En turkisk islamist från IHH har
avslöjats av bosniska säkerhets-
tjänsten som en tidigare jihadist
De internationella jihadister som
anmälde sig som frivilliga i Bosnien
under befrielsekriget har blivit ett
stort problem för landet. Många av
dem vägrar att återvända hem och
några har köpt bosniska medborgarskap
av korrupta tjänstemän under kriget.
Nu pågår en rejäl utrensning av mer
eller mindre kriminella islamister.
Bosniska polisen har t o m tvingats
använda pansar mot några byar som
övertagits av utländska jihadister.
Turkiska IHH är en av många islamistiska
stiftelser som opererar på Balkan.
Det mesta, både vad gäller pengar och
propagandamaterial, kommer från Saudi-
Därför kallar de flesta på Balkan islamister
för wahhabister. De ser dem som en utländsk
import som man försöker tvinga på bosnier,
makedonier och albaner.
En främmande importvara, som de absolut
A senior official with the Turkish activist
group IHH who participated in the Gaza-
bound flotilla boarded by the Israeli army
last month served as a foreign fighter
during the civil war in Bosnia.
Osman Atalay, a senior official with IHH,
was on board the ship "Mavi Marmara,"
part of the controversial aid convoy to Gaza,
which was boarded by Israeli commandos
on May 31, according to published reports.
The initials IHH stand for the The Foundation
for Human Rights and Freedoms and
Humanitarian Relief in Turkish.
The charity was created the mid-1990s,
according to published reports, for the purpose
of assisting Bosnian Muslims caught up in the
three-way civil war between Muslims, Croats
and Serbs in the former Yugoslavia.
The war lasted from 1992 to 1995, leaving over
100,000 dead. Several purported charities
created to provide humanitarian assistance
to Bosnian Muslims during the war were,
in reality, funneling weapons and mujahideen
fighters into the country, according to documents
obtained during the making of the documentary
"Sarajevo Ricochet", which debuts at the Kortfilm-
festivalen (Short Film Festival) in Oslo, Norway,
later this month. Jihadist fighters frequently
posed as employees of the charities in order to
secure travel papers. Some mujahideen fighters
were incorporated into the regular Bosnian army.
A relatively small number of foreign volunteers
bypassed the mujahideen and enlisted in the
Some IHH employees served as volunteer
fighters with the Bosnian army, stationed
in the town of Zenica, near the Bosnian capital
of Sarajevo, according to a Bosnian intelligence
document obtained during research on the
The report by the Sarajevo Sector of the Bosnian
National Security Service is dated November 19,
1995, and titled "Citizens, Organizations and
Institutions from Afro-Asian Countries Who
Reside and Operate in Our Area - A Sample of
What We Have Learned and a Suggestion for
Measures to be Taken."
Atalay was enlisted as a soldier of the Bosnian
Army from 1992 to 1994, according to the
document. After serving in the war, the
document states, Atalay became head of the
IHH office in Sarajevo.
A CIA report from the mid-1990s, obtained
for the documentary, claims a director of
IHH in Sarajevo was linked to Iranian
government operatives, but does not
name the person in question