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Reported Al Qaeda threat has Praque's Jews on alert "Al Qaeda training in mountains of Macedonia"
Boston Globe ^ | 12/15/2002 | Brian Whitmore

Posted on 12/22/2002 3:01:08 PM PST by Destro

Edited on 04/13/2004 2:08:45 AM PDT by Jim Robinson. [history]

PRAGUE - After morning prayers at a centuries-old synagogue in Prague's Jewish Quarter, a group of men gathered to catch up on the latest news and gossip.

As sunlight streamed through gabled windows into a room strewn with prayer books, shawls, and briefcases, talk grew animated. ''I heard the cousins were in town,'' one man said in Hebrew.

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TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Front Page News
KEYWORDS: alqaeda; balkans; macedonia
Kosovo ist Judenfrei

Ende Juni wurden vier Generationen der Familie Prlincevic und andere Juden zur Flucht aus Pristina gezwungen. Damit ist eine fünfhundertjährige jüdische Besiedlung des Kosovo fast zu Ende.

Obwohl die Flucht dieser vierzig Menschen nur ein Tropfen im Meer der geschätzten 300.000 Nicht-Albaner - größtenteils Serben, Roma und Montenegriner - ist, die aus dem Kosovo geflohen sind, dezimiert ihre Abreise doch den früheren multireligiösen Charakter der Region. Viele Juden hatten geglaubt, sie würden verschont...

(aus: "The Globe and Mail", Kanada, 31. August, zitiert in konkret 11/99) Kosovo is Jew free Four generations of the family Prlincevic became end June and other Jews the flight out of Pristina forced. Therewith a five centennial Jewish settlement of the Kosovo is almost to end.

Although the flight of these forty persons is only a drop in the sea of the appreciated 300.000 not-Albaner - chiefly Serben, Roma and Montenegriner -, that out of the Kosovo implored are, decimates its departure yet the earlier multireligiösen character of the region. Many Jews had believed, they would spare..

Read also: "GOLEM" (Serbs and Jews)

1 posted on 12/22/2002 3:01:08 PM PST by Destro
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To: *balkans
Others spoke of tales they had heard about Al Qaeda operatives training in the mountains of Macedonia for attacks on Jews in Europe.
2 posted on 12/22/2002 3:02:24 PM PST by Destro
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To: sheik yerbouty; TopQuark
3 posted on 12/22/2002 3:03:42 PM PST by Destro
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To: Destro
If NATO is able to locate the vile satanic sons of Islam, just call for an exorcism by means of a napalm run ....
4 posted on 12/22/2002 3:10:44 PM PST by ex-Texan
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To: ex-Texan; bobi
Locate them? NATO put them there (via help to the Albanian UCK)!!
5 posted on 12/22/2002 3:12:57 PM PST by Destro
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To: ex-Texan
NATO and the CIA are Al Qaeda's biggest Allies,next to Germany, in the Balkans, remember a place called Kosovo?
6 posted on 12/22/2002 3:25:41 PM PST by gitmogrunt
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To: Destro
Another terrorist safehaven brought to you by NATO, the EU, the traitor Bill Clinton, the Third Way fascists, and the oh so helpful UN.
7 posted on 12/22/2002 3:46:11 PM PST by Sparta
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To: Destro; Sparta

Osama bin Laden's al-Qaeda terrorist network has been active in the Balkans for years, most recently helping Kosovo rebels battle for independence from Serbia with the financial and military backing of the United States and NATO.

The claim that al-Qaeda played a role in the Balkan wars of the 1990s came from an alleged FBI document former Yugoslav leader Slobodan Milosevic presented in his defence before the Hague tribunal last week. Mr. Milosevic faces 66 counts of war crimes and genocide.

Although Hague prosecutors have challenged the veracity of the document, which Mr. Milosevic identified as a Congressional statement from the FBI dated last December, Balkan experts say the presence of al-Qaeda militants in Kosovo and Bosnia is well documented.

Today, al-Qaeda members are helping the National Liberation Army, a rebel group in Macedonia, fight the Skopje government in a bid for independence, military analysts say. Last week, Michael Steiner, the United Nations administrator in Kosovo, warned of "importing the Afghan danger to Europe" because several cells trained and financed by al-Qaeda remain in the region.

"Many members of the Kosovo Liberation Army were sent for training in terrorist camps in Afghanistan," said James Bissett, former Canadian ambassador to Yugoslavia and an expert on the Balkans. "Milosevic is right. There is no question of their participation in conflicts in the Balkans. It is very well documented."

The arrival in the Balkans of the so-called Afghan Arabs, who are from various Middle Eastern states and linked to al-Qaeda, began in 1992 soon after the war in Bosnia. According to Lenard Cohen, professor of political science at Simon Fraser University, mujahedeen fighters who travelled to Afghanistan to resist the Soviet occupation in the 1980s later "migrated to Bosnia hoping to assist their Islamic brethren in a struggle against Serbian [and for a time] Croatian forces."

The Bosnian Muslims welcomed their assistance. After the Bosnian war, "hundreds of Bosnian passports were provided to the mujahedeen by the Muslim-controlled government in Sarajevo," said Prof. Cohen in a recent article titled Bin Laden and the war in the Balkans. Many al-Qaeda members decided to stay in the region after marrying local Muslim women, he said.

They also set up secret terrorist training camps in Bosnia -- activities financed by the sale of opium produced in Afghanistan and secretly shipped through Turkey and Kosovo into central Europe.

In the years immediately before the NATO bombing of Yugoslavia in 1999, the al-Qaeda militants moved into Kosovo, the southern province of Serbia, to help ethnic Albanian extremists of the KLA mount their terrorist campaign against Serb targets in the region.

The mujahedeen "were financed by Saudi and United Arab Emirates money," said one Western military official, asking anonymity. "They were mercenaries who were not running the show in Kosovo, but were used by the KLA to do their dirty work."

The United States, which had originally trained the Afghan Arabs during the war in Afghanistan, supported them in Bosnia and then in Kosovo. When NATO forces launched their military campaign against Yugoslavia three years ago to unseat Mr. Milosevic, they entered the Kosovo conflict on the side of the KLA, which had already received "substantial" military and financial support from bin Laden's network, analysts say.

In the wake of the Sept. 11 terrorist strikes on the United States, NATO began to worry about the presence in the Balkans of the Islamist terrorist cells it had supported throughout the 1990s.

Copyright © National Post 2002. Reprinted for fair use only.

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8 posted on 12/22/2002 4:00:38 PM PST by uplandgame
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To: uplandgame
The truth from Canada that the American press dare not write lest their political allies be damaged and an uprising of the long sleeping American sheeple takes place.
9 posted on 12/22/2002 5:02:43 PM PST by Destro
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To: Destro
Smite the jihadists wherever they are...
10 posted on 12/22/2002 5:12:51 PM PST by sheik yerbouty
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To: Destro
The truth from Canada that the American press dare not write lest their political allies be damaged I would not give them even that much credit. I think it's embarassment, much like in the case of South Africa: so much effort and hupla, but the results are... embarassing, to put it mildly but more properly, incriminating.
11 posted on 12/22/2002 5:14:26 PM PST by TopQuark
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LINKS OF INTEREST: News: "CAR BOMB ROCKS KOSOVO CAPITAL" (ARTICLE SNIPPET: "An official from Pristina Hospital said 32 people had been admitted and seven were seriously injured. "In Dardania suburb, in Bill Clinton Avenue, a bomb exploded in a car, injuring several people in front of a known restaurant," Barry Fletcher, a spokesman for the UN administration, said.") (121402)

WASHINGTON "BOSNIA PEACE FORCE ON ALERT FOR AL-QAEDA" by Guy Taylor (ARTICLE SNIPPET: "NATO officials confirmed last week that a man, who was detained in October when peacekeepers caught him surveilling the American base outside Tuzla, has "strong ties to al Qaeda." Sabahudin Fijuljanin, a 32-year-old Muslim, has remained in custody in Bosnia since Oct. 26. After his arrest, troops found a rocket-propelled grenade launcher stashed in Fijuljanin's apartment, in addition to numerous Bosnian and other passports, all in his name.") (121402)

Informative Discussion Threads on regarding KOSOVO

12 posted on 12/22/2002 6:04:09 PM PST by Cindy
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LINKS OF INTEREST: "DEMOCRAT SENATOR PRAISES BIN LADEN" by Art Moore (ARTICLE NOTE: The Senator is identifed as Patty Murray, D-Washington.) (122002) "HARKAT LINKED TO U.S. AL QAIDA CELL" by Ian MacLeod, The Ottawa Citizen (ARTICLE SNIPPET: "A U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation agent says accused Ottawa terror suspect Mohamed Harkat recently communicated with suspected al Qaida sleeper cells in the United States.") (121902)


FOX (AP): "CANADA IS HOME TO AL QAEDA SLEEPER CELLS" (ARTICLE SNIPPET: "TORONTO - An Algerian immigrant arrested in Ottawa has links to a senior member of the Al Qaeda terrorist network, Canadian intelligence authorities allege. Mohamed Harkat was awaiting orders to carry out a terrorist attack and his presence in Canada suggests other Al Qaeda associates are in the country, the Canadian Security and Intelligence Service concluded in court documents released Monday. Canadian authorities are considering whether to deport Harkat.") (121702)

THE "'BIN LADEN CELLS IN CANADA'" (ARTICLE SNIPPET: "And for some years now, the intelligence agency has warned that with the possible exception of the United States, there are more international terrorist organizations active in Canada than anywhere in the world.") (121702)


GOOGLE Search Term: "AHMED RESSAM" "'BLUNT' CALLS TO MUSLIMS PROMPT FBI VISIT American Protested Canada's Treatment of Man Convicted of Hate Crimes" by Art Moore (121702)

***THE - THE TORONTO STAR (CANADIAN PRESS): Ottawa. "CANADA ALLOWS IMPORT OF BOMB BOOK" (ARTICLE SNIPPET: "The federal government has approved the importation of a book that gives detailed instructions for making bombs and blowing up bridges, the Ottawa Citizen reported yesterday. Even the author of The Anarchist Cookbook has renounced it as "misguided and potentially dangerous." But the Canada Customs and Revenue Agency says there is nothing to prevent its sale in Canada because it violates neither the hate law nor obscenity law, the newspaper reported.") (121502)

*** SEEKING INFORMATION: "AMER EL-MAATI" akas "Amro Badr Eldin Abou El-Maati, Amro Badr Abouelmaati" (SEEKING INFORMATION POSTER SNIPPET: "Amer El-Maati is being sought in connection with possible terrorist threats in the United States."..."SHOULD BE CONSIDERED ARMED AND DANGEROUS")

*** MOST WANTED TERRORISTS: "IMAD FAYEZ MUGNIYAH" aka "Hajj" (WANTED POSTER SNIPPETS: "Mugniyah is the alleged head of the security apparatus for the terrorist organization, Lebanese Hizballah."..."The Rewards For Justice Program, United States Department of State, is offering a reward of up to $25 million for information leading directly to the apprehension and/or conviction of Imad Fayez Mugniyah."..."SHOULD BE CONSIDERED ARMED AND DANGEROUS")

An Informative Discussion on regarding an article on the INTERNATIONAL HERALD TRIBUNE Online: "TERRORIST SAFE HAVEN IN LATIN AMERICA?" by Larry Rohter, The New York Times (121602)

YAHOO! News (AP): "SWISS-BACKED ARAB BANK DENIES LINKS TO DRUG TRAFFICKING GANG" (ARTICLE SNIPPET: "GENEVA - A Geneva-based Arab bank on Thursday denied any links to an international drug trafficking gang operating in South America, the Middle East and Europe. "Nothing has occurred that would suggest the slightest indication of use of the bank for illicit purposes," Kanz Bank said in a statement. Swiss prosecuting authorities, however, said the bank's Saudi president, Sayef Al-Shaalan, is wanted on suspicion of drug trafficking and financing of trafficking. Al-Shaalan already has been indicted in the United States for allegedly helping fly a two-ton cocaine shipment from Venezuela to France in 1999.") (121902)

13 posted on 12/22/2002 6:10:19 PM PST by Cindy
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14 posted on 12/28/2002 2:39:49 PM PST by kimosabe31
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