ATbar Trifunovic, Darko (Dr.)

Trifunovic, Darko (Dr.)

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Islamic Radicalization Processes in South East Europe


Fears regarding Islamic extremism in Bosnia-Herzegovina have emerged following a recent series of attacks, provocations and activities of Bosnian Wahabbis. This situation illustrates the growing tension between the moderate majority and the vocal extremist minority among Bosnian Muslims, the largest of the fragmented country’s three main ethnic groups. While the international community has monitored the small communities of naturalized Middle Eastern immigrants who first came as fighters in the 1992-1995 war, concerns have shifted to potential terrorist plots by Bosnian Muslim who has chosen to live in isolation in remote towns under self-proclaimed Islamic law. The Wahhabi movement, a conservative school of Islam that originated in Saudi Arabia some 200 years ago, has been growing in strength in Bosnia since the end of the 1992-95 War. Hundreds of Islamic fighters who are adherents to the Wahhabi tradition, and who fought alongside Bosnian Muslim forces during the war, remained in the country - with many marrying local women, establishing Islamic organizations and largely contributing to the rapid radicalization of existing Muslim population.

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Financial Infrastructure of Islamic Extremists in the Balkans

The international community is facing a major dilemma concerning the ways and means of combating Islamic extremists. One impediment is that Islamic terrorists use the very sensitive issue of religion to propagate their dark ideas. Fact is that nations that sponsor terrorism, active terrorist cells and the widespread terrorist network – whose methods and activities we have tried to describe in this study –represent a serious threat to the entire humanity. There is no cure for this kind of evil save for international cooperation, exchange of information and prevention. One remedial action could be the multilateral destruction of the Afghan poppy fields, because heroin coming from that country represents 78% of the world production, and is the main source of income to Islamic terrorists. Additionally, nations sponsoring terrorism should face international penalties.
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