Balkans: January 13, 2004


Several sources are once again reporting active Al Qaeda recruitment in Bosnia. These sources run from speculation in the Bosnian press to unofficial statements by SFOR. The specific targets of Al Qaeda recruiters are Bosniak Muslims who have become Wahabi (the conservative form of Islam from Saudi Arabia). The Al Qaeda recruiters are identified as Islamist mujahadeen fighters who came to Bosnia for the war against Serbia, married Bosnian women, and have stayed on in Bosnia. One report had Bosnian recruits fighting in Chechnya. As Europeans, it is assumed Al Qaeda believes the Bosnians are better able to slip through police and transportation security checks.




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