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Growing Leftist-Jihadist Linkages Highlighted by January 12, 2007, Attack on US Embassy
Defense & Foreign Affairs ^ | 1/19/07 | By GIS Staff

Posted on 02/26/2007 1:25:58 PM PST by Bokababe

Defense & Foreign Affairs Special Analysis - January 19, 2007, Friday

Analysis. By GIS Staff. Reliable sources indicate that the Chinese-built RPG-7 rocket-propelled grenade fired at the US Embassy in Athens on January 12, 2007, was supplied to the leftist Greek terrorist organization, Revolutionary Struggle, by the Albanian jihadist -linked group, the Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA/UCK).

The confirmation of the link demonstrates the growing linkages between anti-Western leftist terrorist groups and anti-Western Islamist jihadi groups, and there is some suggestion that the reappearance of Revolutionary Struggle may have been prompted directly by support received from the cash-rich KLA.

The KLA itself, now operating under a variety of new front names, is itself a nominally nationalist-based group which owes much of its origin to the ultra-Stalinist Hoxha-style Albanian political movement which was displaced by the end of the Cold War and the collapse of communism. But with the links through Albanian Muslims -- and particularly Albanian Muslims living in the Serbian province of Kosovo -- to the al-Qaida terrorist movement, and later to Iranian intelligence operatives, the KLA has now become an integral part of the jihadist movement in Europe, essentially controlling the illicit trade in narcotics, white slaving (prostitution), and arms to fund and equip terrorist operations.

The KLA link with Revolutionary Struggle, then, is logical. Moreover, it should be expected that the KLA/jihadist linkage into the Greek ultra-left groups will be facilitated by the injection of funds -- derived from narco-trafficking -- and weapons into the Greek groups. The ideological "purity" of the Greek leftist groups will ultimately begin to disintegrate as they focus on what is possible through the acquisition of illegal funds and weapons, as was the case with, for example, the Irish Republican Army (IRA) in its various forms, and many of the South American terrorist/insurgency groups which developed a "lifestyle" based on criminal activities. Indeed, the jihadist groups and other Middle Eastern radical groups also have traditionally allowed themselves to be distorted by (a) availability of sources of funding, and (b) tactical opportunism.

In the case of the KLA-Greek leftist linkages, geographic contiguity is a key factor in the development of relations, compounded by the reality of the large number of Albanian nationals now resident in Greece. As well, the links which many of the older leftist Greek groups maintained with the former Greek ruling socialist PASOK Party, and PASOK's clandestine support for jihadist terrorist groups and radical militias -- such as the Palestinian Force 17 -- facilitated an historic set of linkages between radical leftism and Islamist jihadism in South-Eastern Europe.

The revival of anti-US terrorist activities in Greece, and throughout the Balkans, therefore, should be expected to occur during 2007, particularly associated with the attempts by the KLA to ensure international recognition for an independent Kosovo. Ironically, this objective is supported by the US State Dept., the very target of the Revolutionary Struggle rocket attack.

See Defense & Foreign Affairs Special Analysis, January 12, 2007: Rocket Attack Against US Embassy in Athens Signals Resurgence of Greek Leftist Terrorism .

TOPICS: Editorial; Foreign Affairs; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: athens; balkans; greece; greekleftists; greekterrorists; islam; kla; kosovo; wot

1 posted on 02/26/2007 1:26:03 PM PST by Bokababe
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To: joan; Smartass; zagor-te-nej; Lion in Winter; Honorary Serb; jb6; Incorrigible; DTA; ma bell; ...

2 posted on 02/26/2007 1:27:44 PM PST by Bokababe (
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To: Bokababe
XINHUA (Beijing) www.chinaview. cn 2007-02-25 05:35:17

Albania thanks U.S. for supporting Kosovo plan

"TIRANA, Feb. 7 (Xinhua) -- Albanian Prime Minister Sali Berishaon Wednesday expressed his full gratitude to the United States for its support of the UN special envoy's plan on the solution of Kosovo's final status.

Berisha told visiting U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Rosemary DiCarlo that international community should also consider giving economic aid to Kosovo, which faces poverty, unemployment and other serious social and economic problems.

UN envoy Martti Ahtisaari presented last week a plan in Belgrade and Pristina which Kosovo embraced while Serbia rejected out of hand for the very reason that it would pave the way for Kosovo's eventual independence.

For years, Albania has been the strongest supporter of Kosovo's independence, although it said it had no territorial ambition over the province. "

Don't know which is more unbelievable -- that Albania is pressing for Kosovo Albanian independence, meanwhile sayiong that it has "no territorial ambition" -- the fact that Kosovo Albanians are already seeking to get on the dole when they haven't even gotten independence yet -- or that the US is backing all of this, knowing that we are going to have to pay for it!

3 posted on 02/26/2007 1:40:55 PM PST by Bokababe (
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To: Bokababe
we are going to have to pay for it


4 posted on 02/26/2007 1:55:56 PM PST by A. Pole (XIV century English rhyme: "When Adam delved and Eve span, who was the gentleman?")
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To: Bokababe

BTTT for others to read

5 posted on 02/26/2007 2:47:23 PM PST by MadelineZapeezda (Madeline Albright ZaPeezda, (3 votes here to Duncan Hunter in 08))
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Hey, I thought we saved these Kosovars !

Aren't they grateful ?

No ?

Must be that ROP thing.

6 posted on 02/26/2007 4:48:27 PM PST by happygrl
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Hey, the Islamic world sent us their thank you for Kosovo on Sept. 11, 2001. Did you miss it? ;-)

7 posted on 02/26/2007 4:50:44 PM PST by FormerLib (Sacrificing our land and our blood cannot buy protection from jihad.-Bishop Artemije of Kosovo)
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To: happygrl
"Hey, I thought we saved these Kosovars !"

We did. Now they want us to support them while they try to kill us!

8 posted on 02/26/2007 5:41:19 PM PST by Bokababe (
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Its an outsourcing issue, since its too expensive to shoot ourselves we have to outsource it to the mohammedans, they are much cheaper.

9 posted on 02/27/2007 9:11:19 AM PST by montyspython (Love that chicken from Popeye's)
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