Skip to comments.America's Jihad in Europe: CIA and al-Qaida in the Balkans
Posted on 05/01/2005 9:14:03 AM PDT by Destro
Cover of Jürgen Elsässer's book "Wie der Dschihad nach Europa kam. Gotteskrieger und Geheimdienste auf dem Balkan" (How Jihad came into Europe. Holy Warriors and Secret Services on the Balkans"), published by NP-Buchverlag, 243 p., 19.90 Euro (ISBN: 3-85326-376-3)
Jürgen Elsässer is the author of 12 books, 5 of which deal with the Balkans. He'll contribute his expertise at the May conference on Islamic terror influence in the Balkans.
America's Jihad in Europe
CIA and al-Qaida in the Balkans
Outline of the book Wie der Dschihad nach Europa kam: Gotteskrieger und Geheimdienste auf dem Balkan, which will go on sale in Germany in March 2005 by Jürgen Elsässer.
The main suspects 9/11 attacks fought during the Nineties in the Balkans. Only an hours flight from European centers such as Vienna and Munich, they trained in merciless combat against the infidels with the support of the CIA and other Western intelligence agencies.
While the mainstream press and standard literature about al-Qaida describe the activities of the terrorists on all other continents at length, the jihadists' European deployment area has been largely ignored. In particular in the Bosnian civil war, several thousand Muslims from Arabic countries and Iran fought alongside their Muslim brethren against the Christians, i.e. Croats and Serbs. As in the Eighties in Afghanistan, the US Administration did a deal with the devil: in violation of the UNarms embargo, Washington supplied the holy warriors with sophisticated weaponry.
Osama bin Laden received a passport from the pro-Western government in Sarajevo, and hundreds of his followers settled permanently in Bosnia and Albania. From there, U.S. secret agents funneled them into Kosovo and Macedonia, while others headed for Vienna and Hamburg where they prepared the inferno of Sept. 11th.
The book is a result of several years of investigation, and is based on Anglo-American, French, German and Serbo-Croatian sources, as well as on information provided by intelligence experts on the Balkans and members of the UN mission to Bosnia, and on numerous visits there.
The Afghan alliance between the USA and the mujahedin was revived in the Balkans, and therefore it was no surprise that the main suspects of 9/11 obtained their baptism of fire there (Chapter 1). Because of its history, Bosnia-Herzegovina offered ideal conditions for establishing a jihad front (Chapter 2). But it was only due to Western interference that the radical Muslims and supporters of Holy War were able to oust the moderate Muslim politicians in Bosnia in the early Nineties (Chapter 3). Vienna was at first the control center for the arms smuggling operations to support the jihad, and it was there that Osama bin Laden obtained a Bosnian passport (Chapter 4). The Bosnian Muslim army was formed with the help of money and volunteers from the Islamic world; Bin Laden himself discussed the details with the Bosnian President Alija Izetbegovic (Chapter 5). Foreign jihadis in particular committed terrible atrocities in the course of the three-year-long civil war (1992-1995), and even some of the massacres attributed to the Serbs may have been committed by them (Chapter 6).
However, the combat effectiveness of the holy warriors was low at first; this changed only after Bill Clinton became US President in 1993 and organized the secret supply of arms themin cooperation with the USs arch enemy Iran (Chapter 7). Military men assigned to the UN peacekeeping mission, who had observed the breach of the UN arms embargo, were pressured by US intelligence to keep silent (Chapter 8). The most important player in this Bosniagate was the Pentagon contractor MPRI (Chapter 9), which also supervised the Bosnian Army after the Dayton Agreement of 1995 (Chapter 10). Instead of removing the fundamentalists as the official American legend has it, MPRI put the most able jihadis on its payroll, trained them in Albania, which by now was also infiltrated by bin-Ladens associates (Chapters 11 and 12) and sent them to support the Albanian terrorist movement KLA [= UCK] in Kosovo and Macedonia (Chapter 13).
The bulk of these activities was financed by Saudi-American humanitarian foundations, in which bin-Laden played only a minor role (Chapter 14). Indeed, one begins to wonder whether al-Qaida is not more a PR invention of US foreign policy than an actually active organization, especially since many of the top terrorists are suspected of working Western intelligence agencies as well (chapter 17). One example is the main suspects of 9/11 (Chapter 18), especially the two alleged masterminds of the plot (Chapter 19).
In any case, thanks to Western patronage, a terrorist bridgehead has been established in Bosnia-Herzegovina that threatens the further development of the country itself (Chapter 15), as well as the security of the whole European continent (Chapter 16). Furthermore, significant movements of jihadis and transports between the Balkans and Chechnya have been observed for several years (Chapter 20). But this is not seen as a danger by Western politicians and media, because the US oil lobby has already cast an eye on the Russian fossil-fuel reserves (epilogue).
About the author
Jürgen Elsässer (*1957) is the author of numerous books on German foreign policy. His classic book about the war against Yugoslavia "Kriegsverbrechen" ("War Crimes") was praised by the leading Vienna daily Die Presse: "If Joschka Fischer has to resign then hopefully because of this [book]". For years, Elsässer was the Editor of the Hamburg political magazine Konkret, and works now for the daily Junge Welt and weekly Freitag, both based in Berlin.
Bibliography Jürgen Elsässer
Antisemitismus - das alte Gesicht des neuen Deutschland (Dietz-Verlag, Berlin, 1992)
Wenn das der Führer hätte erleben dürfen (KVV Konkret-Verlag, Hamburg, 1995)
Vorwärts und vergessen? (zus. mit Sahra Wagenknecht KVV Konkret-Verlag, Hamburg, 1996)
Braunbuch DVU (Vorwort Jürgen Trittin, KVV-Konkret Verlag, Hamburg,1998)
Nie wieder Krieg ohne uns. Das Kosovo und die neue deutsche Geopolitik (KVV Konkret-Verlag, Hamburg, 1999)
Die Fratze der eigenen Geschichte (zus. mit Andrei S. Markovits Elefantenpress, Berlin, 1999) Kriegsverbrechen. Die tödlichen Lügen der Bundesregierung und ihre Opfer im Kosovo-Konflikt (KVV Konkret-Verlag, Hamburg, 2000) *
Make Love and War. Wie Grüne und 68er die Republik verändern (Pahl-Rugenstein-Verlag, Bonn, 2002)
Deutschland führt Krieg. Seit dem 11. September wird zurückgeschossen (KVV Konkret-Verlag, Hamburg, 2002)
Der deutsche Sonderweg. Historische Last und politische Herausforderung (Diederichs-Verlag, München, 2003)
Kriegslügen. Vom Kosovokonflikt zum Milosevic-Prozeß (Kai Homilius-Verlag, Berlin, 2004)**
*Ratni Zlocini (Jasen, Beograd, April 2002)
*Menzogne di guerra (La Citta del Sole, Napoli, July 2002)
*La RFA dans la guèrre au Kosovo (LHarmattan, Paris, December 2002)
** Ratne Lazi (Jasen, Beograd, April 2005)
Don't forget: Iraqi Lt. Colonel Nuri Salif Muhamed.
On the night of July 18-19, 1998, that group had two misfortunes. The first was " meeting" a patrol of the Yugoslav Army Border Control. The second, the group was supposed to be led, by a Lt. Colonel in the Iraqi army, Nuri Salif Muhamed, who had attempted to enter Kosovo, from the other side, from Serbia, but members of the Interior Miniistry of Serbia arrested him in time, in the village of Resen, near Bosilegrad.
However, the combat effectiveness of the holy warriors was low at
first; this changed only after Bill Clinton became US President in 1993
and organized the secret supply of arms themin cooperation with the
USs arch enemy Iran <<<<<<<
Mr. President, we salute you! Even Heaven won't be able to help us if your wife gets elected president.
This is an anti-American hit piece by an anti-American Euro-leftie whose vitriol is primarily aimed at President Bush & the United States. He works for a left-wing paper in Germany and his work is normally found on such sites as International Answer/ACT-UP, the World Socialist Web Site and, this time, on FReeRepublic because his propaganda that the FBI, the CIA and our U.S. defense contractors are in cahoots with Al Qaeda is conducive to the usual lies promulgated by our resident Milosevic apologists.
Destro, you sure know how to "cure" Mark's Serbophobia...hehe...but I honestly doubt, he'll accept the truth...
Just like your hero Soros......
You're exactly right about how Soros & the author of this piece have similar anti-American and anti-Bush political outlooks.
I certainly won't accept the author's contentions that our CIA, FBI, and Defense Department were training, equipping, organizing and controlling al Qaeda in the Balkans and that the 9-11 hijackers "worked for U.S. secret services" in order to advance the "Pentagon-Version of 9/11."
How about you, dj? Or are you just ready to accept any anti-American clap-trap as long as it serves your greater cause of exculpation for Serbian war-crimes in the Balkans?
Well...I guess, for Soros-Mark this is all "Serbian" propaganda...
Anti-American clap-trap...???...Funny you're sayin' that...Cause in "Serbianna's" case, I know in fact, that they were calling upon Serbian-Americans to go out and vote for Bush....
To protect America, you have to clean out the misstakes our goverment was makin in the past...And arming and training the common enemy is one of'em...
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Sounds like "anti-american" propaganda to me, right...???
They certainly seem to be in bed together!
And if it doesn't paint the Serbs as the single threat to peace in the Balkans, marky-mark says the Serbs made it all up!
Your articles are notable for how little they actually mention al Qaeda and, in fact, support the opposite, e.g.:
No observer doubts that the large majority of fighters that have flocked to the KLA during the past year or so (since it began large-scale military operations) are ordinary Kosovo Albanians who desire what they see as the liberation of their homeland from foreign rule.
Further undermining your own argument, your 6+ years old links predict all sorts of dire consequences for American troops in the Balkans--conseqences which have not come to pass as evidenced by not a single American casualty to hostile action in either Kosovo or Bosnia over the past 9 years.
dj, in your zeal to justify Serb atrocities in the Balkans, you are supporting a classic example of the blame America for 9-11 B.S. that proliferates on anti-American and leftist venues.
Justify atrocities...???...Show me where I justified Serb atrocities...!!!
I don't blame America....I blame your heroes Clinton, Albright, Holbrook etc...and people like you, who failed to catch Osama, when they had the chance to do so...Instead chasing him down, you and your friends were busy destroying my country, what never was a threat to the USA or the American people...
I am "left" just like Curt Weldon, Voinovich or Dan Burton...
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