John R. Schindler: Unholy Terror

Bosnia, Al-Qa’ida, and the Rise of Global Jihad

Zenith Press, 2007

SchindlerThis book reveals the role that radical Islam played in the Bosnian conflict of the 1990s – and the ill-considered part that American policy in that war played in al-Qa’ida’s growth.  Schindler explores a truth long hidden from view:  that, like Afghanistan in the 1980s, Bosnia in the 1990s became a training ground for the mujahidin.  Unholy Terror at last exposes the shocking story of how bin Laden successfully exploited the Bosnian conflict for his own ends – and of how the U. S. Government gave substantial support to his unholy warriors, leading to blowback of epic proportions.

From the Inside Flap:

The Bosnian conflict of 1992 to 1995 has been largely misrepresented in the West…until now. In Unholy Terror, John R. Schindler – professor of strategy at the Naval War College and former National Security Agency analyst and counterintelligence officer – reappraises the war in Bosnia, illuminating its pivotal role in the development of radical Islamic terrorism.

The long hidden truth is that Bosnia played the same role for al-Qa’ida in the 1990s that Afghanistan did in the 1980s, providing a battleground where mujahidin could learn to wage holy war. Schindler exposes how Osama bin Laden exploited the Bosnian conflict for his own ends and the disturbing level of support the U.S. government gave to the Bosnian mujahidin – just as had been done with the Afghan mujahidin. Repeating the mistakes of Afghanistan contributed to blowback of epic proportions: Khalid Sheikh Muhammad (the mastermind of 9/11) and two of the 9/11 hijacker pilots were veterans of the Bosnian jihad.

Unholy Terror is a compelling and meticulously researched step toward finally learning the lessons of Bosnia, which can only help in the continuing battle against Muslim extremists and their global jihad.

From the Back Cover:

Al-Qa’ida. In the 1980s they were in Afghanistan, supported by the United States as they fought the Soviets; by the new millennium they were responsible for the deadliest attack on American soil in the history of the republic. Where were they in between, and how did they transform themselves from scrappy Afghan rebels to worldwide threat? This enlightening new book, Unholy Terror, provides the frightening answer: the Bosnian war of 1992 to 1995 was the core of Osama bin Laden’s growing global jihad. It is frightening not so much because of the tragedies of that war, but because those tragedies occurred under the nose of the U.S. government – at times with U.S. complicity.

John R. Schlinder served for nearly a decade with the National Security Agency – work which took him to many countries in support of U.S. and allied forces operating in the Balkans – and was NSA’s top Balkans expert. He is uniquely qualified to demonstrate

– how the Bosnian conflict has been misrepresented by the mainstream media, covering up the large role played by radical Islam and al-Qa’ida;

– how Osama bin Laden used Bosnia as a base for terrorist operations worldwide – including attacks on the United States from the Millennium Plot to 9/11;

– how veterans of the Bosnian jihad have murdered thousands of Americans and conducted terrorist attacks around the world;

– how the Clinton administration, in collaboration with Iran, secretly supplied Bosnia’s mujahidin, including al-Qa’ida, with millions of dollars of weapons and supplies;

– how America’s Bosnian allies have been in covert alliances with radical anti-American regimes in several countries;

– why Bosnia and its secret jihad matter to America and our War on Terrorism today.

About the Author:

John R. Schindler is a professor of strategy at the Naval War College and a former National Security Agency intelligence analyst and counterintelligence officer. He speaks several languages and has published widely on issues of espionage, terrorism, and military history, including the periodicals War in History, the Journal of Strategic Studies, Orbis, Jane’s Intelligence Review, and the International Journal of Intelligence and Counterintelligence. His first book, Isonzo: The Forgotten Sacrifice of the Great War (2001), was a featured selection of the History Book Club.

Professor Schindler lives in Newport, Rhode Island.

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