chapter  5
22 Pages

THE NORTH AFRICAN MUJAHIDEEN NETWORK OF THE WESTERN BALKANS

ByEVAN F . KOHLMANN

In the decade that has followed since the signing of the Dayton Peace Accords marking the end of the war in Bosnia-Herzegovina, international investigators have gradually unraveled a micro-history detailing a secretive network of Islamic militants ensconced in the region and conspiring against their local and foreign enemies. This network is dominated overwhelmingly by Sunni Muslim extremists from North Africa and their disaffected brethren in the major cities of Western Europe. With connections spanning from Usama Bin Laden in Afghanistan to Abu Musab al-Zarqawi in Iraq, the North African “AfghanoBosniaks” continue even today to serve a pioneering role in contemporary security threats faced by Western Europe and North America. Unfortunately, the precise nature of this threat continues to be frequently clouded by erroneous propaganda and mistaken media reporting.