By Evan F. Kohlmann
Those who argue that "Bosnia's Muslims are secular" are just partially right in that they *were* secular. The Bosnian struggle opened the doorways of chance and hardline, radical Muslims got here in the course of the threshold. such a lot Muslims do not trip part means the world over to struggle a warfare along Muslim "brothers" who do not even percentage a standard language except they're jihadists and make it their life's objective to serve Allah by way of fighting the kafirs anyplace there's a desire. those similar participants introduced their jihadi abilities to Bosnia and shaped the El-Mujahedin Brigade. To the unskilled Bosnian Muslims, those have been precise jihad execs. They provided to assist educate the locals in jihadi strategies yet a part of this education incorporated classes in "true Islam" simply because, as secular Muslims, they have been practising Islam "incorrectly." lengthy tale brief, lots of those international warring parties remained in Bosnia, married locals, all started households, bought jobs with NGOs who all started paying locals and offering them with providers the post-war Bosnian executive couldn't offer, and, in doing so, have confirmed a strategy of indoctrination. Sarajevo is a truly European-like urban, yet spend a while in entrance of the King Fahd mosque (established and owned by way of Saudi Arabia) and spot the lengthy bearded, essentially dressed males strolling out and in for prayer and sermons. visit Gornja Maoca, Jajce, Zenica, etc., and notice the "secular" Bosnian ladies lined from head to toe as they'd be in the other "non-secular" Islamic nation. Then, learn many of the press articles to determine what percentage of those "secular" forms were pointed out on fees of varied terrorist-acts. Secular Bosnia exists not more. The saddest factor is this transformation occurred correct less than the noses of some of the western peacekeeping forces.
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As he grew older, Wahiudeen became ‘heavily involved’ in the Muslim Brotherhood, the comparatively mainstream Islamist opposition party in Egypt. However, like many radical Egyptian fundamentalists, he grew tired of the mostly non-violent approach of the Brotherhood, and Wahiudeen instead chose to join the anti-Soviet jihad in Afghanistan seeking to help establish a new Islamic empire. He enlisted in a mujahideen training camp, and grew to be an unusually proficient guerrilla soldier. His teacher at the camp ‘took notice of Wahiudeen’s quick learning of the arts of war’ and assigned him to train new recruits as they arrived at the camp.
32 Religious and political leadership figures were critical at this stage – but so were experienced military advisors and commanders. With proper guidance, the early rookie mistakes made in combat in Afghanistan could perhaps be leapfrogged in Bosnia. Enaam Arnaout had provided some of the muscle straight from Al-Qaida’s training camps in Afghanistan – and these men were not alone. In the weeks following the initial ethnic Serb rebellion in April 1992, Anwar Shaaban had met with a group of ‘leading [military] personalities from the Afghan jihad’ and agreed on the necessity of establishing a significant mujahideen presence in Bosnia.
30 Shaaban’s influence also extended to a number of other Italian fundamentalist clerics, such as Mohamed Ben Brahim Saidani, a Tunisian volunteer fighter in Bosnia and Imam of a mosque on Massarenti Street in Bologna, Italy. Saidani had been one of a number of participants in a guerrilla training course held in Afghanistan in 1993. Upon his return to Italy, he quickly convinced thirty of his local – 22 – Jihad Comes to Bosnia followers to enlist in the foreign mujahideen brigade active in Bosnia.
Al-Qaida's Jihad in Europe: The Afghan-Bosnian Network by Evan F. Kohlmann