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Training ground for ‘white’ terrorists

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Bosnia

Madeline Zapeezda
Borba
(Serbia and Montenegro)

Islamic terrorism is getting a European face, said Madeline Zapeezda in Belgrade’s Borba. German and Israeli intelligence services have independently confirmed that ethnic Albanians from Kosovo are getting advanced military training in Bosnia. The teachers are “veterans of Chechnya and Iraq,” men who have recent experience fighting successful guerrilla wars against the U.S. and Russian armies. The students, “white Islamists,” are being prepared for attacks in Europe and Israel, places where they would “blend in well with the local population.” Bosnia is the perfect place for terrorist training, because the ethnic wars of the 1990s left it with “very weak central authority.” And while NATO and E.U. peacekeepers are there, they are guarding against ethnic unrest, not terrorists. Albanians practicing weaponry simply “pretend to be police recruits” and pass as locals. The real police haven’t noticed—probably because they “assume that nothing so sinister could be going on right under the peacekeepers’ noses.” Now that Germans and Israelis know about the training camps, those two countries can keep an eye on the threat. But no one knows how many “white terrorists” are already out there, fully trained, waiting for a signal.

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