Radical Islamist Enclave Growing In South-East Europe

Oliver JJ Lane | Breitbart

Radical Islamist Enclave Growing In South-East Europe
Entrance to the Bosnian village of Gornja Maoca decorated with Islamic State signs. REUTERS

Balkan state and European Union neighbor Bosnia is a “safe-house for radicals” and enjoys a “stable terrorist infrastructure” according to a major German news magazine.

From a population of just 3.8 million an estimated 300 individuals have left 45-per-cent-Muslim Bosnia and Herzegovina, the former Yugoslavian republic, to join the Islamic State. The only nation which has sent more citizens per-capita to the Islamic State is Belgium.

Not only is the nation a feeder state to ISIS, but it is also an exporter of terror and munitions to Western Europe. A profile by German news magazine Spiegel reports findings by the Bosnian security ministry which showed weapons used to attack the Charlie Hebdo offices and the Bataclan concert hall, both in Paris, had come from the nation.

A house in a Bosnian village flies both the black battle and white administrative flags of the Islamic State. REUTERS
A house in a Bosnian village flies both the black battle and white administrative flags of the Islamic State. REUTERS

Now quoting a former National Security Agency (NSA, U.S.A.) officer and expert on the region, the Spiegel article has cast Bosnia as a “sanctuary” for Islamic State fighters and leaders. John Schindler told the magazine that Bosnia is now “considered something of a ‘safehouse’ for radicals”.

The existence of whole areas of the country where Western norms have failed to prevail but are instead run as outposts of the Islamic State have received attention from the European Union and world media, but are officially denied by the Bosnian government.

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