Bin Laden’s Terroristen Financier: Yassin Kadi verklagt das Finanzministerium auf 12 Millionen $ Entschädigung

Yassin Kadi, hat natürlich US Pass, erhielt in den USA rund um den korrupten Pentagon, Regierungs Aufträge. Finanzierte die Kopf Abhacker in Bosnien schon und Izbegovic, wo Bin Laden persönlich im Präsidenten Palast auftauchte in 1993. Aushänge Schild uralter Geldwäsche und Terroristen Financiers, welche vor über 20 Jahren in Albanien und Bosnien inklusive Bin Laden auftauchten.

Albanian Secret Service Chief Fatos Klosi in 16.5.1998 in der “Albania” durch den Albanischen Geheimdienst Chef Fatos Klosi: KLA (UCK) is financed by Bin Laden
Albanian Secret Service Chief Fatos Klosi in 16.5.1998 in der “Albania” durch den Albanischen Geheimdienst Chef Fatos Klosi: KLA (UCK) is financed by Bin Laden

Im Februar 2012, wird der Jordanier [16] Hamze Abu Rajan (Hamzeh Abu Rayan) zu 4 Jahren Haft verurteilt, als Ex-Manager der Yassin Kadi Firma: Loxhall Sh.P.K.

Die Flucht Welle im Balkan vor über 20 Jahren, heute in Syrien hat die Ursache in der Gestalt des Bin Laden Terroristen Financier Yassin Kadi, der in Tirana herumtobte, in Bosnien, seine Banden im Kosovo aktiv waren mit 400 Nah-Ost Ausbildern im Terrorismus auch in Nord Albanien Anfang 1998. Beschlagnahmt im Auftrage der Amerikaner auch wegen Geldwäsche, über die American Bank of Albania in 2004.

Weil man den Terroristen Financier für die Syrien Zerstörung brachte, wurde er von der Internationalen Terroristen Liste gestrichen im Oktober 2012, seine in Albanien beschlagnahmten (im Auftrage von G. Bush, des US Schatz Amtes) Immobilien, Bankkonten (natürlich American Bank of Albanis, ein USAID, AAEF Produkt 36 Bankkonten, 20 Appartments in den Blauen Doppeltürmen in Tirana)

Wegen schlechter Verwaltung, der beschlagnahmten Immobilien klagt nun Yassin Kadi, gegen das Finanzministerium und die beauftragte Firma „“Loxhall”, auf 12 Millionen $ Schadens Ersatz. Die Firma gibt es seit 1993, wo es heute nur ca. 20 Firmen gibt, die über 20 Jahre bestehen. Handels Register Auszug. Arben Malaj, der Finanzminister handelte damals absolut korrekt, weil Yassin Kadi auf der Terroristen Liste stand, im Auftrage der Amerikaner. Der Jordanier: Hamze Muhamed Aburrayn war Adminstrator der Firma: Loxhall

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Unter der Mafia Regierung des Ilir Meta, durfte Yassin Kadi mit seiner Baufirma “Karavan”, illegal auf dem Öffentlichen Park, gegenüber dem Sitz des Premier Ministers bauen, identisch wie der „Hawai“ Gruppe, Freie Fahrt hatte, bei korrupten Albanischen Regierungen. Sitz der vollkommen verrotteten als kriminelles Enterprise auftretenden CDU – KAS Gruppe heute und seit 2011.

Osama Bin Laden’s Files: The military commander’s ‘Chief of Staff Committee’

Posted: 07 Mar 2016 07:00 PM PST

The creation of the Chief of Staff Committee is one way al Qaeda has ensured that it can adapt to US counterterrorism operations designed to kill key leaders and operatives.

 

Izebegovic die Bosnischen Todes Schwadronen, der Verbrecher Yassin Kadi finanzierte vor 20 Jahren schon Recep Erdogan, den Krieg mit Kopf Abhackern in Syrien, war bis Oktober 2012 auf der Internationalen Terroristen Liste, bis man den Kriegs Verbrecher brauchte, um Syrien mit Terroristen zuzerstören !

1994 wusste jeder in Albanien, das die Saudi Banden, bereits ein Ausbildungs Zentrum finanzierte, direkt am Kreisel der Autobahn, bei Vore, wo es dann zum Flugplatz ebenso geht.

Der Islamische Staat, mit den Bill Clinton Terroristen von 4.000 Kopf Abschneidern wurde schon unter Reagon geplant in Bosnien, Kosovo, Albanien vor über 20 Jahren.

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Albanian Secret Service Chief Fatos Klosi in 16.5.1998 in der “Albania” durch den Albanischen Geheimdienst Chef Fatos Klosi: KLA (UCK) is financed by Bin Laden

Islamic State touts jihadists from the Balkans

NATO – USA, der geplante Islamische Staat im Balkan, 20 Jahre Kopf Abhacken von Bosnien, Kosovo bis heute in Syrien

Eng verbunden mit  Abdul Latif Saleh!

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Brief von Salih Berisha an Abdul Latif Saleh, aus 1992**

Mujaheddin battalions in formation during the Bosnia war. More details are unknown.Mujaheddin battalions in formation during the Bosnia war. More details are unknown. [Source: History Channel]Saudi multimillionaire Yassin al-Qadi forms the Muwafaq Foundation (also known as Blessed Relief). The Muwafaq Foundation is a charitable trust registered in Jersey, an island off the coast of Britain with lenient charity regulations. [Burr and Collins, 2006, pp. 121-123] Al-Qadi is said to be the chief investor, donating about $15 to $20 million for the charity from his fortune. He also persuades members of very rich and powerful Saudi families to help out. [Chicago Tribune, 10/29/2001] The foundation’s board of directors will later be called “the creme de la creme of Saudi society.” [New York Times, 10/13/2001] Saudi billionaire Khalid bin Mahfouz’s legal team will later state that bin Mahfouz “was the principal donor to the foundation at its inception in 1991 but was not involved in the running of the charity.” They also will state that the foundation was purely humanitarian and had no terrorist ties. [Bin Mahfouz Info, 11/22/2005] The Muwafaq Foundation opens offices in several African countries, but it is soon suspected of providing funds for Islamic extremists. For instance, in 1992 it opens an office in Mogadishu, Somalia, at a time when al-Qaeda is assisting militants fighting US soldiers there (see October 3-4, 1993). Burr and Collins will claim “its purpose [there] consisted of transporting weapons and ammunition to Islamists in the city.” But most of the foundation’s work appears to center on Bosnia. It opens an office in neighboring Croatia in 1992, the same year the Bosnian war begins, and then in Sarajevo, Bosnia, a year later. By June 1993, group of mujaheddin fighting in the Zenica region of Bosnia form the Al Muwafaq Brigade. It consists of about 750 Afghan-Arabs and has Iranian advisers. According to Burr and Collins, it soon becomes well known in the region that the Muwafaq Foundation is funding the Al Muwafaq Brigade and at least one camp in Afghanistan training mujaheddin to fight in Bosnia. One member of the brigade is Ahmed Ressam, who will later be arrested in an al-Qaeda plot to blow up the Los Angeles airport (see December 14, 1999). In July 1995, a US Foreign Broadcast Information Service report indicates that the Muwafaq Foundation’s office in Zagreb, Croatia, is a bin Laden front. In early 1996, bin Laden will mention in an interview that he supports the “Muwafaq Society” in Zagreb. However, al-Qadi denies any ties to fighting mujaheddin. The brigade apparently disbands after the war ends in 1995 and the Muwafaq Foundation will close its Bosnia office by 1998. [Burr and Collins, 2006, pp. 121-123, 137-138] A secret 1996 CIA report will claim that Muwafaq has ties to the al-Gama’a al-Islamiyya militant group and helps fund mujaheddin fighting in Bosnia and at least one training camp in Afghanistan (see January 1996). The US will declare al-Qadi a terrorist financier shortly after 9/11 but has never taken any action against the Muwafaq Foundation (see 1995-1998).

I akuzuari si financues Al-Kaedës i kërkon Shqipërisë 12 milionë USD dëmshpërblim

March 8, 2016 18:06

I akuzuari si financues Al-Kaedës i kërkon Shqipërisë 12 milionë USD dëmshpërblim

Në vitin 2001, biznesmeni arab Yassin Kadi humbi perandorinë e biznesit të ndërtuar në mesin e viteve ’90 në Shqipëri, pasi emri i tij u përfshi në listën e zezë të Organizatës së Kombeve të Bashkuara si financues i terrorizmit.

Pesëmbëdhjetë vjet më vonë, Kadi ka pastruar ‘de jure’ emrin përmes një serie procesesh gjyqësore në Europë dhe në Shtetet e Bashkuara dhe ka rifituar pasurinë e tij në Shqipëri. Megjithatë, ai ka vendosur të kërkojë një dëmshpërblim të majmë nga Shqipëria me argumentin se “pronat e tij u keqadministruan” përgjatë shtatë viteve që ndodheshin nën sekuestro.

Në shkurt 2016, avokati i Yassin Kadi ka dorëzuar në Gjykatën Administrative të shkallës së parë një padi kundër Ministrisë së Financave dhe Agjencisë së Administrimit të Pasurive të Sekuestruara, AAPSK, të cilat kanë menaxhuar pasuritë e tij gjatë 7 viteve të sekuestros.

Sipas kërkesë-padisë të cilën BIRN e disponon, ai kërkon dëmshpërblim në vlerën e 1.527.330.000 lekëve (12 milionë USD).[Kliko këtu për padinë]

Biznesmeni Yassin Kadi nga qyteti Jedahh i Arabisë Saudite e shtriu aktivitetin e tij në Shqipëri nga ndërtimet deri tek financimi për qëllime bamirësie në mesin e viteve ’90. Por bizneset e tij në Shqipëri morën të tatëpjetën pas sulmeve terroriste të 11 shtatorit 2001, kur Kadi u përfshi në listën ndërkombëtare të personave të kërkuar për financim të organizatës famëkeqe Al-Kaeda.

Me pasuritë e tij nën sekuestro, Kadi u kujdes fillimisht të rrëzonte akuzat për lidhje me organizatat terroriste. Ai zotëron tashmë një vendim pafajësie të Gjykatës së Drejtësisë në Luksemburg, një vendim për hetimet e mbyllura në Stamboll dhe një tjetër verdikt të Gjykatës së Distriktit Jugor të New Yorkut, ku çështja e tij pushohet për shkak se nuk provohet që Kadi është financues i terrorizimit.

Emri i tij u hoq edhe nga lista e zezë e OKB-së në dhjetor 2012, ndërsa në vitin 2013 qeveria shqiptare vendosi t’i kthejë atij pronat e sekuestruara. Por përmes padisë së bërë në Gjykatë, Kadi pretendon t’i marrë shtetit shqiptar rreth 12 milionë dollarë dëmshpërblim vetëm për administrimin e “Loxhall”, njëra prej 7 kompanive të tij në Shqipëri.

Pretendimet e tij konsiderohen të padrejta nga Ministria e Financave dhe Agjencia e Administrimit të Pronave të Sekuestruara. Përmes një shkrese të dorëzuar në Gjykatën Administrative, kjo Agjenci argumenton se pasuritë janë administruar konformë ligjit dhe shuma e pretenduar nga Kadi është hipotetike.

 Përballja në gjykatë

Kompania “Loxhall” me ortak të vetëm Yassin Kadi është sekuestruar në vitin 2006 dhe është administruar nga shteti deri në vitin 2013. Kjo kompani zotëron mbi 19 objekte të dhëna me qira vetëm në Tiranë dhe një sipërfaqe të madhe toke në zonën periferike të Yzberishtit.

Në kërkesë-padinë e dorëzuar në Gjykatë, avokati i Kadi pretendon se këto prona janë keqadministruar nga Agjencia e Administrimit të Pronave të Sekuestruara, duke i shkaktuar atij një dëm prej 1.5 miliardë lekësh.

Sipas padisë, Kadi argumenton se llogaritë dhe asetet e tij u vendosën nën sekuestro pasi emri i tij u vendos gabimisht si financues i terrorizmit në listën e OKB-së në vitin 2001-kohë kur në Shqipëri dolën një sërë urdhrash dhe vendimesh për sekuestrimin e pasurive të tij.

Përveç kompanisë “Loxhall”, Ministria e Financave sekuestroi edhe 36 llogari bankare, 6 kompani të tjera, 20 apartamente tek Kullat Binjake në qendër të Tiranës dhe toka e hapësira të tjera në pronësi të Kadi. [Kliko këtu për urdhrin e sekuestrimit të pronave dhe kompanive të Yassin Kadi].

Në urdhrat e nxjerrë nga ish-ministrat Arben Malaj dhe Ridvan Bode përmenden shumë llogari bankare në emër të shoqërisë së ndërtimit “Karavan” dhe firmave të lidhura me dy emrat Yassin Kadi dhe Abdyl Latif Saleh**, dhe ky një biznesmen që vepronte në Shqipëri dhe dyshohej për financim të organizatave terroriste.

Përveç sekuestrimit, kompania “Loxhall” dhe administratori i biznesmenit Kadi në Shqipëri, Hamzeh Abu Rayyan u përballën edhe me një procedim nga Prokuroria shqiptare. Abu Rayyan u akuzua se i kishte shkaktuar një dëm prej 80 mijë eurosh kompanisë dhe u dënua me 4 vjet burg nga Gjykata e Krimeve të Rënda.

Por më 25 janar të vitit 2012, Kolegji Penal i Gjykatës së Lartë arrin në konkluzionin se vendimi i Gjykatës së Krime të Rënda duhet të prishet dhe çështja në ngarkim të të pandehurit Hamzeh Abu Rayyan u pushua.

Pas pushimit të hetimeve për administratorin e kompanisë së Kadi, shteti shqiptar i dorëzoi atë të gjitha pasuritë e sekuestruara, proces që përfundoi në tetor 2013.

Megjithatë, biznesmeni arab nuk mbeti i kënaqur.

“Pavarësisht kësaj vendimmarrje, sekuestroja mbi pasuritë e paditësit ka prodhuar pasoja. Sekuestrimi dhe administrimi i pasurive është bërë në mënyrë jotransparente,” thuhet në akt-padinë e tij.

Yassin Kadi e akuzon Ministrinë e Financave dhe Agjencinë e Administrimit të Pasurive të Sekuestruara për fitim minimal nga investimi i shumave të llogarive bankare të investuara në bono thesari. Ai pretendon gjithashtu se asetet e kompanisë së tij u janë dhënë për shfrytëzim palëve të treta me qira më të ulët se sa vlera e tregut, ndërsa një truall prej 22 mijë metrash katrorë në Yzberisht nuk është shfrytëzuar thuajse fare.

“Kjo pasuri është përdorur si mall pa zot, ndërkohë që duhet të ishte përdorur dhe futur në qarkullim civil,”-thuhet në akt-padi.

Kadi pretendon gjithashtu se kjo pronë duhej të kishte përfituar nga plani urbanistik i komunës Kashar dhe nëse do të shfrytëzohej për ndërtim, do të sillte 1.5 bilionë lekë të ardhura.

Por Agjencia e Administrimit të Pasurive të Sekuestruara e kundërshton këtë pretendim, duke argumentuar se ligji nuk i jep të drejtën e tjetërsimit të pronave.

“AAPSK si Institucion shtetëror administrues nuk mund të merrte veprime për tjetërsim të destinacionit të pronës prej 22000 m2, sikurse pretendohet nga pala paditëse. Të drejtën e aplikimit për leje ndërtimi e kanë pronarët e truallit në marrëveshje me investitor dhe ndërtues”-thuhet në argumentat e Ministrisë së Financave.

Përfaqësuesit e Agjencisë së Administrimit të Pasurive të Sekuestruara i kërkojnë gjykatës që të mos marrë parasysh kërkesën e Yassin Kadi, pasi sipas tyre nuk ka fitim të munguar të kompanisë “Loxhall”.

“AAPSK ka rritur pasurinë e palës paditëse dhe në përfundim i janë dorëzuar në cilësinë e fryteve civile të përfituara nga administrimi,” përfundon relacioni i Ministrisë së Financave. / BIRN

I akuzuari si financues Al-Kaedës i kërkon Shqipërisë 12 milionë USD dëmshpërblim

Der von den USA, John McCain finanzierte Albanische ISIS Terrorist und Kopf Abschneider: Idajet Balliu wurde getödet

Yassin Kadi, war Dreh Angel für die Kopf Abschneider, Terroristen, über 100.000 Morde in Bosnien ebenso, wo 28.000 Serben ermordet wurden.

Beginning in 1995, evidence begins to appear in the media suggesting that a Saudi charity named the Muwafaq Foundation has ties to radical militants. The foundation is run by a Saudi multimillionaire named Yassin al-Qadi.
bullet In 1995, media reports claim that Muwafaq is being used to fund mujaheddin fighters in Bosnia (see 1991-1995).
bullet Also in 1995, Pakistani police raid the foundation’s Pakistan branch in the wake of the arrest of WTC bomber Ramzi Yousef (see February 7, 1995). The head of the branch is held for several months, and then the branch is closed down. [Chicago Tribune, 10/29/2001]
bullet A secret CIA report in January 1996 says that Muwafaq is has ties to the Al-Gama’a al-Islamiyya militant group and helps fund mujaheddin fighting in Bosnia and at least one training camp in Afghanistan (see January 1996).
bullet In February 1996, bin Laden says in an interview that he supports the Muwafaq branch in Zagreb, Croatia (which is close to the fighting in neighboring Bosnia). [Guardian, 10/16/2001]
bullet A senior US official will later claim that in 1998, the National Commercial Bank, one of the largest banks in Saudi Arabia, ran an audit and determined that the Muwafaq Foundation gave $3 million to al-Qaeda. Both al-Qadi and the bank later claim that the audit never existed. Al-Qadi asserts he has no ties to any terrorist group. [Chicago Tribune, 10/29/2001] In 2003, former counterterrorism “tsar” Richard Clarke will elaborate on this allegation, saying to a Senate committee, “Al-Qadi was the head of Muwafaq, a Saudi ‘relief organization’ that reportedly transferred at least $3 million, on behalf of Khalid bin Mahfouz, to Osama bin Laden and assisted al-Qaeda fighters in Bosnia.” [US Congress, 10/22/2003] (Note that bin Mahfouz, a Saudi billionaire, denies that he ever had any sort of tie to bin Laden or al-Qaeda and has not been officially charged of such ties anywhere.) [Bin Mahfouz Info, 11/22/2005]
bullet Al-Qadi will claim that he shut down Muwafaq in 1996, but it is referred to in UN and German charity documents as doing work in Sudan and Bosnia through 1998. [Guardian, 10/16/2001; BBC, 10/20/2001]
bullet Shortly after 9/11, the US Treasury Department will claim that Muwafaq funded Maktab al-Khidamat (MAK)/Al-Kifah (the predecessor of al-Qaeda), al-Qaeda, Hamas, and Abu Sayyaf (a Philippines militant group with ties to al-Qaeda), and other militant Islamic groups. [FrontPage Magazine, 6/17/2005]
However, despite all of these alleged connections, and the fact that the US will officially label al-Qadi a terrorism financier shortly after 9/11 (see October 12, 2001), the Muwafaq Foundation has never been officially declared a terrorist supporting entity. An October 2001 New York Times article will say that the reason, “administration officials said, was the inability of United States officials to locate the charity or determine whether it is still in operation.” But the same article will also quote a news editor, who calls Muwafaq’s board of directors “the creme de la creme of Saudi society.” [New York Times, 10/13/2001]

US ambassador Peter Galbraith speaks with Iman Sefko Omerbasic, the religious leader of the small Muslim community in Zagreb, Croatia. Sefko later informs the Iranian ambassador that American diplomats want him to purchase arms for the Bosnian army. The CIA keeps tabs on Galbraith, concerned that he might be engaged in a secret operation. [Wiebes, 2003, pp. 166] The CIA fears that another Iran-Contra scandal is brewing. [APF Reporter, 1997]

Bin Laden visits Albania as a member of a Saudi government delegation. He is introduced as a friend of the Saudi government who could finance humanitarian projects. Yet, earlier the same month, the Saudi government supposedly cut all ties with bin Laden (see April 9, 1994). One former US intelligence officer will complain in 1999, “Why was he a member of that delegation? The Saudis are supposed to be our allies. They told us he was persona non grata, and yet here he was working the crowds on an official visit.” Bin Laden strengthens ties with the Albanian secret service, with an eye to assisting the fight against Serbia in the neighboring country of Bosnia. [Reeve, 1999, pp. 180-181; Washington Times, 9/18/2001; Ottawa Citizen, 12/15/2001]

Peter Galbraith.Peter Galbraith. [Source: CBC]US President Bill Clinton and National Security Adviser Anthony Lake decide that they will give the Bosnians a “green light” for the arms supply pipeline from Iran to Croatia. The CIA is not consulted. Lake passes the word on to US ambassador to Croatia Peter Galbraith by “cleverly” telling him that they have “no instructions” for him with regard to the Iranian arms shipments. [Wiebes, 2003, pp. 167- 168] Two days later, Galbraith passes the “no instructions” message on to Croatian President Franjo Tudjman, making it clear that the US government is giving him a green light for Croatia to conduct arms deals with Iran. [APF Reporter, 1997]

Assistant Secretary of State for European and Canadian Affairs Richard Holbrooke persuades the State Department to license Military Professional Resources Inc. (MPRI), a private military contractor, to provide training to the Croatian army. [Ripley, 1999, pp. 81-82, 90; Scotsman, 3/2/2001] According to MPRI information officer Joseph Allred, the firm exists so that “the US can have influence as part of its national strategy on other nations without employing its own army.” [New American, 5/10/1999; Serbian National Federation, 8/1999]

Ayman al-Zawahiri.Ayman al-Zawahiri. [Source: Interpol]In 1996 it will be reported that the Egyptian government has been investigating Ayman al-Zawahiri and has determined he has been living in Sofia, Bulgaria, since September 1994 under an alias. Al-Zawahiri, head of Islamic Jihad and al-Qaeda’s second-in-command, is considered one of Egypt’s top enemies. The Egyptians pass on details of al-Zawahiri’s whereabouts to the Bulgarian government, but Bulgaria has no extradition treaty with Egypt and he is not believed to have broken any Bulgarian laws. Al-Zawahiri is living there mainly to help manage the mujaheddin effort in nearby Bosnia. Prior to that, it is believed he mostly lived in Switzerland for about a year. [BBC, 2/29/1996; Intelligence Newsletter, 3/21/1996] A Wall Street Journal article will later claim that al-Zawahiri was in charge of al-Qaeda’s Balkans operations, running training camps, money-laundering, and drug running networks in the region. Supposedly there was an “elaborate command-and-control center” in Sofia, Bulgaria. [Wall Street Journal (Europe), 1/11/2001] His brother Mohammed al-Zawahiri also helps manage operations in the region, mostly from a base in Albania (see 1993). With the war in Bosnia over, Ayman al-Zawahiri will attempt to enter Chechnya in late 1996, only to be arrested and held by the Russians (see December 1, 1996-June 1997).

Richard Holbrooke.Richard Holbrooke. [Source: US State Department]Saudi intelligence chief Prince Turki al-Faisal urges President Bill Clinton to take the lead in military assistance to Bosnia. Richard Holbrooke, US ambassador to Germany at the time, draws up plans for covert assistance. [Wiebes, 2003, pp. 195]

Anwar Shaaban.Anwar Shaaban. [Source: Evan Kohlmann]The Islamic Cultural Institute mosque in Milan, Italy is dominated by Al-Gama’a al-Islamiya, the Egyptian militant group led by Sheikh Omar Abdul-Rahman. The imam of the mosque, Anwar Shaaban, is a leader of that group and also a leader of the mujaheddin efforts in Bosnia. The Islamic Cultural Institute serves as a transit and logistical base for mujaheddin coming or going to Bosnia (see Late 1993-December 14, 1995). After the 1993 WTC bombing, US investigators will discover heavy phone traffic between the Milan mosque and the Jersey City mosque run by Abdul-Rahman. Furthermore, they learn that bomber mastermind Ramzi Yousef used the Milan mosque as a logistical base as well. [Chicago Tribune, 10/22/2001] Yousef also prayed at the Milan mosque prior to the WTC bombing. [Gunaratna, 2003, pp. 171] Shaaban is a close friend of Talaat Fouad Qassem, another leader of Al-Gama’a al-Islamiya and one of the highest ranking leaders of the mujaheddin fighting in Bosnia. Qassem is directing the flow of volunteers to Bosnia while living in political asylum in Denmark (see 1990). [Kohlmann, 2004, pp. 25] In April 1994, seven Arab men living in Denmark, including Qassem, are arrested. US prosecutors will later claim that fingerprints on documents and videotapes seized from the men match fingerprints on bomb manuals that Ahmad Ajaj was carrying when he entered the US with Yousef (see September 1, 1992). A raid on one apartment in Denmark uncovers bomb formulas, bomb making chemical, sketches of attack targets, some videotapes of Abdul-Rahman’s sermons, and a pamphlet claiming responsibility for the WTC bombing and promising more attacks. Also, phone records and documents found in Abdul-Rahman’s Jersey City apartment show the men in Denmark were communicating regularly with Abdul-Rahman. [New York Times, 4/15/1995] But no one in either Milan or Denmark will be charged with a role in the WTC bombing. Danish police will later say that none of the seized documents indicated that the Arab men personally took part in the bombing. The men all are released and ironically, two of them are granted political asylum in Denmark because they are members of Al-Gama’a al-Islamiya, which the Danish consider to be a persecuted group. [Associated Press, 6/28/1995] In 1995, an Italian magistrate will issue arrest warrants for Shaaban and 60 other extremists (see Late 1993-December 14, 1995), but Shaaban will flee to Bosnia, where he will die of bullet wounds in unexplained circumstances (see December 14, 1995). [Chicago Tribune, 10/22/2001] The US government will later call the Islamic Cultural Institute al-Qaeda’s main logistical base in Europe and some evidence will link figures connected to it to the 9/11 plot (see Late 1998-September 11, 2001).

Entity Tags: Ramzi Yousef, Talaat Fouad Qassem, Islamic Cultural Institute, Al-Gama’a al-Islamiyya, Omar Abdul-Rahman, Anwar Shaaban

Category Tags: Al-Qaeda in Balkans, 1993 WTC Bombing, Al-Qaeda in Italy, Sheikh Omar Abdul-Rahman

The caption for this picture published in newspapers on December 11, 1995, reads, “One of the Bosnian Army Muslim brigades marches through Zenica in a demonstration of strength by 10,000 soldiers.”The caption for this picture published in newspapers on December 11, 1995, reads, “One of the Bosnian Army Muslim brigades marches through Zenica in a demonstration of strength by 10,000 soldiers.” [Source: Reuters] (click image to enlarge)The number of Mujaheddin fighting in Bosnia plateau at around several thousand. Estimates of mujaheddin numbers in Bosnia vary from as few as a couple of hundred to as many as 4,000. However, most put the number somewhere between 1,000 and 2,000. The difficulty in pinning down an exact figure stems from fact that there are a variety of foreign mercenary groups in Bosnia and it is not entirely clear who is and who isn’t mujaheddin. Furthermore, these groups are not all present in Bosnia at the same time. According to Cees Wiebes, a professor at Amsterdam University, mujaheddin forces in Bosnia are not controlled by Bosnian authorities, but rather by their countries of origin, Islamic militant organizations, and criminal organizations. [Wiebes, 2003, pp. 207-208] While the mujaheddin’s presence in Bosnia is said to be of only limited military value, they are considered a valuable “political tool” for obtaining the support from Arab countries. According to a UN report, Bosnian President Alija Izetbegovic sees the fighters as “a conduit for funds from the Gulf and the Middle East.” [Wiebes, 2003, pp. 208, 215]

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Lord David Owen, European Union peace negotiator for the Bosnian conflict, will later write in a book, “Around this time [January 1993] the UN had clear evidence that Muslim forces would from time to time shell the airport to stop the relief flights and refocus world attention on the siege of Sarajevo. As the Deputy Commander in Chief US European Command from 1992 to 1995 [Gen. Charles Boyd] describes it, “The press and some governments, including that of the United States, usually attribute all such fire to the Serbs, but no seasoned observer in Sarajevo doubts for a moment that Muslim forces have found it in their interest to shell friendly targets. In this case, the shelling usually closes the airport for a time, driving up the price of black-market goods that enter the city via routes controlled by Bosnian army commanders and government officials.” [Owen, 1997, pp. 262] In September 1994, it is reported the UN believe the Muslim Bosnians again shelled their own Sarajevo airport on August 18, 1994. UN spokesman Lieutenant- Colonel Pierre Duclos says, “The result of all our investigations show the shell clearly came from [Bosnian] government lines,” he said. Another UN official says, “This was a direct and intentional targeting of the airport.” [Independent, 9/6/1994]

Brigadier Gen. Michael Hayden (left, with glasses), US Marine Corps Gen. David Mize (front and center), and US Marine Corps Lt. Gen. Edward Hanlon Jr. (behind Mize) in Gornji Vakuf, Bosnia, on September 4, 1994.Brigadier Gen. Michael Hayden (left, with glasses), US Marine Corps Gen. David Mize (front and center), and US Marine Corps Lt. Gen. Edward Hanlon Jr. (behind Mize) in Gornji Vakuf, Bosnia, on September 4, 1994. [Source: Paul Harris] (click image to enlarge)US ambassador Charles Thomas; Assistant Secretary of State for Europe Richard Holbrooke, his deputy Robert Frasure, head of intelligence for US European Command Brigadier Gen. Michael Hayden, US Air Force Gen. Charles Boyd, US Marine Corps Gen. David Mize, and US Marine Corps Lt. Gen. Edward Hanlon Jr., meet with the Muslim Bosnian army commander for Central Bosnia, Mehmet Alagic, in the town of Gornji Vakuf. The US group also visits Mostar, which is also controlled by the Bosnian Muslims. The Pentagon claims the US diplomats are there to familiarize themselves with the situation on the ground and the generals “just happened to be along,” but in appears in fact these meetings are part of a US effort to help the Croats and Muslims work together in upcoming offensives. Following this visit, US “logistics advisers” move into key locations throughout Bosnia, including the UN-controlled Tuzla airport. US Special Forces help build a secret airstrip in Visoko, central Bosnia, to land heavy transport aircraft (see Late 1994-Late 1995), and mysterious flights begin arriving at the Tuzla airports a few months later (see February-March 1995). [Observer, 11/20/1994; Scotsman, 12/3/1995] Hayden will later become head of the NSA and then head of the CIA.

http://www.historycommons.org/timeline.jsp?timeline=complete_911_timeline&complete_911_timeline_al_qaeda_by_region=balkans

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  1. Financial Infrastructure of Islamic Extremists in the Balkans

    I am posting this on behalf of TF Blog contributor Darko Trifunovic. Shortly I will be posting two presentations Darko made at the recent Institute for Counterterrorism conference in Herzliya, Israel. Darko’s post follows:

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    9 Both Abdul Latif Saleh and Yasin Al-Qadi were represented in court by Idayet Beqiri, political secretary of the “Front of Albanian National Unity” (FBKSh).

    http://www.terrorfinance.org/the_terror_finance_blog/2007/09/financial-infra.html

  2. Country Reports on Terrorism 2009 — Albania (August 5, 2010)

    Albania pledged to increase its contribution of troops to Afghanistan, froze bank accounts related to money laundering and terrorist financing, and aggressively worked with the United States and other countries to combat terrorism. Albania made progress in identifying vulnerabilities at land and sea borders, but the government and police forces continued to face challenges to enforce border security fully and to combat organized crime and corruption.

    On January 14, 2008, the criminal trial began against Hamzeh Abu Rayyan, the suspected administrator for UNSCR 1267 Committee-designated terrorist financier Yassin al-Kadi, who is charged with hiding funds used to finance terrorism. This marked the first-ever criminal terrorist finance-related trial in Albania. The trial continued throughout 2009. A civil suit filed by al-Kadi to release his assets from seizure was dismissed and refiled several times. It was later reviewed by higher courts on matters of jurisdiction and statute of limitations. After being dismissed in June, it was filed again and is now pending trial in Tirana District Court. In addition, al-Kadi’s company, Loxhall, filed a lawsuit in April. It aimed to annul the Council of Ministers’ decision, as well as the two orders of the Ministry of Finance related to the administration of seized terrorism assets. This lawsuit was rejected in October, and is now pending appeal.

    On October 12, a local imam, Artan Kristo, was arrested in Durrës. Kristo, also known as Muhamed Abdullah, was accused of “publicly inciting and propagating terrorist acts” for allegedly calling for jihad in the AlbSelafi.net online forum. Previously, Kristo was named as a suspect in the murder of the Secretary General of the Albanian Muslim Community, Salih Tivari, in January of 2003. The Durrës court decided to detain Kristo pending trial.

    As of October, the Ministry of Finance stated it maintained asset freezes against six individuals and 14 foundations and companies on the UNSCR 1267 list. No new assets were frozen this year under Albania’s Terrorist Financing Freeze law. Despite this, the effectiveness of the government’s counterterrorist financing effort was undermined by a lack of data-processing infrastructure and an inadequate capability to track and manage cases properly. (for more information click here)
    http://www.state.gov/s/ct/rls/crt/2009/140885.htm

  3. 12 Mar 16

    Terror Suspect Presents Albania With Huge Bill

    A Saudi businessman with a business empire in Albania is demanding millions of euros in compensation from Albania for mismanaging his assets while he was on a UN terror list.

    Lindita Çela
    BIRN

    Tirana

    Saudi businessman Yassin Kadi (left) and two buildings called “Twin Towers” partially built by him on Tirana central boulevard.

    Saudi businessman Yassin Kadi lost his business empire in Albania, built up in the 1990s, after his name was included on a UN black list of terror financiers in 2001.

    Fifteen years later, Kadi has cleared his name following lengthy court proceedings in Europe and the US and has won back his properties in Albania.

    Now he is demanding about 11 million euros in compensation and lost profit, claiming that his properties were mismanaged when the government ran them.

    His lawyer delivered the claim to the Administrative Court of Tirana against the Ministry of Finance and the Agency for the Administration of Seized Properties in February. These bodies managed his empire for about seven years.

    The claim, reviewed by BIRN, states that Kadi is seeking 1.5 billion leks, [about 11 million euros], mostly in lost profit.

    Kadi expanded in Albania from his hometown in Saudi Arabia in the 1990s by investing in real estate, construction and other activities while he was also engaged in charities.

    His businesses went bust after the November 11, 2001 terror attacks, when Kadi was included on the UN list of suspected financiers of Al-Qaeda terrorists.

    While his wealth was under seizure, Kadi fought court battles against the charges. He was later cleared by courts in Luxembourg, Istanbul and New York.

    His name was removed from the UN black list on December 2012 and in 2013 the government of Albania handed back his seized properties in the country.

    But Kadi claims that the government’s administration of his network of seven companies cost him dearly.

    The Ministry of Finance and the Agency deny this. Through a written statement presented to the court, the agency says his properties were managed according to the law and that the lost profit, claimed by Kadi, is highly hypothetical.

    His main company, Loxhall, seized by the authorities in 2006, was administered by the government till 2013. This company owns about 19 sites under rental agreements with various tenants and a huge land plot on the outskirts of Tirana.

    His assets in Albania also include 36 bank accounts, six other smaller companies and about 20 apartments in the “Twin Towers”, the most expensive building in the country.

    Kadi’s claim says the government left his properties unused or used them in a nontransparent way.

    “The seizure of the properties of the claimant had caused consequences. The seizure and administration of the properties was conducted in a nontransparent way,” the court claim states.

    The focal point of the claim is a 22,000 square metre plot on the outskirts of Tirana that was left unused.

    “This property was left unused while it should have been developed,” Kadi claims. According to him, this incurred 1.5 billion leks [about 10.7 million euros] in lost profits, since the administrators did not follow up on plans to build apartment blocks there.

    The authorities reply that the law does not permit the use of seized properties for development.

    “As a state administrative institution, we could not develop the 22,000 square metre land plot. The right to apply for building permits rests exclusively with the landowner and not the administrator,” the agency says, urging the court to dismiss the claim.

    “The assets grew during the administration and the proceeds were transferred [to the owner],“ it adds.

    The Administrative Court of Tirana is expected to hold a hearing soon. http://www.balkaninsight.com/en/article/former-al-qaeda-financier-suspect-seeks-11-million-euros-compensation-from-albania-03-10-2016

  4. In Bosnia, Albania, Kosovo

    THE SCOTSMAN Bin Laden opens European terror base in Albania

    by Chris Stephen, Tirana

    ALBANIAN authorities working with the Central Intelligence Agency claim to have uncovered a terrorist network operated by Osama Bin Laden, the Islamic fundamentalist accused of masterminding the African embassy bombings last August.

    The network is said to have been set up to use Albania, a Muslim country, as a springboard for operations in Europe.

    Fatos Klosi, the head of Shik, the Albanian intelligence service, said last week that Bin Laden had visited Albania himself.

    His was one of several fundamentalist groups that had sent units to fight in Kosovo, the neighbouring Muslim province of Serbia, Klosi said. “Egyptians, Saudi Arabians, Algerians, Tunisians, Sudanese and Kuwaitis – they come from several different organisations.

    Klosi said he believed terrorists had already infiltrated other parts of Europe from bases in Albania through a traffic in illegal migrants, who have been smuggled by speedboat across the Mediterranean to Italy in huge numbers. Interpol believes more than 100,000 blank Albanian passports were stolen in riots last year, providing ample opportunity for terrorists to acquire false papers.

    Apparent confirmation of Bin Laden’s activities came earlier this month when Claude Kader, 27, a French national and self-confessed member of Bin Laden’s Albanian network, was jailed for the murder of a local translator. He claimed during his trial that he had visited Albania to recruit and arm fighters for Kosovo, and that four of his associates were still at large.

    Bin Laden is believed to have established an operation in Albania in 1994 after telling the government that he was head of a wealthy Saudi humanitarian agency keen to help Europe ’s poorest nation.

    “Terrorist organisations have taken advantage of peaceful Islamic charity and religious groups,” Klosi said.

    Albanian sources say Sali Berisha, who was then president, had links with some groups that later proved to be extreme fundamentalists. The Socialist party, which took over after Berisha’s government was driven out by country-wide rioting, has since co-operated closely with American officials.

    American raids on Bin Laden’s men in Albania have failed to halt their operations entirely, however. The Americans have withdrawn non-essential staff from the country and fortified their embassy, fearing it may be attacked.

    The Centre for Peace in the Balkans
    Bin Laden’s Balkan Connections

    September 2001

    IN MEMORIAM
    Dedicated to all victims of terrorism, including a member of The Centre for Peace in the Balkans who is still listed as missing in the World Trade Centre bombing.

    In testimony before the Senate Armed Services Committee on February 2, 1999, CIA Director George Tenet warned of the worldwide threat posed by the Bin Laden network:

    “There is not the slightest doubt that Osama Bin Laden, his worldwide allies, and his sympathizers are planning further attacks against us. Despite progress against his networks, Bin Laden´s organization has contacts virtually worldwide, including in the United States. And he has stated unequivocally that all Americans are targets. Bin Laden´s overreaching aim is to get the United States out of the Persian Gulf, but he will strike wherever in the world he thinks we are vulnerable. We are anticipating bombing attempts with conventional explosives, but his operatives are also capable of kidnappings and assassinations. We have noted recent activities similar to what occurred prior to the African embassy bombings, Mr. Chairman, and I must tell you that we are concerned that one or more of Bin Laden´s attacks could occur at any time.”

    According to the September 15, 2001 issue of the New York Times (U.S. Demands Arab Countries ´Choose Sides´ by Jane Perlez) the United States has issued a communiqué to its embassies around the world “…listing the conditions that nations were expected to meet in order to qualify for membership in the anti-terror coalition.” Considering that the US supports countries where many terrorists originate or are trained (Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Jordan, Turkey, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Albania), we are concerned about the fallout should those countries fail to meet the stated US demands.

    Furthermore, we must note with tragic irony that the United States trained and financed Islamicist “freedom fighters” during the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan, to the tune of $10 billion (September 13, 2001, Washington Times). Osama Bin Laden was part and parcel of that military “aid” program.

    Yet, it would be willful blindness to suggest that the roots of terror begin and end in Afghanistan or the Middle East. When examining events that have transpired in the Balkans over the past ten years, Osama Bin Laden’s name appears prominently. Bin Laden directly aided the Bosnian Muslims, both financially (weapons procurement) and with training. In addition, that same “aid” was extended to the separatist Albanians of Kosovo and Macedonia. Ironically, the US found Bin Laden and his supporters “convenient” allies when dealing with Bosnian Muslims and Kosovo Albanians, again in another so-called struggle for “freedom”.

    Bosnia

    Bosnian Muslim weekly “Dani” reported on September 24, 1999, that Osama Bin Laden, the most wanted terrorist in the world, was issued a Bosnia-Herzegovina passport. Bin Laden was issued the Bosnian passport by the Bosnian embassy in Vienna in 1993. However, Bin Laden was not the only one. A number of suspected terrorists have traveled the globe utilizing “legally issued” Bosnia-Herzegovina documents.

    According to ‘Dani’, the Bosnian Foreign Ministry was seized by panic when Mehrez Aodouni, another Bosnian passport bearer, was arrested in Istanbul on September 09, 1999. Aodouni was believed to have close ties with Bin Laden. The Party of Democratic Action (SDA) [Bosnia´s main Muslim party led by Bosnian President, Alija Izetbegovic] issued a statement that on September 23, 1999, Audouni obtained the Bosnia-Herzegovina citizenship and a passport because he was a member of the Bosnia-Herzegovina Army.

    The Bosnian Muslim daily “Oslobodjenje” published that three men, believed linked to Saudi extremist Osama Bin Laden, were arrested in Sarajevo in July 2001. The three, one of whom was identified as Imad El Misri, were Egyptian nationals. The paper said that two of the suspects were holding Bosnian passports.

    The arrest, carried out by police from Bosnia’s Muslim-Croat Federation, was requested by the United States, Oslobodjenje said.

    The Dayton peace agreement, that ended Bosnia’s civil war, ordered all foreign soldiers to leave the country, including those who fought alongside the mainly Muslim government army. Many of those who fought in the Bosnian Muslim Army included ranks of Islamicist radicals from the Arab world, Afghanistan, Pakistan and South East Asia. However, an undisclosed number remained, obtaining Bosnian citizenship as members of the army or by marrying Bosnian women.

    At the end of the civil war many of these so-called mujahadeen remained on territories controlled by the Bosnian-Croat Federation, instructing Muslim forces in terrorist activities. Those activities came to light on December 18, 1995, with the premature detonation of an automobile bomb in Zenica. It is widely speculated that the bomb was meant for U.S. NATO troops serving in Bosnia-Herzegovina as revenge for the life sentence given to Sheik Omah Abdel Rahman, the brain behind the World Trade Centre bombing in New York.

    Also noteworthy is the raid conducted by NATO forces on the training center of the Bosnian Muslim secret police (AID), located in the ski center near Fojnica in February of 1996, and the arrest of several persons for preparing to conduct terrorist actions. Iranian instructors were teaching future terrorists from AID how to disguise bombs as children’s toys, dolls, and plastic ice cream cones.

    In its June 26, 1997 Report on the bombing of the Al Khobar building in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, the New York Times noted that those arrested confessed to serving with Bosnian Muslims forces. Further, the terrorists also admitted to ties with Osama Bin Laden.

    Defence and Foreign Affairs analyst Yossef Bodansky wrote in 1997 that Iran, from its terrorist bases in Bosnia-Herzegovina, planned the assassination of Pope John Paul II. The assassination was planned towards the end of September 1997. A terrorist group consisting of 20 members holding Croatian, Bosnia-Herzegovinian, Tunisian, Algerian and Moroccan passports were to assassinate the Pope during his Bologna visit. The leaders of the group were all former mujahadeen from Bosnia-Herzegovina. Logistical support for the group was secured through a local terrorist network which was closely associated with GIA. Italian authorities discovered the assassination attempt in time and managed to arrest 14 members of the terrorist cell.

    Many mujahadeen in Bosnia are now located in what was the pre-war Serbian village of Bocinja Donja. Today, a sign on the road into the town warns visitors to “be afraid of Allah.”

    The village´s 600 residents include 60 to 100 former mujahadeen, Islamicist guerrillas from the Middle East and elsewhere who came to help Bosnia´s Muslims during the 1992-95 civil war. Since the conflict ended, they and their families have organized a community that stands apart from the rest of Bosnia, whose Muslim majority largely follows a relaxed version of Islam. Bocinja Donja´s affairs, in contrast, are governed by a strict interpretation of Islamic law. Women must wear veils and long black robes; men must have long beards. Smoking and drink is forbidden, as well speaking to visitors.

    Washington and its allies have complained periodically about the mujahadeen, who were technically obligated by international treaty to leave the country in 1995. But Western complaints lacked urgency until late 1999, when U.S. law enforcement authorities discovered that a handful of the men who have visited or lived in this area were associated with a suspected terrorist plot to bomb targets in the United States on New Year´s Day.

    Among them was Karim Said Atmani, who was identified by authorities as the document forger for a group of Algerians accused of plotting the bombings. He is a former roommate of Ahmet Ressemi, the man arrested at the Canadian-U.S. border in mid-December 1999 with a carload of explosives. Atmani has been a frequent visitor to Bosnia, even after Ressmi´s arrest.

    A Bosnian government search of passport and residency records–conducted at the urging of the United States–revealed other former mujahadeen who are linked to the same Algerian group or to other suspected terrorist groups and who have lived in this area 60 miles north of Sarajevo, the capital, in the past few years.

    One man, a Palestinian named Khalil Deek, was arrested in Jordan in late December 1999 on suspicion of involvement in a plot to blow up tourist sites; a second man with Bosnian citizenship, Hamid Aich, lived in Canada at the same time as Atmani and worked for a charity associated with Osama Bin Laden.

    A third suspect, an Algerian named Abu Mali who was regarded as a community leader in Bocinja, was asked to leave the country with his family in spring of 1999 after Washington accumulated evidence that he worked for a terrorist organization. Mehrez Amdouni, another former resident, was arrested by Turkish police in September of 1999 in Istanbul, where he arrived with a Bosnian passport. Amdouni was charged with counterfeiting and possessing stolen goods.

    The Centre for Peace in the Balkans wrote in Spring of 2000:

    The December 14, 1999, arrest of Algerian national Ahmet Ressemi at a U.S.-Canada border crossing in British Columbia – he was in a car full of nitroglycerin and bomb-making materials – was headline news in North America. Many theorized that Ressemi planned to blow up a major structure in the U.S. to start the new millenium.

    The theorists could have saved themselves some time by taking a closer look at Ressemi’s past ties, especially those with terrorists trained in Bosnia-Herzegovina, where Ressemi fought as a mujahadeen.

    It has been confirmed that Ahmet Ressemi had ties with Said Atmani, another terrorist who fought in the “El Mujahadeen” unit in Bosnia-Herzegovina. The Canadian authorities deported Atmani back to Bosnia-Herzegovina on October 18, 1998, supposedly without knowing of his alleged participation in terrorist activities through Europe.

    The NY Times, in it´s “Magazine” edition of February 6, 2000 published that: “Last year, sources in Jordan say, the Mukhabarat, the intelligence service, alerted the C.I.A. to at least three plots by Bosnia-based Islamic terrorists to attack U.S. targets in Europe.”

    Recently, Kenneth Katzman, of the Library of Congress’ Congressional Research Service, released an updated report on terrorism. That report identified cells of the Bin Laden Al-Quaida Network in the Middle East, Africa, Bosnia, and Albania.

    Albania/ Kosovo Albanians

    Osama Bin Laden’s activities in Albania are well known and documented. As a matter of fact at one point the presence of his network in that country was so powerful that US Defence Secretary William Cohen cancelled a scheduled visit July 1999 for fear of being assassinated.

    It is believed that Bin Laden solidified his organization in Albania in 1994 with the help of then premier Sali Berisha. Albania’s ties to the Islamicist terrorist blossomed during Berisha´s rule when the main Kosovo Albanian KLA training base was on Berisha´s property in northern Albania.

    Fundamentalists were well established in Albania, despite several raids by the CIA and Albanian security forces that seized five key members of Islamic Jihad and other Middle Eastern groups in summer of 1998.

    Around that time, a joint CIA-Albanian intelligence operation has reported mujahadeen units from at least half a dozen Middle East countries streaming across the border into Kosovo from bases in Albania. The American request came at a meeting of US envoys with the leaders of the ethnic-Albanian Kosovo Liberation Army at their headquarters in Geneva.

    A few years ago, Albanian authorities working with the Central Intelligence Agency claimed to have uncovered a terrorist network operated by Osama Bin Laden. The network is said to have been set up to use Albania, a nominally Muslim country, as a springboard for operations in Europe.

    Fatos Klosi, the head of Shik, the Albanian intelligence service, said that Bin Laden had visited Albania himself.

    Bin Laden’s organization was one of several fundamentalist groups that had sent units to fight in Kosovo, the neighboring province of Serbia. Apparent confirmation of Bin Laden´s activities came when Claude Kader, 27, a French national and self-confessed member of Bin Laden´s Albanian network, was jailed for the murder of a local translator. He claimed during his trial that he had visited Albania to recruit and arm fighters for Kosovo, and that four of his associates were still at large.

    Bin Laden is believed to have established an operation in Albania in 1994 after telling the government that he was head of a wealthy Saudi humanitarian agency keen to help Europe´s poorest nation.

    In April 2000 the Yugoslav news agency Tanjug said the “notorious international terrorist” and “Islamic fanatic” arrived in Kosovo from Albania.

    “Until recently, Bin Laden was training a group of almost 500 mujahadeen [Muslim fighters] from Arab countries around the Albanian towns of Podgrade and Korce for terrorist actions in Kosovo.”

    The report added that an eventual 2000-strong group of “extremists” planned “to set off a new wave of violence in southern Serbia (the area linked by the towns Presevo, Bujanovac, Medvedja).”

    In March of 2000, the BBC reported that KFOR raided a Saudi charity operating in Kosovo after being tipped off by U.S. officials that it may have links to Bin Laden. The Islamic relief organization strongly denied the allegations.

    Before the NATO air campaign, the Yugoslav government said on its website that KLA fighters from Kosovo had been attending terrorist training camps in Arab states, “financed by some renegade Saudi businessmen” – an apparent reference to Bin Laden.

    In May of 1999, the Washington Times reported that the KLA had borrowed money “from known terrorists like Osama Bin Laden.”

    Two months earlier, Israeli investigative journalist Steve Rodan wrote that, according to European security and diplomatic sources, “Kosovo has become the latest and most significant arena for radical Islamic states and groups that seek to widen their influence in Europe.”

    Macedonia

    The danger exhibited by Macedonia was foreseen by Henry Kissinger in his Washington Post article of February 22, 1999 (“No U.S. Ground Forces for Kosovo: Leadership Doesn´t Mean That We Must Do Everything for Ourselves”):

    “Ironically, the projected peace agreement increases the likelihood of the various possible escalations sketched by the president as justifications for a U.S. deployment. An independent Albanian Kosovo surely would seek to incorporate the neighboring Albanian minorities — mostly in Macedonia — and perhaps even Albania itself. And a Macedonian conflict would land us precisely back in the Balkan wars of earlier in this century. Will Kosovo then become the premise for a NATO move into Macedonia, just as the deployment in Bosnia is invoked as justification for the move into Kosovo? Is NATO to be the home for a whole series of Balkan NATO protectorates?”

    The connection between Macedonia, its conflict and Bin Laden’s involvement can be gleaned from a Washington Times editorial on June 22, 2001, (“Bin Laden´s new special envoys”):

    “[The NLA] is fighting to keep control over the region’s drug trafficking, which has grown into a large, lucrative enterprise since the Kosovo war. In addition to drug money, the NLA also has another prominent venture capitalist: Osama Bin Laden.

    The Muslim terrorist leader, according to a document obtained by The Washington Times and written by the chief commander of the Macedonian Security Forces, puts out the front money for the rebel group through a representative in Macedonia: “This person is representative of Osama Bin Laden, who is the main financial supporter of the National Liberation Army, where to date he has paid $6 to $7 million for the needs of the National Liberation Army.”

    It is important to point out that in Macedonia, local drug-trafficking is now out of control. Osama Bin Laden is realizing that this growing reality of Albanian narco-terrorism could lead to the emergence of a situation in which his venture may become powerful enough to control one or more states in the region. In practical terms, this will involve either Albania or Macedonia, or both. Politically, this is now being done by channeling profits from narco-terrorism into local governments and political parties.

    Strategically, Macedonia is very important to Osama Bin Laden and his followers from another perspective as well. It closes the loop between East and West, and more particularly it gives him an open hand when it comes to control of the new pipeline that is planned to stretch from Bulgaria to Albania ports. This way Osama Bin Laden would have the ability to control the distribution of oil to the United States.

    Conclusion

    This article has attempted to deliver the reader with the evidence of the influence gained by Osama Bin Laden in the Balkans. The Centre for Peace in the Balkans, throughout its existence, has warned that tacit cooperation with terrorists like Osama Bin Laden would undoubtedly result in catastrophic consequences around the globe. Turning a blind-eye while Bosnian Muslims and Albanians in Yugoslavia and Macedonia actively worked with Islamicist terrorist elements, right under the nose of NATO, was bound to destabilize other parts of the world. Strengthened and emboldened by success in the Balkans, these terrorists have now gone on to fulfill what in essence was the Crown Jewel of terror, terror over the whole of North America. In fact, it is certain that the New York and Washington catastrophes served as a recruitment advertisement for the movement.

    Yesterday it was the Balkans, today the USA, tomorrow it’s anybody’s guess. After the events of September 11th, it appears that our imagination is too conservative for the minds of terror. The United States and NATO countries found these terrorist elements “useful” in the service of past policy objectives, whether it was Afghanistan, Bosnia or Kosovo. The real question now is who was using whom? Radical terrorists, whether Islamicist or not, are tigers which cannot be ridden. The foolishness of how any Pentagon, CIA or State Department analyst could have viewed otherwise became horrifically apparent on September 11, 2001.

    http://www.balkanpeace.org/index.php?index=/content/analysis/a09.incl

  5. Dreist was der Gangster der Geldwäsche, des Waffen und Drogen Handels als Promotion Nr. 1 Figur für Terroristen hier in Tirana versucht.

    Von Seiten des Iran wurde der Fall sehr ernst genommen. Am 30. Dezember 2013 wurde einer der mächtigsten Geschäftsleute im Land, Babak Zanjani, verhaftet. Er wurde am 6. März wegen Diebstahl, Korruption, Betrug, Schmuggel und wegen Beeinträchtigung der Sicherheit des Staates zum Tode verurteilt. Zwei andere Iraner, Camellia Jamshidy und Hossein Najafzadeh, sind auf der Flucht.

    Jedoch wenige Tage nach diesem ersten Skandal, am 26. Dezember, flog ein zweiter auf: Richter Muammer Akkaş entdeckte die geheimen Gespräche des damaligen Premierministers Recep Tayyip Erdoğan und seiner beiden Söhne Bilal und Burak mit ihrem Freund, dem Schatzmeister von Al-Kaida, Yaseen Al-Qadi, der von den Vereinten Nationen gesucht wurde. Obwohl die Sicherheitskräfte den Auftrag hatten sie festzunehmen, verweigerte die Polizei von Istanbul, die Verhaftung auszuführen und der Ermittlungsrichter wurde von seinem Amt enthoben.

    Als Reaktion auf diese Untersuchungen verurteilte Recep Tayyip Erdoğan die Operation als eine von seinem ehemaligen Verbündeten, dem in den Vereinigten Staaten niedergelassenen Islamisten Fethullah Gülen ferngelenkte und vom Botschafter und ehemaligen Chef des Geheimdienstes im Staatssekretariat, Francis Ricciardone Jr., unterstützte und sogar orchestrierte Operation. Er ging noch weiter, indem er Gülen und die CIA beschuldigte, eine Parallelstruktur innerhalb des Staates geschaffen zu haben. Er setzte 350 Polizisten und Staatsanwälte ab, die an der Schaffung der AKP teilgenommen hatten und die dort die Gülen-Fraktion vertraten.

    http://www.voltairenet.org/article191011.html

  6. 90 Albanische Kriminelle, mit ihren alten Partnern, den Tschetenen, kämpfen auf Seite der Al-Queda – „al-Nusra Front

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    90 Albanische Kriminelle, mit ihren alten Partnern, den Tschetenen, kämpfen auf Seite der Al-Queda – „al-Nusra Front

    Alles die lange bekannten Muster, der sogenannten Humanitären Organisationen, hinter denen sich Terroristen Organisationen, oft auch der Mafia verstecken, wo die Amerikaner und Türken wie in Bosnien, Kosovo Terroristen und Schlächter finanzieren, welche wahllos Zivilisten morden.

    Es ist mehr wie offensichtlich, das die USA, Britten vor allem die Zerstörung der Kulturen und Staaten organisieren, im Sinne einer Islamisierung der Welt, durch den radikalen Islamismus.
    Syria and support of Al-Qaeda: US, France and UK support Islamism and parallel with Kashmir and Bosnia
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    Syria and support of Al-Qaeda: US, France and UK support Islamism and parallel with Kashmir and Bosnia Jibril Khoury and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The conflicts in Afghanistan, Bosnia, Kashmir, Kosovo, Libya and in other parts of the mainly Islamic world, or where you have Muslim and non-Muslim fault-lines, appears to have one binding […]

    Insgesamt wurden 769 Albaner bis jetzt angeheuert, 90 kämpfen bereits in Syrien, weil man in der Heimat auch keine Arbeit findet.

    Und die Amerikaner, senden erneut wie kurz vor dem Mazedonischen Terror Krieg, Militär Berater der MPRI.com damals, Satelliten Funk Geräte und Spezial Ausrüstung an die Terroristen nach Syrien.

    http://cdn.cumhuriyet.com.tr/medya.php?mn=115188&s=0

    Fehmi Bulent Yildirim: Orts Vertreter des Türkischen Geheimdienstes MIT und Partner von Yassin kadi, dem legendären Bin Laden Financier, schon im Bosnien Krieg und in Albanien.

    IHH Humanitarian Relief Foundation[2] (Turkish: İHH İnsani Yardım Vakfı; full Turkish name: İnsan Hak ve Hürriyetleri ve İnsani Yardım Vakfı,[3] in English: The Foundation for Human Rights and Freedoms and Humanitarian Relief) or İHH is a Turkish NGO, whose members are predominantly Turkish Muslims, active in more than 100 countries.[4]

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    Established in 1992 and officially registered in Istanbul in 1995, İHH provides humanitarian relief in areas of war, earthquake, hunger, and conflict.[5] The İHH holds Special Consultative Status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council since 2004[6][7] Current president of the İHH is Fehmi Bülent Yıldırım.

    Mindesten 4 Albaner, vor allem aus Mazedonien wurden in Syrien bereits erschossen, als sie mit den dortigen Terroristen unterwegs waren

    Der Internationale Terror und Bin Laden Financier: Yassin Kadi, der MIT und die Familie Recep Erdogan bildne eine Einheit.

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    Yassin Kadi, Motor des Bin Laden auch in Albanien: Koordinator der Türkischen Regierung mit Terroristen.

     

    Der Bin Laden Financier auch im Balkan: Yassin Kadi, arbeitet nun für die NATO, Erdogan und den Türkischen MIT

    Wed Aug 14, 2013 3:57
    Exclusive: Turkish NGO Recruiting Muslim Albanians for War in Syria
    Exclusive: Turkish NGO Recruiting Muslim Albanians for War in Syria
    TEHRAN (FNA)- Turkish charity organization, IHH, has recruited hundreds of Muslim Albanians and sent them to Syria after military trainings in Turkey to take part in the armed struggle against the Damascus government, informed sources said.

    „The IHH, which operates under the cover of relief and charity activities and acts in full coordination with Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu and extremist Saudi Wahhabi groups, has so far recruited and transferred a number of 769 Albanians to Syria to join the so-called Free Syrian Army (FSA),“ an informed source who asked to remain anonymous for fear of his life, told FNA on Wednesday.

    The source, who has defected the program after two weeks of war in Syria, added that those recruited by the IHH „have been transfered to Turkey via Tirana and undergone military trainings by retired US officers stationed in Reyhanli military base in the Southern Turkish province of Hatay“.

    „The last one of these recruited groups comprised 90 Albanian nationals who were flown to Istanbul from Tirana on Turkish Air flight no. 1078 on June 30, 2013,“ he continued.

    Asked about the cause of his defection, the source said, „Despite IHH’s efforts to recruit the said people for the FSA, around 450 of these Muslim Albanians have defected the FSA after a few weeks of war and joined al-Qaeda-linked groups, specially the al-Nusra Front“ as al-Qaeda groups enjoy better supplies, backup and organization and lead the war of insurgency in Syria.

    The source said he returned to Albania after he had seen the war crimes committed by the terrorist groups against civilians in Syria.

    He said he did not meet his family after returning to Albania as he was deeply fearful of the reaction of the Turkish intelligence officers and their mercenaries in Albania, adding that his family joined him only after escaping Tirana.

    In June, tens of retired US Army officers accompanied by a military cargo infiltrated into Syria through Turkey’s Hatay province.

    “An American C-130 plane carrying a cargo of hi-tech telecommunications equipment and devices and 57 retired US officers landed in Turkey’s Hatay province this morning,” an informed source, speaking on condition of anonymity, told FNA on June 23.

    “The US officers crossed the border with Syria via Reyhanli (in Hatay province) and their goal is to take charge of the central command of all military activities of armed rebels in Syria,” added the source.

    He mentioned that the military cargo, containing the telecommunications equipment, left Reyhanli for the border crossing after the US officers arrived at their destination in Northern Syria.

    Also in June, a report said that the US spy agency was gearing up to send weapons to insurgent groups in Syria through secret bases in Turkey and Jordan.

    “The bases are expected to begin conveying shipments of weapons and ammunition within weeks,” the US daily, The Washington Post, reported in June, quoting unnamed American officials as saying.

    The IHH was established in Istanbul in 1991 by advocates of Turkey’s Welfare Party founded by former Turkish Prime Minister Necmettin Erbakan. It played a positive role in supporting Bosnian Muslims during the Bosnia War (1992-1995).

    Throughout the coming years, IHH distanced itself from Turkey’s Welfare and Felicity Parties. After the outbreak of unrests in Syria in March 2011 it actively took part in helping the Syrian opposition groups.

    IHH was supposed to provide humanitarian relief in case of outbreak of war, earthquake, hunger or conflict. Current president of the IHH is Fehmi Bulent Yildirim, but his deputy Osman Atalay is practically in charge of IHH’s affairs.

    Atalay acts in full coordination with Davutoglu, Salafis and Wahhabis, and is engaged in humanitarian relief operations on the surface.

    According to the Foundation of Islamic Brotherhood, there is corroborative evidence that IHH (under the cover of humanitarian aid) is providing the terrorists in Syria with heavy weaponry, including anti-aircraft missiles and Turkish newspapers and western officials in Syria have mentioned this help to the Syrian rebels…………………………………………….http://english.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13920523000421

    Wed Aug 14, 2013 1:33
    Syrian Army Kills Al-Nusra Ringleader in Deir Ez-Zor
    Syrian Army Kills Al-Nusra Ringleader in Deir Ez-Zor
    TEHRAN (FNA)- The Syrian army killed a notorious Al-Qaeda ringleader in Deir Ez-Zor countryside in Eastern Syria.

    The army killed Emad al-Ahmad al-Hamd, a most wanted terrorist from the Al-Qaeda-linked al-Nusra Front, in al-Haviqeh region of Deir Ez-Zor.

    The Syrian army also in a separate operation in another part of Deir Ez-Zor targeted and killed several members of other al-Qaeda-linked terrorist groups, including Balal Taleb al-Daghar who was the ringleader of Kataeb al-Mustafa terrorist group and Abu al-Zir al-Deiri and Ahmad al-Mashraq who were ringleaders of the so-called Saeqeh terrorist group in Syria.

    The conflict in Syria started in March 2011, when sporadic pro-reform protests turned into a massive insurgency following the intervention of western and regional states.

    The unrest, which took in terrorist groups from across Europe, the Middle-East and North Africa, has transpired as one of the bloodiest conflicts in recent history…http://english.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13920523000643
    Chechen and Caucasus Islamists in Syria: Turkey, Russian Federation and UK Policies
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    Chechen and Caucasus Islamists in Syria: Turkey, Russian Federation and UK Policies Murad Makhmudov and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times United Kingdom It is odious for the British government to claim that you have to support “a so-called third force” in Syria, while the secular government of this nation is fighting international jihadists, […]
    Syria and Mali: Intended and Unintended Islamist Terrorist rat lines and the Libya angle
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    Syria and Mali: Intended and Unintended Islamist Terrorist rat lines and the Libya angle Murad Makhmudov and Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The reality of modern day Syria and Mali says much about the schizophrenic approach to foreign policy in relationship to America, France and the United Kingdom. Gulf nations and Turkey are also […]

    Al Nusrah Front confirms al Qaeda veteran killed in US airstrike

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    Al Nusrah Front confirmed today that Abu Firas al Suri, a veteran jihadist who served al Qaeda since the 1980s, was killed in an American airstrike on Apr. 3. The group eulogized Abu Firas in a statement released online that was translated by the SITE Intelligence Group.

    The al Qaeda arm says that Abu Firas was killed along with a “group from the best of our brothers” in a “Crusader airstrike carried out by the Crusader-Arab coalition led by America.”

    The jihadists portray the airstrike as a service to Bashar al Assad’s regime.

    “America has blatantly helped the Nusayri [a pejorative used to describe Alawites and Bashar al Assad’s government] regime, where it bombed a camp that was preparing to graduate a class of mujahideen to fill their role in defending their religion and people, the people of al Sham [Syria], against the hordes of the enemy that gathered against them, including the Nusayris, Rafidha [Shiites], and Crusaders,” the statement reads, according to SITE’s translation.

    The camp’s “class of heroes” was from the same “group” of jihadists that overran the village of Talat al-‘Iss two days earlier, according to Al Nusrah. In other words, the al Qaeda group claims that those killed in the airstrike are the same as those jihadists fighting Assad and his allies.

    Al Nusrah is a regional branch of al Qaeda’s global organization

    The Department of Defense confirmed on Apr. 4 that Abu Firas was targeted in a US airstrike. Pentagon Press Secretary Peter Cook said that “al Qaeda members meeting in northwestern Syria” were the target, but he did not say anything about the training camp Al Nusrah claims was hit.

    Cook acknowledged Abu Firas’ longstanding membership in al Qaeda, noting that he began working for Osama bin Laden in the 1980s. But Cook’s description of Al Nusrah made its al Qaeda affiliation sound weaker than it really is.

    In light of the fact that an American airstrike targeted Abu Firas, a reporter asked Cook if Al Nusrah’s leaders are a “legitimate target.” The Pentagon Press Secretary replied: “We have always considered al Qaeda leaders to be legitimate targets. Of course, Al Nusrah has its ties to al Qaeda. And that is something that we’ve been very upfront about for years. And [this] continues to be an ongoing, active part of our efforts, will be to target al Qaeda leadership.”

    However, Al Nusrah doesn’t just have “ties” to al Qaeda. Al Nusrah is one of al Qaeda’s several regional branches. The others are: Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), Al Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent (AQIS), Al Qaeda in the Islamic Magreb (AQIM), and Shabaab. Still other organizations are also part of al Qaeda’s network. [For more on al Qaeda’s regional branches, see LWJ report, Analysis: Al Nusrah Front ‘committed’ to Ayman al Zawahiri’s ‘orders’.]

    As a regional branch of al Qaeda, Al Nusrah is responsible for waging jihad in its designated geographical area, the Levant. Like other regional heads of al Qaeda’s global organization, Al Nusrah emir Abu Muhammad al Julani has sworn an oath of allegiance (bayat) to al Qaeda chieftain Ayman al Zawahiri. And Julani is openly loyal to Zawahiri to this day.

    During a two-part interview that aired on Al Jazeera in late May and early June 2015, Julani explained the he is “committed to the orders of Dr. Ayman [al Zawahiri]” and follows the “directives that come to us from” the al Qaeda master.

    “By the grace of Allah,” Julani said, “we have inherited this banner and this jihad.” The “al Qaeda organization or the Afghan jihad renewed the jihad,” leading it to be “extended to Iraq, Yemen, Somalia, Mali, Algeria, and…the Levant.” With the exception of Iraq, al Qaeda’s official branches openly operate in all of the areas mentioned by Julani. (It is possible that al Qaeda is clandestinely working inside Iraq as well.)

    In another interview, aired on Orient TV in December of last year, Julani refused to break from Zawahiri. He also explained how al Qaeda works. Nusrah “at this stage is only interested in fighting Bashar al Assad and Hezbollah,” he said. Julani elaborated by explaining that the al Qaeda organization “has various roles divided among various parties” and “not everyone has the same role.” Al Qaeda may have “people who are fighting the United States and operating in Europe,” but that is not Al Nusrah’s task.

    “We have people whose hair had gone gray in the mountains of Afghanistan and elsewhere,” Julani continued. “They had been involved in war against the [Assad] regime in the Levant the 1980s” and went on “to Afghanistan and were involved in the war against the Russians, then the war between the factions there and the Taliban government, and then the American war, before returning to the Levant to fight the [Assad] regime.”

    Although Julani did not name any of these jihadist veterans, he clearly had men such as Abu Firas al Suri in mind. Abu Firas’ life followed almost precisely the same path outlined by Julani.

    Abu Firas first waged jihad against the Assad regime in the 1970s and 1980s and then against the Russians in Afghanistan. He fought on the side of the Taliban government in the 1990s, before relocating to Yemen in the early 2000s. He returned to Syria in late 2012 or early 2013 to fight the Assad regime once again. Abu Firas was part of a cadre of al Qaeda veterans who were sent to Syria to help lead Al Nusrah.

    An American airstrike finally ended Abu Firas’ decades-long career.

    For more on Abu Firas al Suri, see LWJ reports:

    Al Qaeda veteran appears in Al Nusrah Front video, criticizes rival (Mar. 20, 2014)

    Al Nusrah Front spokesman explains differences with Islamic State in video appearance (Aug. 13, 2014)

    Al Qaeda veteran takes on a more prominent role as spokesman in Syria (Sept. 6, 2014)

    New Al Nusrah Front video features interview with leader, military gains in Syria (Feb. 13, 2015)

    Al Nusrah Front celebrates 9/11 attacks in new video (June 29, 2015)

    Jihadists say airstrike killed veteran al Qaeda leader in Syria (Apr. 3, 2016)

    Pentagon confirms US targeted veteran al Qaeda leader in Syria (Apr. 4, 2016)

    Note: The spellings of Al Nusrah and al Qaeda have been standardized throughout this article, including in the quotes from Pentagon Press Secretary Peter Cook.

  7. Norbert Mappes-Niediek
    Die Tirana-Connection

    OSAMA BIN LADEN UND DIE ALBANER*Ein Versuch, den Nebel aus vielen Halbwahrheiten zu lüften

    Seit Jahren vermuten westliche Geheimdienste, dass der Balkan eine Drehscheibe des islamischen Fundamentalismus in Europa ist. Neben Bosnien, wo 1995 nachweislich eine etwa 3.000 Mann starke arabische Hilfstruppe am Bürgerkrieg teilnahm, steht auch Albanien im Verdacht, ein Sprungbrett Osama bin Ladens zu sein.

    Abdi Baleta verfügt über das erhabene Lächeln, das religiöse Fanatiker zuweilen eigen ist. Glatt rasiert und im westlichen Anzug, streut der frühere albanische UNO-Botschafter Bemerkungen über Allah in seine Rede ein. An einer Wand der kleinbürgerlich-europäisch eingerichteten Wohnung in Tirana hängt die Kalligraphie einer Koran-Sure. Aus kommunistischen Tagen hat der frühere Diplomat sich seine Gläubigkeit, seine Bewunderung für Enver Hoxha und seine Abneigung gegen Supermächte bewahrt. Nicht dagegen den Hass des alten Regimes auf jede Religion: Baleta hat eine noch immer winzige Partei der Nationalen Wiedergeburt gegründet und fungiert heute als schmale, brüchige Brücke zwischen albanischem Nationalismus und islamischem Fundamentalismus.

    Was es an albanischen Kontakten zu radikalen Islamisten gibt, verliert sich zum größeren Teil im Nebel von Propaganda und geheimdienstlich inspirierten Gerüchten. In der Kosovo-Krise 1998/99 überschwemmte eine Fülle von Material die Öffentlichkeit: Das damalige Belgrader Regime wollte auf der Suche nach Verbündeten die Albaner in die islamistische Schublade stecken. Nicht alles davon war erfunden. Zweimal hat sogar Osama bin Laden persönlich Albanien besucht: 1994 gab er dem damaligen Präsidenten Sali Berisha eine Reihe Hilfsversprechen, aus denen aber nichts wurde. Aus dieser Zeit datiert das Wirken einer mysteriösen Albanisch-Arabischen Islamischen Bank, die im Regierungsviertel von Tirana einen eleganten Sitz erhielt und deren Grundkapital zu 60 Prozent aus der Schatulle bin Ladens stammen soll. Das zweite Mal kam er 1998, diesmal, um Terroristen nach Italien zu schleusen.

    Ansonsten aber liegen zwischen dem Islam bin Ladens und den Albanern Welten. Zwar bekennen sich nach einer immer wieder kritiklos kolportierten Zahl 70 Prozent der Skipetaren zum muslimischen Glauben, aber im Alltag spielt die Religion nirgends eine Rolle. Schweinezucht ist traditionell unüblich, Alkoholkonsum aber ist akzeptiert und erreicht gut-christliche Dimensionen. Schleier sind unbekannt, Kopftücher sieht man nur, wo sie zur ländlichen Tracht gehören. Die Moscheen des Landes, von Enver Hoxha sämtlich geschlossen, fungieren teils noch immer als Lagerraum oder Jugendclub. Neue werden, wenn überhaupt, vom Saudischen Komitee gebaut. Meistens stehen sie leer.

    Albanische Nationalisten – in Albanien selbst eher eine Seltenheit – können mit dem Islam schon gar nichts anfangen: Ihr großer Held Skanderbeg verteidigte die Christenheit gegen die Muselmanen, und auch in der berühmten Kosovo-Schlacht wollen nationale Albaner ihre Vorfahren auf der christlichen Seite sehen. Muslimische Namen gelten als „schlecht“: Jugendliche schämen sich, wenn sie Hajrudin, Hasan oder Mehmet heißen. „Gute“ Albaner nennen ihre Kinder Ilir nach den alten Illyrern oder nach albanischen Städten Vlora oder Elbasan. Osama bin Laden und seinen bärtigen Gefährten muss die albanische Welt wie ein Sündenbabel vorkommen.

    http://www.freitag.de/2001/46/01460402.php

  8. Ende Juni gab es einen Kabel Brand bei dem Bauschrott in den Hochhauesern

     

    Fire at Tirana Twin Towers, a few metters away from Russian Embassy

    Fire at Tirana Twin Towers, a few metters away from Russian Embassy
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    Flames swept through the first floor of one of the buildings of the Twin Towers, at center Tirana square.

    The fire has fallen into one of the storage rooms and the cause is thought to have been an electrical spark. No one is hurt, but some material damages are caused. Once the fire begun to appear the area were populated by many citizens who fled immediately. Police and firefighters evacuated the people inside the Tower, the first floor of which was engulfed by flames.

    Near the Twin Towers, are the offices of several state institutions and the Constitutional Court. Also, a few meters away are located the offices of some of the diplomatic missions in our country as the Russian, Serbian and Kosovo Embassy. The investigation team went to the scene and is working to determine the cause.

    It is thought that electric spark caused the fire.

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