Islamic Terror and the Balkans

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Transaction Publishers, 2007 - Political Science - 218 pages

The disintegration of Yugoslavia in the early 1990s ended the Yugoslavian Federation, which for nearly fifty years had succeeded in preserving a delicate coexistence among the ethnic, religious, and national components contained within it. Following this, the Balkans became a violent arena of confrontation due to these warring factions. "Islamic Terror and the Balkans" describes and analyzes the growth of radical Islam in the Balkans from its inception during the years of World War II to the present.

Shay's account shows how the Bosnian War between the Muslims and the Serbs provided the historical opportunity for radical Islam to penetrate the Balkans, at a time when the Muslim world, headed by Iran and the various Islamic terror organizations, including Al-Qaida, came to the aid of the Muslims in Bosnia. In the framework of the mobilization of these entities in aiding the Muslim side in the conflict, the operational and organizational infrastructure of Iranian intelligence and the Revolutionary Guards was established, as well as those operated by other Islamic terror organizations.

When war in Bosnia ended, terrorist infrastructures remained in the Balkans and served as a basis for these entities' intervention in the confrontation that developed in the Balkans in the late-1990s, specifically in Kosovo and Macedonia. Today, the Balkans serve as a forefront on European soil for Islamic terror organizations, which exploits this area to promote their activities in Western Europe, Russia, and other focal points worldwide. Shay's analysis of terror activity in the aftermath of the September 11 attacks and exposure of terror cells throughout the world, and particularly in Europe, attest to the increasing involvement of the "Balkan alumni" and of the terrorist infrastructure from this area in creating global terror activity.

"Shaul Shay" has served in various senior capacities in Israel's intelligence community. He is a research fellow at the International Counter-terrorism Policy Institute at the Interdisciplinary Center in Herzliya and heads the Israel Defense Forces' Department of History. An expert on international and Fundamentalist Islamic terrorism, he has published studies and articles in Israel and abroad and written ten books on the subject including "The Axis of Evil," "The Red Sea Terror Triangle," and "The Shahids" (all Transaction).

 

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Contents

The Development of Radical IslamFrom Local Jihad
3
Summary
14
The Background
39
Alija Ali Izetbegovic
40
The Muslim Bosnian Army
53
The Background of the War in Kosovo
79
Involvement of Islamic Terror Organizations in Kosovo
88
AlbaniaBackground
95
the Balkans
123
Bin Laden Zawaheiri and Al Qaida Infrastructures in the Balkans
140
Trends in the Development of Islamic Terror in the Balkans
168
Bin Ladens Islamic Terror as an Expression of
177
Failing States and Ungoverned Regions UGRs
192
Summary
199
Appendices
205
Index
215

The Terror Infrastructures of the Egyptian Jihad in Albania
101
BackgroundThe Conflict in Macedonia
111

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About the author (2007)

Shaul Shay served twenty-seven years in the Israel Defense Forces as a paratrooper officer and in military intelligence, and also served as head of the Israel Defense Forces Military History Department for seven years. Currently, he is senior research fellow of the International Policy Institute for Counter-Terrorism (ICT) at the Interdisciplinary Center Hereliya (IDC), Israel. His many books include Islamic Terror Abductions in the Middle East andThe Axis of Evil: Iran, Hiballah, and the Palestinian Terror.

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