The Daily Mail often reports news that other sources don’t dare speak about, but it all too frequently does so in a clueless and stupid manner, and this is yet another example: this “ISIS stronghold” in a “picturesque European village” wasn’t just “discovered”; it was the subject of a Reuters profile last March. Nonetheless, this report contains some useful information. It is noteworthy that this outpost of the Islamic State is in Bosnia, where we have been repeatedly assured that all the Muslims are moderate, peace-loving pro-American secular people.
“ISIS stronghold discovered in picturesque European village where everyone is ‘ready to respond to the summons to jihad,'” by Jenny Stanton, Mailonline, July 19, 2015:
Islamic State militants have established a stronghold in a picturesque village in mainland Europe where everyone is ‘ready to respond to the summons to jihad (holy war)’, it has been revealed.
Land in Osve, Bosnia-Hercegovina, is being bought by ISIS fighters and security services believe the area is used to train terrorists.
The discovery comes after the mountain village of Gornja Maoca in the country, where residents fly the notorious ISIS flag, was raided by police.
According to Patrick Hill and Ed Wight at the Sunday Mirror, at least 12 jihadis trained in Osve and travelled to Syria in recent months. Five have reportedly been killed.
A number of high-profile terrorists are said to have bought land and properties in the area.
Terrorism expert Dzevad Galijasevic told the Sunday Mirror that a large number of people are going to Syria from the village, which he describes as the source of a major terror threat.
‘There is no one there who isn’t ready to respond to the summons to jihad,’ he added.
However, radical Muslims are a minority in Bosnia, which has a mostly moderate and secular Muslim population.
However some youngsters have embraced the ideas of the puritanical Sunni Wahhabi sect.
In April, Bosnia introduced jail terms of up to 10 years for citizens who fight or recruit fighters for conflicts abroad.
In September, Bosnian police detained 16 people on charges of financing terrorist activities, recruiting and fighting for radical groups in Syria and Iraq, authorities said.
The arrests were made in 17 raids across the Balkan country. Television footage showed police making arrests in Gornja Maoca….