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Old 17-08-2012, 01:03 AM   #29
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Arrow British & Saudi Mujahideen

Interview with Birmingham University Trained Medical Student British Mujahideen from Golders Green...In Bosnia.

During the Bosnian war 1992-1995, some foreign Muslims came to Bosnia as mujahideen. The war had been depicted in the international press as an attack on Muslims. Serb forces attacked Bosniak (Bosnian Muslim) communities indiscriminately, and committed substantial atrocities against the Bosniak population (see Bosnian Genocide, Srebrenica Massacre, Serbian War Crimes in the Yugoslav Wars). This moved Muslims who shared mujahideen beliefs to come to the aid of oppressed fellow Muslims, and also presented an opportunity to strike at "infidels".They came from places such as Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Jordan, Egypt, Iraq and the Palestinian Territories; to quote the summary of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia judgment...The British recruiter Abu Hamza al-Masri, who was friends with Mokhtarim related that he was "a good-hearted person...a hard worker, a lion in fighting...a good brother - but he's too young and naive"...

Muslim volunteers were primarily organized into an umbrella detachment of the 7th Muslim Brigade, which was a brigade of the Army of the Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina, based in Zenica. This independent subdivision colloquially known as El-Mud┼żahid, was composed exclusively of foreign nationals and not Bosnians (whereas the 7th Muslim Brigade was entirely made up of native Bosniaks) and consisted of somewhere between 300 to 1,500 volunteers...Foreign volunteers in Bosnia have been variously accused of committing war crimes during the conflict...Abdelkader Mokhtari ( Abu el-Ma'ali, The Gendarme) is an Arab commander who became a "sacred legend" for the Bosnian mujahideen in the Bosnian War...As of 1996, some sources suggested that he was believed to have led the 3rd Corps, known as the Gazi'a Force, an Arabic term for retribution, which incorporated formerly independent mujahideen units into a single force... Other reports suggest he only led the training portion of the Corps, known as U-Force...A 1997 French report suggested that he had managed to keep a cache of SA-7 missiles after the Dayton Accords, due to his protection and status with President Izetbegović...He is also accused of organising an alleged Mujahideen cell in the King Fahd Mosque in the Dobrinja district of Sarajevo. In 1998, the French government accused him of smuggling explosives to an Egyptian group wanting to destroy American targets in Germany...In 2005, he was interviewed by a Bosnian magazine about the injustice he saw in the trial against Abduladhim Maktouf, a Mujahideen alleged to have been involved in the mistreatment of Croatian prisoners. He noted that he had married a Bosnian wife...An Algerian, Mokhtari came to the battle with experience from his time in the Armed Islamic Group...

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