Fundamentalist Islam Finds Fertile Ground in Bosnia

[Der Spiegel-Germany] Renate Flottau - The Dayton Peace Accords called for the removal of foreign combatants from Bosnia after the Balkans war. But hundreds of mujahedeen fighters stayed, and today they are successfully spreading their fundamentalist Islamist views. Terrorism experts fear Bosnia could become a base for extremists, since many Bosnian Muslims have become radicalized through the influence of foreign combatants as well as the charitable Islamic organizations that spread their beliefs with money. Wahhabism is quickly gaining ground in the country, financed primarily by Saudi Arabian backers, who have invested well over a half-billion euros in Bosnia's development - especially in the construction of over 150 mosques.

2007-11-15 01:00:00

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