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In September of 1995. Rade Rogic, a Serb soldier was ritually killed with a knife by #mujahideen Al Harbi Teufik (Tawfik), served with the 5th corps of the Muslim #Bosnia Army, 505th #Buzim brigade. This was not only the murder of this notorious murderer and late #ISIS member. ⤵️
Al Harbi Teufik came in 1992. to serve in Muslim #Bosnia Army as a jihadi warrior with Saudi Arabia 🇸🇦 citizenship. In the verdict of the Court of BiH 🇧🇦 in the Alic case, it was confirmed that he also killed Basic Branko, Devetak Mirko, Stambolija Petar, and Borosina Pero.⤵️
After the war in Bosnia, he moved back to Saudi Arabia without prosecution, but it was not the end of his military and jihadi journey since 2013. he became one of the highly ranked #ISIS officials in #Syria with new name Sultan Al Safri al Harbi nicknamed “Abu Nassar Al-Harbi”⤵️
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THREAD #OTD in 1918 elected representatives from South Slav lands of former Austria-Hungary address non-elected King of #Serbia expressing their desire to create a joint state, initially under lame name of Kingdom of #Serbs, #Croats & #Slovenes (SHS), later renamed #Yugoslavia /2
2/ An archetypical #Balkans business: well-intended, ill prepared, poorly executed. All sides try to cheat & gain advantage over their partners, with biggest & strongest imposing their will at force whenever they can, at same time paying lip service to equality and brotherhood /3
3/ So begin lies, manipulations & exploitation of good intentions for selfish means. The only politician with a vision who could turn that mess into a sort-of-modern state is assassinated in parliament, precisely for calling to stop endless retelling of myths & move forward /4
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Vienna attacker was born and raised in #Vienna
He also had "Albanian roots" (parents from North Macedonia)

The gunman shot dead in the Vienna attacks was also one of 90 Austrian Islamists who wanted to travel to #Syria

Why is it relevant?

mobile.reuters.com/article/amp/id…
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The #Balkans play an important role for #ISIS, which sees them as a buffer and a future battleground. The region already has established networks that can be used to transfer people and to raise support for ISIS.
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ISIS has popped up in all corners of the globe, not being contained in the territory it physically controls in Iraq and Syria. Its goal is to create a Caliphate, an Islamic state which holds religious authority over the ENTIRE global Islamic community.
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House Armed Service Committee taking a look at the US defense posture in #Europe

"#Russia is becoming more aggressive, not less" per HASC Chair @RepAdamSmith "Our need to have a deterrence there is enormously important"

Some background: voanews.com/usa/us-pulling…
"I also am concerned about the effect it [US force posture in #Europe] has on our partnerships" per @RepAdamSmith

"We definitely need friends & allies more than ever..." he says, referring to @NATO
"If we do things to undermine the alliance in what appears to be a gratuitous way, without working w/them, without listening to them, it undermines the strength of that alliance and plays right into #Russia's hands" per @RepAdamSmith
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Russian Diplomacy, September 15:
Lavrov spoke with #Italy's Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio, who insisted on Lavrov explaining the #Navalny case, which he obviously failed to do.

They also discussed the situations in #Libya, #Belarus, and bilateral cooperation. Image
#Germany's relations with #Russia seem to be melting down over the attempted assassination by the #GRU of #Navalny.

Lavrov spewed threats and garbage on the phone with Germany's Foreign Minister Heiko Maas over the case. Image
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4 covers of "Le Petit Journal" dedicated to #Serbia in WW1. (1/2).
Courtesy of imgur.com/a/TuDPC, found on a Tweet that I cannot find again, hence RT. ImageImageImageImage
4 more covers of "Le Petit Journal" dedicated to #Serbia in WW1. (2/2).
Courtesy of imgur.com/a/TuDPC, found on a Tweet that I cannot find again, hence RT. ImageImageImageImage
3. These 8 covers show pro-Serbian feeling & encouragements pushed in #Paris during #WW1.
At the time, #France was trying to obtain the establishment of a #Balkan front in order to help #Serbia, pincer #Quadruplice & alleviate Western front.
80,000 French died there.
And we won.. ImageImageImageImage
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NEW: "Our defense efforts, both w/#EU and @NATO have to be fully complimentary" German Parliamentary State Secretary @SilberhornMdB tells @AtlanticCouncil re: Germany's defense efforts w/its presidency of the Council of the European Union Image
"There is not unanimity in many matters on defense issues" within the EU, per @SilberhornMdB "There are different approaches among European Union countries"

"We should have the strength to focus on common interests" in #Balkans #NorthAfrica
Need for EU to "strategically convene our approaches" in #Libya & especially Western #Balkans, per @SilberhornMdB
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"We've always made it clear we want a productive, load-bearing relationship" w/#Russia, #Britain Ambassador to US @KarenPierceUK tells @CSIS

"The fundamental question has to be why does Russia reject these overtures" from #UK, other countries
"All these things we're seeing are synonymous w/the rise of President #Putin", per @KarenPierceUK, re poisonings, disinfo campaigns, support of #Syria's use of chemical weapons

"They're putting a lot of effort into undermining" the West, she adds
#Russia-#China: "I doubt very much its a partnership of two equals" per @KarenPierceUK, adding she wonders if Russia is being more manipulative w/China than #Beijing is being w/#Moscow
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🙏Share| 'The Assassination of #RobertMaxwell: #Israel's Super Spy'

Basically, #Mossad feared a financially-desperate #maxwell would begin to expose their activities as EXTORTION. So they schemed to KILL him.

Listen!

Interview w/ #MartinDillon & #GordonThomas * 2002

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'The Assassination of #RobertMaxwell: #Israel's Super Spy'

The 2 best-selling authors bitterly accuse their American publisher of "sabotaging" their book, which is supported by #FBI documents, & files from intelligence agencies across the globe.

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The book details the tycoon's until now unsuspected links to organized crime families in the #Balkans - & how #RobertMaxwell penetrated 🇺🇸s nuclear arsenal at Los Alamos on behalf of #Mossad. The tycoon worked for #Israeliintelligence.



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THREAD 1/ We’re proud to present a series of articles examining how #coronavirus will impact #Russia’s foreign policy in the US, China, Europe, former Soviet states, Balkans, & Middle East. Contributions from @DmitriTrenin, @baunov, @AlexGabuev & more. tinyurl.com/y9mnkvad
2/ The pandemic has hastened the arrival of a new era of Sino-American bipolarity that is an obvious challenge to both Russia & Europe, creating an interest in exploring possibilities for improving their badly damaged relations, writes @baunov tinyurl.com/y9mnkvad
3/ @eugene_rumer highlights both tensions & potential for cooperation in US-Russian relations. But fresh accusations of Russian meddling in the upcoming US presidential election will send the relationship to even lower depths, he warns. tinyurl.com/ydbyh42g
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Been down the rabbit-hole of #Croatian #folklore - here's a #thread of what I found:

'#VAMPIRES IN DALMATIA: THE EXAMPLE OF THE VILLAGE OF ŽRNOVO ON THE ISLAND OF #KORČULA IN THE EIGHTEENTH CENTURY' hrcak.srce.hr/138625

This one is especially close as its my family island.
'From #Folklore to Fiction: Early Literary Manifestations of the #Vampire Motif' hrcak.srce.hr/200179

Fun fact: the term 'vampyr' first appeared in an 11th century Slavic manuscript vilifying #Bogomils, a #Gnostic dualist heresy that was endemic to the #Balkans
'#Witches' Zoopsychonavigations and the Astral Broom in the Worlds of #Croatian Legends as (Possible) Aspects of #Shamanistic Techniques of Ecstasy (and Trance)' researchgate.net/publication/33…
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Thread about potential #coronavirus lessons from the #Balkans: Interesting development in Serbia: the government changed tack following advice from 6 Chinese epidemiologists dispatched by President Xi to help the Balkan country stem the epidemic. The plan is as follows: 1/5
1. Mass tests for everyone.
2. Immediate,strict & mandatory isolation of positive cases: mild ones in makeshift clinics such as sport venues etc; serious cases in hospitals; severe cases in ICUs.
Social distancing including a curfew in place; 3-12 yrs in jail for violations 2/5
Vucic: will "attack the virus:" test, identify and isolate, as lockdown alone "won't work." This is also what the @WHO's Bruce Aylward has been recommending following their trip to Wuhan "testing of every single case, rapid isolation of the cases." time.com/5805368/will-c… 3/5
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1. The spy who loved Al Qaeda

James Bond is dead.
James Le Mesurier, who founded the shadowy 'White Helmets' has been found dead near his home in Istanbul.
He was a Bond.
A real one, not the glamorous fictional character created by Jan Fleming and made
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famous by Hollywood.
Licensed to kill. Syrians.
In her Majesty’s Secret Service.

The White Helmets, a 3,000 member NGO formally known as the Syrian Civil Defense, was established in Turkey in late 2012 - early 2013
They received at least $55 million
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from British Foreign Office and $23 million from the Agency for International Development.
They have received millions from Qatar.
The US has provided at least $32 million to the group - around 1/3 of their total funding , mostly given during
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Operation Timber Sycamore - How the West funded and trained ISIS terrorists with the objective of overthrowing the Government of Syria. The #DeepState project ultimately phased out by @realDonaldTrump.
greatgameindia.com/operation-timb…
Operation Timber Sycamore - the hidden story of how #DeepState created ISIS - the brainchild of former CIA Gen David Petraeus who is Deep State's pointman in #India involved in #VGSIDDHARTHA suicide, #Kashmir conflict, meddling in Indian elections.
greatgameindia.com/operation-timb…
CIA linked up Qatari & Saudi Secret Services with arms manufacturers in Bulgaria, Romania, Serbia, Croatia with the backing of #NATO which controls arms exports from #Balkans via EUFOR supplying weapons to ISIS for #DeepState's objective to topple Syria. greatgameindia.com/operation-timb…
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Operation Timber Sycamore - How the West funded and trained #ISIS terrorists with the objective of overthrowing the Government of Syria. The #DeepState project ultimately phased out by @realDonaldTrump.
greatgameindia.com/operation-timb…
Operation Timber Sycamore is a covert operation authorized by Obama to train and equip the anti-Assad rebellion. However the op started way back when CIA was operating via Britain’s MI6 to avoid having to notify Congress that it was arming rebels in Syria. theamericanconservative.com/articles/how-c…
In 2012 Obama signed a top-secret executive order authorizing CIA to provide “non-lethal support” to the rebels in Syria aka #ISIS terrorists for the "Assad Must Go" Project.
theamericanconservative.com/articles/how-a…
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Incoming #EU High Rep @JosepBorrellF’s first speech gave us a glimpse of #EUdiplomacy’s next 5 years. #EPhearings2019

His endorsement by the Parliament was never in doubt. Still, Borrell’s energetic speech went further than expected.

👇THREAD:

twitter.com/i/broadcasts/1…
2/ Borrell shared views with his trademark outspoken tone and all the famed sides of his character:

☞ The mature #EU integration enthusiast and former European Parliament President

☞ The responsible internationalist development buff

☞ The assertive Spanish foreign minister
3/ Borrell raised a shield in defence of the rule-based multilateral order, pointing to Ukraine as evidence of the dangers ahead if it keeps unraveling.

The sub-text: ‘I am not just talking about Moscow being unilateral, Mr Trump’.

ecfr.eu/publications/s…
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I want to turn your attention to the #Balkans.

Tens of thousands are protesting in #Serbia for the fifth week in a row. Despite the snow and cold weather, despite the censorship in the country, the people want their voice to be heard. I hope the world takes a good look.
Publicly owned communications giant Telekom bought a private cable network Kopernikus (owned by a brother of a high ranking ruling party official) for €200m.

Money was then used to finance the acquisitin of the remaining two foreign owned TV stations with national frequency.
The reasons for the protest:

-wide scale censorship and media control
-beating of @BorkoStef, one of the opposition leaders with metal rods
-eroding democracy and freedom of elections
-shady negotiations with #Kosovo behind closed doors
-corruption
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I spent months trying to warn ppl that Vucic & Dodik had invested serious capital in selling Trump WH proxies on partitions plans for #Kosovo, knowing that it was step 1 in rebooting Milosevic’s “Greater Serbia” project. Not alarmism now, eh? balkaninsight.com/en/article/us-…
ITT from March I explicitly warned that we would hear more & more talk of partitions & new borders in the #Balkans. It’s product of aggressive Serb nationalist lobbying — backed by RUS — & would result only in renewed violence. Full stop, no exceptions.
The reason why I even bothered responding to this Tim Less character, for instance, was bc I recognized was testing the waters for dangerous ideas. Kosovo is the first target bc it’s “soft”, partitioning BiH is the real objective tho. Complete 90s redux. the-american-interest.com/2017/05/02/in-…
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Shocking assault on academic freedom & freedom of speech at the University of #Zagreb. @CepoDario & his colleagues are jewels in Croatian academia, and the relevant authorities cannot allow far-right extremists to target them in this fashion. cc @Dunja_Mijatovic
Background: A. Petričušić, M. Čehulić & @CepoDario are doing important research on the growth & intersections of far-right social movements in #Croatia, the Church, veteran’s groups & the ruling HDZ. Same reactionaries now pressuring @SveUZgbu to “discipline” these academics.
An alarming & disturbing assault on basic academic freedoms in an EU & NATO state. If these extremists succeed in punishing free inquiry it will have profound chilling effect on free thought in #Croatia but throughout the #Balkans. It cannot stand. More soon; follow @CepoDario.
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This deserves much more attention. #Russia’s attempted 2016 coup in #Montenegro was far more serious & sophisticated than previously understood. @CrisLeeMaza summarizes here the key findings of new report by @ReufBajrovic, @VeskoGarcevic & Richard Kraemer. newsweek.com/exclusive-russ…
Reason why this is such a major story is bc @ReufBajrovic & @suljagicemir1, in this report from March, warn of *upcoming* Russian inference in the Bosnian elxns. BiH is far more vulnerable & volatile than Montenegro was in 2016. Are EU, US, NATO prepared? fpri.org/article/2018/0…
Some of us have been warning about Russia’s very serious meddling in Bosnia for yrs now. I warned explicitly *last Sept* that we were headed for Kremlin-backed trouble in Oct of this yr. Too little has been done by the international community to prepare. foreignaffairs.com/articles/bosni…
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I've been warning about this for months. This is both a huge diplomatic coup for the extremist nationalist #Vucic govt in Belgrade and a catastrophic development for the #Balkans, if it becomes official US policy. Fantasies of territory swaps are a countdown to violence.
This has been floated in earnest since last year (as I warned in text below for @aminterest), and has been a long-time fantasy of the Vucic (and Dodik) govts. In Trump, a weakened Merkel, and post-Brexit UK, they think they've finally found an audience. the-american-interest.com/2017/05/02/in-…
For all the diplomats, attaches, policy ppl who I know follow me, **please** listen: there is **zero** possibility of any kind of territory swap in the Balkans w/o war. That has been the one constant since the 19th century. You are being lied to by whoever tells you otherwise.
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This is, to put it mildly, irresponsible reporting by NYT. To treat presence of RUS paramilitaries in #Bosnia, a country in which less than 25 yrs ago 100K were killed by such militants, as a joke is despicable. No one is giggling in BiH -- or #Ukraine. nytimes.com/2018/03/31/wor…
I wrote this for WaPo in Nov. bc I was disturbed by the way US press had begun to normalize far-right extremists domestically, as they had done in the Balkans a quarter century earlier. Infuriating to see them "return to form" in the region. washingtonpost.com/news/democracy…
As @_edinh notes, recall only last time US media told you a reactionary mvmt & their avatar was a joke, who had no chance of upending the world order. And that was in the US, w its centuries-old democratic republic. Bosnia does not have that stability.
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Incredible the extent to which Russian nationalist revisionism has infiltrated ostensibly informed debate on the #Balkans, and filtered thru to Western discourses about the Kremlin’s foreign policy more broadly. 1/
For instance, the centrality of NATO’s bombing of Milosevic's regime in '99 in new pop-history of RUS revanchism. In this narrative, '99 was moment of trauma/betrayal for Kremlin as it signified NATO rubbing their faces in their inability, post-USSR, to protect a trusted ally. 2/
What’s notably absent in this narrative is i) any regard for the history of Yugoslav – Soviet relations, and more importantly ii) Russia’s deep and bloody involvement in the Yugoslav Wars prior to 1999. 3/
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#Europe "an increasingly complex & competitive security environment," SACEUR/@US_EUCOM Commander Gen. Curtis Scaparrotti tells #SASC in opening statement
"Our adaptation to the environment has made significant progress...particularly under the European Deterrence Initiative" per Gen Scaparrotti, calling it "the largest reinforcement of Euro-Atlantic Defense in a generation"
Gen Scaparrotti also says @NATO alliance "is strong" and that "European allies & #Canada have turned a corner on defense spending with increases in each of the past 3 years" adding $46 billion to defense spending
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