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    Over 100 Daesh Recruits Returned to Bosnia From Syrian Conflict

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    Over 100 Islamic extremists of Bosnian origin have returned to Bosnia and Herzegovina after taking part in the Syrian conflict, Bosnian Interior Minister Dragan Lukac said.

    BELGRADE (Sputnik) — In November 2015, Republika Srpska President Milorad Dodik said that the Daesh terrorist group is receiving large funds via an extremist network built up in Bosnia during the Yugoslav wars, stressing that Bosnia is the fifth largest contributor of foreign fighters to the Daesh.

    "We already have information telling us that over 100 people have returned to Bosnia and Herzegovina from the war in Syria. We are talking particularly about members of the Wahhabist movement that were recruited via illegal underground groups in Bosnia and Herzegovina…They should know that we will react very swiftly and respond much harsher than they expect," Lukac said on Saturday, as quoted by the Radio Televizija Republike Srpske public broadcaster.

    He stressed that Bosnia and the ethnically Serb autonomous Republika Srpska should cooperate in countering the spread of extremism in the country and prevent terrorist acts by militant group members.

    The Interior Ministry is also actively cooperating with the United States, which has sent its instructors to work in its various special departments, the minister added.

    In April, US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) Director John Brennan visited Bosnia for talks with officials in the predominantly Muslim nation on countering terrorism.

    The Daesh militant group controls large areas of Syria and Iraq and is banned in many countries, including Russia. The group is notorious for its brutality and human rights violations, as well as for recruiting people from all over the world via social networks through which it spreads its radical ideology and urges young people to join the group.

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