A jihad in a Balkan cloak
The collapse of communism and Yugoslavia’s violent break up have enabled Islamic extremists to become territorially entrenched and infiltrate local Muslim communities, for the most part strongly averse to religious fanaticism.
- Monday, 27 February 2017
"Thousands of fighters are re- turning to Bosnia from Syria and Iraq and pose a serious threat for the whole of Europe”. This warning, issued last December by Croatian President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic, led to a diplomatic crisis between Zagreb and Sarajevo. For Bosnia-Herzegovina’s security minister, the “thousands” figure was an exaggeration. The risk is nevertheless a real one: Islamic extremism is affecting a growing minority among the approximately 8.5 million Muslims who live in the Balkan states.