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    On EU's Doorstep: Radical Islamists Buying Land in Bosnia

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    A number of radical Islamists have bought several hectares of land in Bosnia, revealed by the Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera, raising fears that this trend may contribute to a further spread of terrorism in Europe.

    The Islamists are reported to be financed by Saudi Arabia and Qatar. There are about 2,000 Salafists and Wahabis currently living in the area, the author wrote, saying that Italian authorities are alarmed about the situation.

    Croatian media reported land purchase two years ago, but it apparently played no role in Germany's decision to pursue its open door policy. According to the German newspaper Deutsche Wirtschafts Nachrichten (DWN), such ignorance could prove to be a serious mistake in the near future.

    The plots of land are located in northwestern Bosnia in the canton of Bihac, just a few hundred meters from the border with Croatia. The Islamists are organized into groups led by Bosnian national Husein Bosnic who is now one of the main recruiters of jihadists in Europe.

    Bosnic is said to have been active in Sweden, Austria, Slovenia and Italy. In December, he was sentenced to seven years' imprisonment in Italy for his recruiting activities.

    The convenient location gives the Islamists a good opportunity to enter the Schengen zone. Moreover, there are still large stocks of arms and ammunition in the region left after the war in former Yugoslavia, which could be used by Islamists in their terrorist attacks, DWN wrote.

    Italy has opposed the refugee policy of German Chancellor Angela Merkel from the very beginning. The newspaper warns that Islamists may "export" Sharia law from Bosnia to other European countries and therefore poses a serious threat to European security.


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      Good, should not stop them -freedom fighters! You recruited them, pay them, equipted them, sent them of to kill, and yes, those lucky enough to survive the onslaught should be giving the chance to return and start their life all over again. They may cause no one harm, the most, some signs of post war mental disorder symptoms. 65 years on earth have never seen any one groups of young men volunteered (of course got paid but a political term) in such a large numbers, come all over the planets, and shoot without fears, but ISIL
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      Nothing to worry about, right? NATO, Germany, the USA and the UK chopped up YU so the post-war prospect is looking good. During the YU period no Islamists whatsoever. Post-war, well as we can see, they are settling down to have large families who will strive to become exemplary citizens of Bosnia :)
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      vendorin reply topeaceactivist2(Show commentHide comment)
      peaceactivist2, did not read your comment as I was typing mine. But share the same opinion.
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      Once again it is a situation that could have been avoided if we had not destroyed Serbia in obedience to the U.s.a.
    • Adrienne Adonis
      If the govt of Bosnia knows that land is being purchased by radical Islamist then they can take over the land and freeze the terrorists assets. I don't see what the problem is. ?
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