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    30% of Arab Immigrants in Bosnia Follow Ideology Made Notorious by Daesh

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    Approximately 30 percent of those who moved to Bosnia and Herzegovina from the Arab world, primarily the Gulf states, follow Wahhabism and Salafism, movements within Sunni Islam given a bad name by terrorist groups, including al-Qaeda and Daesh, Brankica Ristic wrote for Sputnik Serbia.

    "There is clearly nothing wrong with Arabs flocking to Bosnia. However, the issue is that approximately 30 percent of the newcomers follow Wahhabism and Salafism, primarily known because organizations like al-Qaeda and Daesh adhere to these movements," she said.

    According to some estimates, more than 40,000 Arabs live in the capital of Sarajevo, Ristic added.

    "The Ministry of Security is aware of these numbers. It has carried out investigations targeting real estate companies and other businesses established by the Arabs in Bosnia. As a result, 30 nationals from Arab countries were deported from Bosnia and forbidden to enter the Balkan nation due to their ties to Daesh and other radical groups," she detailed.

    Arab immigrants coming to the Balkan nation "are purchasing lands and real estate en masse" in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Ristic said, adding that the deals are brokered by companies that belong to Bakir Izetbegovic.

    Ristic was referring to the Chairman of the Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina and the president of the Party of Democratic Action (SDA). Izetbegovic recently said that Sarajevo would challenge the International Court of Justice's 2007 ruling that cleared Serbia of genocide charges relating to the Bosnian War which broke out in 1992 and lasted until 1995.

    "Media outlets in Bosnia have engaged in guess work on why Izetbegovic was 'rocking the boat.' His enormous personal wealth, including two apartments in Istanbul, a villa in Bosnia, a shopping mall in Sarajevo and offshore companies, has been mentioned as the key reason," she explained. "Some media outlets think that he received the majority of his assets during the war through assistance that Saudi Arabia and other Muslim nations provided to fellow believers."

    Sarajevo-based political analyst Zlatko Hadzidedic suggested that the Bosniak politician was not acting in the best interests of Bosnia or its people since any activities which have not been coordinated with other institutions are detrimental to the country.

    "Any potential benefits from finding Serbia guilty of the Srebrenica massacre are nothing compared to the risk of ruining government institutions in Bosnia," he said.

    Other members of the tripartite Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina do not support Izetbegovic's initiative.

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    • Rick Sanchez
      And this is a surprise? When will people understand where this version of Islam is coming from and who is spreading it all over the world?
    • Mikhas
      The "bosniaks" and their little wahhabi Orc-producing factory have based their entire existence as such on western fake propaganda and genocide charges. It now falls apart as quickly as the truth is revealed.
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      And on the West side nothing new, all quiet and no one speaks a word. All of a sudden no one remembers NATO involvement and obligations. They even pretend to deny and forget agreements with Saudi Arabia that they will have priority in reconstruction of Sarajevo and other Muslim parts of Bosnia.

      Well let me remind you that Saudi limited their financial investments primarily on building mosques and religious schools and as far as housing is concern Saudis reserved rights to build new housings for Arabs who were fighting for Bosniaks and wanted to stay in Bosnia. Bosnian government issued thousands of citizenship documents to known Muslim terrorists.

      Now NATO and EU in particular do not want any part in it because in last couple of years Gulf states started total rearmament and that means hundreds of billions US$ into EU and USA pockets.
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