The news of the Arabic village follows on from revelations last year that Islamic State militants had established a stronghold in a picturesque village in mainland Europe where everyone is “ready to respond to the summons to jihad.”
“Investors, mostly from Arab countries, have been building a mass illegal settlement in Bosnia and Herzegovina by ignoring local laws and spatial plans, despite regulations and penalties, the Centre for Investigative Journalism (CIN) announced on Tuesday From Sarajevo.”
“Some of his major ideas which, at the time, seemed beyond belief include: spreading political antisemitism and anti-Zionism to the Third World and bringing about the Islamization of Europe by encouraging mass migration in order to change its demographics and to undermine its Christian traditions and culture.”
The war in Balkan and beginning of Iran’s influence
Iranians put their feet on the ground in Bosnia and Herzegovina just six months after the war had started. Iran sent thousands of its IRGC fighters as staff members of Iran’s Red Crescent. This was confessed by brigadier Saeed Kasemy, a field commander in Bosnia and Herzegovina at that time. On June 2, 1994, the Washington Times wrote that 400 fighters of IRGC entered Bosnia in May of 1994, according to intelligence sources.
At that time, some intelligence sources reported that 3,000-4,000 fighters of IRGC were based in Bosnia in addition to 400 fighters of the Lebanese Hezbollah.
In 1992 the New York Times reported that the Bosnian President Alija Izetbegovic himself made an official state visit to Tehran where he met with Iranian leaders and, while appearing on Iranian television, threatened to
use poison gas against the Serbian people.
During his visit he attended a ceremony during which his delegation laid a wreath on the tomb of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, the leader of “Iran’s Islamic revolution”.
Hashemi Rafsanjani, the Iranian President at the time, gave assurances to the new Bosnian President that “more significant aid” would be forthcoming…” with senior Iranian officials calling for “retaliatory measures against the Serbs by Muslims across the world” “ in response to what they described was “a new Crusade of Christians against Muslims.”
But the Muslim Bosnian Leadership weren’t just traveling to Tehran. They were visiting Washington too—meeting, in fact, with the leader of the Free World.
On March 26, 1993, just six months after Izetbegovic visited Ayatollah Khomeini’s tomb, he was received by the newly inaugurated President of the United States: Bill Clinton.
Introduction: Promoting Iranian Influence in Bosnia
Although many details await a truthful accounting from the White House, the main outlines of the Administration’s Iran-Bosnia policy were laid out in The Los Angeles Times’ April 4, 1996 report breaking the story:
“President Clinton secretly gave a green light to covert Iranian arms shipments into Bosnia in 1994 despite a United Nations arms embargo that the United States was pledged to uphold and the Administration’s own policy of isolating Tehran globally as a supporter of terrorism, according to senior Administration officials and other sources. Two top U.S. diplomats, acting on instructions from the White House and the State Department, told Croatian President Franjo Tudjman in early 1994 that the United States would not object to the creation of an arms pipeline that would channel the weapons through Croatia and into Bosnia-Herzegovina….after consultations with National Security Adviser Anthony Lake and Deputy Secretary of State Strobe Talbott….The operation continued until January of this year, even after nearly 20,000 American troops began to be deployed as peacekeepers in Bosnia, Clinton Administration officials said.”
“When French commandos stormed an isolated chalet in Bosnia on February 15, 1996, they found a terrorist training center replete with sniper rifles, rocket launchers, and explosives disguised as children’s toys. Later that month, IFOR arrested three Iranians manning this terrorist camp.
And Iran’s influence is not limited to Iranians coming to Bosnia. The New York Times on March 3, 1996 quoted a senior European military officer as stating that his government had evidence that Bosnia sent troops to Iran. He rightly suggested that ideological indoctrination represented an even bigger threat to the West than the technical training those troops received.”