western Macedonia. [Other groups here include] the Egyptian Jam al Islamia and the Pakistani Tabligh . . . [Members] of these terrorist groups [have] never left and are active in Kosovo, and the western Macedonian cities of Tetovo, Gostivar, Debar, and others. . . .

    o Before 9/11 stationary terrorist bases were established in Bosnia, Kosovo, Macedonia, and Albania because Western intelligence coordinated their activities with them in the war against the Serbian army. Since the United States has dominant control of the Balkans it would be extremely easy to locate these terrorist bases and dismember them, so terrorists have shut all stationary bases with fixed locations and none exist in the Balkans after 9/11.

    o Instead now, terrorists are focusing on recruiting volunteers [such as] Sanel Sekirica from Mostar, Bosnia, who was implicated with the assassins of 11 March [2004] in Madrid, or through [an] Islamic humanitarian organization such [as] Bosnian Vezir located in Travnik and managed by an Albanian Draguti from Orahovac in Kosovo. Recruits are sent to safer places for training such as Iraq, Afghanistan, and Pakistan . . . and are brought back to the Balkans as sleeper cells awaiting orders.

    • Question: The International Crisis Group (ICG) argues that Islam is a small, negligible factor in Albanian nationalism. . . . [Do you agree?]

    o . . . [That] is not true. Albanians are a multi-faith community—Catholics, Orthodox, and Muslims—[but] Islam dominates national politics. That . . . Albanian Islam is intolerant of the Albanian Christians is amply illustrated by the positions of Dr. Ismail Bardhi, from the Islamic Theological University in Skopje, or the positions of Jazexhi Olsi. Their views can be found on the Internet.

    o The domineering intolerance of Albanian Islam may be a catalyst for a complete disappearance of the entire Albanian nation, i.e., its transformation into a general Islamic community. In Tirana, for example, special agencies exist that match Albanian women with foreigners such as Pakistanis, Arabs, Kurds, and others from Islamic countries, and after marriage they obtain Albanian citizenship, and entrance into Europe. These agencies are extremely popular and do great business.

    • Question: After the March [2004] pogrom of Serbs in Kosovo, the Albanian national movement is divided on the type of action to pursue. [There is] a strong Islamic current. Who represents it and what do they advocate?

    o The Albanian Islamic movement is led by Redzep Boja. It is simply unbelievable that he was never seriously analyzed by the Western intelligence services. Boja was sent to Saudi Arabia as a boy where he finished all possible schools on Islamic theology. It is widely believed that he almost forgot his own Albanian language which, if true, is very telling of the degree of his Arabization. After returning to Kosovo, Boja started spreading Wahhabism [among] Bosnian Muslims. . . . [He wrote] in the magazine Preporod . . . [that] “you’ll either be a Wahhabi or you’ll be killed, you’ll lose your property, and your family will be enslaved.”

    o Boja is [a leader in] the official Islamic community in Kosovo and is the political power broker in the Albanian political party, the Democratic Union of Kosovo (DSK) led by Ibrahim Rugova that is considered mainstream! Under Boja’s leadership, the Islamic community has embraced DSK by allowing their buildings to be used for political meetings, for DSK congresses, for restaurants for the students in Pristina University, for Internet access, and for mosques for political purposes and organizing voting in the province. Boja also led the Albanian leaders to meet with the leaders of the Islamic countries to obtain financial and other help.

    o The more tolerant Hanefi Islam, that Albanians inherited from the Ottoman Turks, has lost its hold to Wahhabism. The Wahhabi dominance on Kosovo Albanians is illustrated in the March violence against the Serbs where churches were deliberately targeted for destruction because they cannot coexist alongside Wahhabi Islam—as is the case in Saudi Arabia. . . . Wahhabi indoctrination of Kosovo Albanians has reached such a degree that it is no longer controllable. . . .

    • Question: In the book Islam in the Work of Ivo Andric you elaborate on the little known Islamic doctrine of takhiyah. How much is this doctrine dominant in the modern Islamic reaction towards terrorism?

    o Takhiyah is based on the Quaranic verse 106 in the 16th sura titled Bees: “Those that are forced to recant while their hearts remain loyal to the faith shall be absolved; but those who deny Allah after professing Islam . . . shall incur the wrath of Allah and be sternly punished.” This norm then binds an individual to remain a Muslim all his life or he’ll be executed and implicitly forbids religious freedom in an Islamic state. A Muslim may lie and negate his faith if the harm from a heroic insistence on Islam may be greater then gain to it. So when a Muslim negates his faith he is absolved, and he is even ordered to use this deception if that brings gains to Islam . . . and this deception is takhiyah.

    o Look at 9/11, for example. Television clips from most Arabic and Islamic countries showed a spontaneous and passionate cheering of those acts. A huge number of people was singing and rejoicing in the streets while most of their leaders condemned the terrorist acts. Who with any logic will then believe that the position of the Islamic statesmen is so different from the people that they rule!

    o The use of takhiyah in Kosovo is also flagrant and is illustrated best by the aforementioned Redzep Boja who is visibly deceiving the West to gain its support only to establish a Wahhabi base in Kosovo out of which the deceived, the West, may be killed. The figure of Tony Blair erected in Pristina as a sign of gratitude for British support of Boja can indeed disappear overnight as did many churches in the recent Kosovo Albanian violence.

  • Humanitarian Terrorists (Al Qaeda)

    08/05/2004 10:18:08 PM PDT · 1 of 1
    Darko
    Humanitarian Terrorists The “High Saudi Committee”, “Al-Haramein” and other Islamic “charities” operating in BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA are the main source of funding for AIO and “Furqan.” Most of these organizations are donors and cover for international terrorists connected to Al-Qaeda and Bin Laden. One example is “Benevolence International Foundation” (BIF), an organization whose founder and director, Enam Arnaut, is on trial in the US for direct links Osama bin Laden. Proof of those links was found in 2003 in BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA, during a search of the “Bosnian Ideal Future” – the legal successor of the blacklisted BIF which even kept the same initials. BIF was led by former AID agent, diplomat and Alije Izetbegović’s personal chauffeur, Munib Zahiragić. He is also on trial in Sarajevo, for espionage and illegal possession of AID documents. BIF had offices in Sarajevo and Zenica till the end of 2001, when Arnaut managed to bail out with about $1 million (of about $5 that was laundered through the organization), with the help of his representative Mohammed Anas Talawi. During the war, Arnaut used the money to organize mujahid’din arrivals, their training in camps around Zenica and Tešanj, and their eventual transfer to other countries. It is believed that this channel was used for the escape of Abu Mali, a close associate of Bin Laden. Arnaut also helped an Al-Qaeda terrorist Mahmud Salim Mamdouh, a.k.a. Abu Hajr, to escape to Germany. Western sources indicagte Mamdouh was in charge of procuring uranium for nuclear weapons. Abu Hajr was arrested in Germany in 1998, and extradited to the US. Arnaut also collaborated with Muhammad Halifa, a cousin of Osama bin Laden, as well as Gulbuddin Hikmatyar, leader of the terrorist group “Hizbi al islami,” which took part in the first World Trade Center attack in 1993, organized by Sheikh Omar abd-al-Rahman. Two members of the “Algerian Group” also worked at BIF: Budellah Hajj, a.k.a. Abu Omar, and Mustafa Ait Idir. They were extradited to the US in January 2003. Hajj had arrived to BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA from Pakistan, and also worked for the Egyptian charity “Human appeal.” Another BIF “activist” was Hamami Muwafaq, a Syrian convicted in his homeland of membership in the terrorist group “Muslim Brotherhood.” The “High Saudi Committee” (HSC) may be difficult to shut down, despite the explicit demands from the US. That organization is under direct patronage of the Saudi royal family, and her activists use the previously mentioned diplomatic privileges, including the 24 vehicles with diplomatic license plates. Furthermore, this is the organization that has channeled the most money into BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA, as the Saudis did not spare the expense of establishing a Shari’a state on European soil. In Saudi Arabia, the Committee is officially run by Naser el Saed. His student, Elfatih Hassanein, was a personal friend of Izetbegović and founder of the banned Third World Relief Agency (TWRA) in Vienna. The Bosnian Muslim leadership used the TWRA to “import” most of the mujahid’din into Bosnia and fund their travel and stay. One of the directors of the HSC Zenica office was Abdul Hadiyu al-Gahtani, who was arrested in 1994 for the abduction of three and murder of one British citizen, employees of the ODA. Mujahid’din, however, organized Gahtani’s jailbreak and escape from Bosnia. He was later convicted, in absentia, to 10 years’ imprisonment. Ahmed Zuhayr, a.k.a. Handala, is another terrorist who worked for the HSC and managed to “escape” from the Bosnian Muslim authorities. Thus Sudanese, who was mentioned previously, is considered responsible for the murder of UN mission worker William Jefferson in Tuzla. The HSC employed two members of the “Algerian Group,” Saber Lahmar and Mustafa Abdul Kadr. Lahmar was sentenced to five years for assault on Western aid workers near Zenica, but was pardoned in 1998 by a special decree signed by the Federation president Ejup Ganić. It is believed that Lahmar and Kadr, who later worked at the “King Fahd” Islamic center in Sarajevo and the “Taibah International” foundation, were part of the terrorist GIA’s European network. In late 2001, a joint operation of SFOR and local authorities resulted in the arrest of Majed Karoub, another employee of the HSC, believed to have worked closely with Lahmar and Kadr. The “Global Relief Foundation” (GRF), accused in the US of financing terrorist activities, was also active in BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA. The GRF in BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA had relatively modest funds, which did not stop the organization to spend $100,000 for the camp at Lake Jablanica. Among the organizations of interest in the struggle against terrorism are also the Saudi charity “Igassa,” which smuggled weapons and ammunition into BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA during the war, as well as “Al-Muwfaq,” whose member Safiq Iyadi (of Tunisia) had made a $.5 million transfer to an account at the SAB Bank in Sarajevo in 1996. Iyadi is on the American blacklist, and his accounts in the US and UK have been frozen. It is believed the money was approved by Salem bin Makhfouz, a relative of Osama bin Laden. Another suspicious organization is the “Charity of the Iranian People,” which is under control of the VEVAK secret service, and had helped train Islamic terrorists and militants during the war and immediately after Dayton. The aforementioned organizations are just the tip of the iceberg.

    The phony Islamic “charities” in Bosnia-Herzegovina, along with the extremists and terrorists, have become returning to BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA after the victory of the SDA in the October 2002 general election.

  • Al-Qaeda’s Network: Iran to the Balkans, via Turkey

    08/05/2004 10:14:15 PM PDT · 1 of 1
    Darko
    Al-Qaeda’s Network: Iran to the Balkans, via Turkey Investigation of the recent suicide attacks on British and Jewish targets in Istanbul has shown that some of the terrorists involved had been traine in Bosnia-Herzegovina. On the other hand, Iran has given a new identity to the spiritual leader of Afghan Taliban, Mullah Omar. A few months ago, Iran released from prison several high-ranking Al-Qaeda members, and there are indications they were behind the terrorist attacks in Istanbul. The Iranian regime has long been known as a financier and sponsor of terrorists exported all over the world, especially in the Balkans. It is well known that Iran had sent a Republican Guard unit to BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA, and their secret service (VEVAK) has established and helped train the Bosnian Muslim secret service (AID). One of the key assets of the Iranian intelligence in BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA is Dzemal Merdan, who had undergone military and religious training and become loyal to the ideas of Ayatollah Khomeini. His loyalty was reward by appointing him a liaison to foreign mujahid’din. This man is responsible for hundreds of murders of ethnic Croats. Early in the BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA civil war, several dozen Islamic extremists came to BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA with the help of Iran and Merdan’s coordination. Together with the Cengic clan, Merdan controlled Central Bosnia. Iranian authorities and radical Turkish groups have worked on two fronts. The first was establishing a “green traverse” in the Balkans, and the second a similar corridor in central Asia, through Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, and – very importantly – the Chinese province of Xinyang. Cells of Al-Qaeda were established in all those countries and regions. Mullah Omar and Osama Bin Laden were involved in setting up the network in the Balkans, along with terrorists from Saudi Arabia. Even the Saudi government funded terrorism, notably through theh High Saudi Committee for Aid to Bosnia-Herzegovina, whose representatives were granted the extraordinary privilege of diplomatic license plates (and the resulting immunity) for their vehicles, in clear violation of existing law. It is assume that Bosnian authorities had also issued diplomatic passports to the same representatives, but such a contention is almost impossible to verify.

    One notable link in that chain is Jusuf Halilagić, now Minister of Civil Affairs and Communications for BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA, and a former high-ranking officer of the 3rd Bosnian Army Corps, home of the notorious “El-Mujahid” unit. Halilagić was the one who drove Abu Hamza, one of the most wanted Islamic terrorists in the world, from Rijeka (Croatia) into Bosnia in 1992, in his private "Zastava 101" vehicle. Halilagic and other Islamic extremists in BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA had long prepared for the arrival of Islamic volunteers from the Middle East, North Africa, south Asia and even Western countries, known as the “Afghans.” After fighting in Bosnia, certain Arab intelligence agencies started calling these people “Bosnians,” claiming they were far more dangerous than mere “Afghans.” were Muslim intelligence agencies in Bosnia, such as AID, usually refer to these men as the “AA factor,” noting their African and Asian origin. Since the beginning of their involvement in Bosnia, Abu Ma'ali (originally from Algeria) was one of the leader of Islamic extremists, and the first commander of the “El-Mujahid” unit. After the Dayton Peace Accords, it was demanded from Muslim authorities in Sarajevo that Abu Ma’ ali should leave BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA, because of his connections to Al-Qaeda. According to the Croatian weekly “Globus,” the celebratory farewell to Abu Ma’ali as he departed for Chechnya was attended by Bakir Izetbegovic, the son of Bosnian Muslim leader Alija Izetbegovic. However, there are also indications that Ma’ali has simply assumed a new identity, with the help of high-ranking Bosnian Muslim officials, and continues to live in the BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA Federation. Abu Ma’ ali is considered one of the closest associates of the notorious terrorist Abu Tala’t . The fact that Halilagic is today a member of the Coordinating Task Force for combating terrorism in BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA speaks volumes about the involvement of the Bosnian Muslim leadership with Al-Qaeda. Halilagic was delegated to that post by the Party of Democratic Action, whose founder is the Islamic extremist and war criminal Alija Izetbegovic. Immediately after his death in October 2003, ICTY prosecutor’s spokesperson Florence Hartmann said that it had been a matter of days before an indictment was issued against Izetbegovic. It remains a mystery why the ICTY had not indicted Izetbegovic in his lifetime, as they had not lacked evidence. There is also a suspicion that this institution is under a strong influence of Islamic nations and interest groups. Nonetheless, Izetbegovic directly participated in the cover-up and reorganization of Al-Qaeda in Bosnia. In the Dayton agreement there was a provision that all mujahid’din would leave Bosnia. That never happened, thanks to the ties between the Islamic terrorist networks and the top leadership of the Bosnian Muslims. Turkish authorities have established the link between the suspects in the Istanbul bombings and the global network of Islamic terrorists. A year before the attacks, the ICNA (Islamic Council of North America) website stated that the greatest enemies of Islam were “Jews, Crusaders” [i.e. Christians], and especially among those, “Russians and Serbs.” Consider now the sequence of the attacks – first the synagogues (Jews), then the British consulate and bank (“Crusaders”), followed soon thereafter by a train in Russian. This has all the makings of a clash of civilizations, one that Islamic extremists are trying to impose on the world’s Muslims.

  • The “White Al-Qaeda” in Bosnia-Herzegovina

    08/05/2004 9:32:46 AM PDT · 1 of 5
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    The “White Al-Qaeda” in Bosnia-Herzegovina Information available to experts on international terrorism indicate that BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA is at this time one of the most dangerous countries in Europe, as it represents a nursery for potential Islamic terrorists – the so called “white” or “European” Al-Qaeda. Money from Islamic countries that is laundered through “humanitarian” organizations finances the religious education of at least 100,000 young Bosnian Muslims. In addition to such education, which follows the interpretations of Wahhabi Islam, there is another type of “training” in various officially registered camps throughout the BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA Federation. There, the young and carefully selected Wahhabis attend “additional courses” in marksmanship, explosives and martial arts. Organizations such as “Furqan,” the “Active Islamic Youth,” the “Muslim Youth Council” and others – differing only in name and primary donors, but otherwise interchangeable – teach young Muslims computer and Internet skills, so they could establish contacts with their coreligionists worldwide. Knowing all this, the former head of UN Mission in Bosnia Jacques Paul Klein recently said that some 200 mujahid’din in Bosnia did not represent a danger, because they can be easily controlled. Klein knew it would be a lot more difficult to stop the spread of young Bosnian Wahhabis throughout Europe, youths who consider Osama Bin Laden and the mujahid’din role models.
  • REPORT OF THE JOINT INQUIRY INTO THE TERRORIST ATTACKS OF SEPTEMBER 11

    08/05/2004 9:31:06 AM PDT · 1 of 5
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    REPORT OF THE JOINT INQUIRY INTO THE TERRORIST ATTACKS OF SEPTEMBER 11, 2001 –BY THE HOUSE PERMANENT SELECT COMMITTEE ON INTELLIGENCE AND THE SENATE SELECT COMMITTEE ON INTELLIGENCE

    Page 131. …..Al-Hazmi first traveled to Afghanistan in 1993 as a teenager and came into contact with a key al-Qa’ida facilitator in Saudi Arabia in 1994. In 1995, al-Hazmi and al-Mihdhar traveled to Bosnia to fight with other Muslims against the Serbs. Al-Hazmi probably came into contact with al-Qa’ida leader Abu Zubaydah when Zubaydah visited Saudi Arabia in 1996 to convince young Saudis to attend al-Qa’ida camps in Afghanistan. Sometime before 1998, al-Hazmi returned to Afghanistan and swore loyalty to Bin Ladin. He fought against the Northern Alliance, possibly with his brother Salem, another of the hijackers, and returned to Saudi Arabia in early 1999, [page 138] where, [ ], he disclosed information about the East Africa embassy bombings. Al-Mihdhar’s first trip to the Afghanistan training camps was in early 1996. (131) …………….. Page 134. Mohamed Atta lived at Marienstrasse 54 in Hamburg with Bin al-Shibh, Essabar, and Bahaji. Director Tenet testified that, after Bin al-Shibh failed to obtain a U.S. visa, “another cell member,” Essabar, “tried [on two occasions in December 2000] and failed to obtain a visa in January 2001” to travel to Florida while Atta and al-Shehhi were there. Uncorroborated sources report that Essabar was in Afghanistan in late September 2001. Bahaji left Germany on September 3, 2001 for Pakistan. Uncorroborated sources also placed him in Afghanistan in late September 2001.

    DCI Tenet testified that Muhammad Heydar Zammar was an acquaintance of members of Atta’s circle in Hamburg, where Zammar lived. Zammar, a German citizen born in Syria in 1961, was described by DCI Tenet as “a known al-Qa’ida associate,” active in Islamic extremist circles since the 1980s, who trained and fought in Afghanistan in 1991 and in Bosnia in 1995 and returned to Afghanistan a number of times between 1995 and 2000.

    It has been reported that U.S. and German officials believe that Zammar is a pivotal figure in understanding the genesis of the September 11 attacks. DCI Tenet told the Joint [page 141] Inquiry that Zammar “was taken into custody by the Moroccans [ ]” when he traveled to Morocco to divorce his wife and that he was “moved from Morocco into Syrian custody, where he has remained.” It has also been reported that Zammar has provided details about the September 11 attacks to U.S. investigators. According to the DCI, Zammar has said that he met Atta, al-Shehhi, and Jarrah in the late 1990s in Hamburg’s al-Qods mosque and he “persuaded them to travel to Afghanistan to join the jihad.”

    The NSA Director also cautioned in his testimony, “If these hearings were about the war that had broken out in Korea or the crisis in the Taiwan Straits that had taken us by surprise or if we had been surprised by a conflict in South Asia or if we had lost an aircraft over Iraq or if American forces had suffered casualties in Bosnia or Kosovo, in any of these cases I would be here telling you that I had not put enough analysts or linguists against the problem. We needed more analysts and linguists across the agency, period.” 383 TOP SECRET