Fort Dix Six Update

fort_dix-plotter.jpgThere is speculation about potential AQ connections with the terrorists arrested for planning the Jihadi attack at Fort Dix. Before continuing with that however please note that Fort Dix is where many troops are taught guerilla warfare fighting in conditions that simulate Iraq, I haven’t seen this in other reports and thought it ought to get mentioned.

This comes via Rush Limbaugh, who also detailed how Fort Dix was used as a refugee relocation camp for thousands of Kosovo refugees by the Clinton administration in the 90’s.

From ADN Kronos International:

 Belgrade, 9 May (AKI) – The arrest of four ethnic Albanians, a Jordanian and a Turk in the United States on Tuesday on suspicion of planning a terrorist attack at the United States army base in Fort Dix, New Jersey, confirms the existence of a “white Al-Qaeda”, Balkan terrorism expert Darko Trifunovic told Adnkronos International (AKI) on Wednesday. Trifunovic said the arrests showed “white Al-Qaeda at work.” He compared the Fort Dix plot to a February attack in Salt Lake City when a Bosnian Muslim youth, Sulejman Talovic went on a shopping mall shooting rampage. Six people including Talovic were killed another four were injured in the attack.

Trifunovic, a professor at Belgrade University’s Faculty of Security Studies, was the first to develop a theory of “white Al-Qaeda”, which he said was introduced to the Balkans during 1992-1995 civil war in Bosnia when thousands of ‘mujahadeen’ from Islamic countries came to fight on the side of local Muslims. Many mujahadeen have remained in the country, and are believed to been indoctrinating local youths with radical Islam and even operating terrorist training camps, Trifunovic said, quoting western and Balkans intelligence sources.   

Al-Qaeda has adopted a new tactics of using white European youths for terrorist attacks, “because of their non-Arabic appearance,” Trifunovic told AKI. “The strategy is to   indoctrinate or poison the hearts and minds of youngsters to psyche them up for the future terror operations,” Trifunovic said.

“And that is exactly what is now happening in the United States,” he added. The US authorities arrested three ethnic Albanian brothers from Serbia’s breakaway Kosovo province, Sain, Elvir and Dritan Duka, another ethnic Albanian, Agron Abdulahu, a Jordanian, Mohamad Ibrahim Shnewer, and Serdar Tatar, a Turk.

[editor’s note: ADN Kronos is a niche news agency specializing in Arabic-focused news published in English, Italian, and Arabic; you will find them in the sidebar here because they sometimes lead all western papers with terrorism news and they do have some good sources. They also publish books such as translations of the World Almanac in Italian etc. the parent group is Guiseppe Marra Communications, an Italian multi-media conglomerate. I find they have good articles and some fact-based analysis which you won’t find in US media, but occasionally they print  sensationalist scoops that over-reach a bit due to their sourcing (Islamic region newspapers.) Knowing your sources, their sources, and their worldview is important when weighing information.]

With more facts coming to light such as some of the arrested terrorist’s time in-country, crossing of the Mexican border, etc. this article has less weight, but it does point out potential future risk that should not be ignored.

Here’s the part of the article that bears some attention, they were led and inspired by someone, who was it? :

The US authorities said that Abdulahu was a sharp shooter in the Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA) before fleeing to the US. Fort Dix is a training ground for American soldiers and reservists before they are sent to fight in Iraq and Afghanistan, but in 1999 it served as a shelter for thousands of ethnic Albanian refugees from Kosovo.
Serb immigrants’ web sites noted that US officials carefully avoided identifying the four ethnic Albanians as such, calling them only “Islamic militants from former Yugoslavia.” A commentator on the SerbBlog said that Washington, which backs independence for Kosovo, is embarrassed by the discovery of the Fort Dix plot, “because the truth might mess up the PR for Kosovo Albanians getting to rip off a piece of Serbia to create their own country – a move that has the full support of the US State Department.”
Belgrade military analyst Zoran Dragisic said the Fort Dix plot “once again shows that Islamist terrorism is highly organised – from Kosovo to America – and the US intelligence services know this very well.” Dragsic expressed doubt, however, that the latest incident would change the American stance on Kosovo, “because Washington doesn’t change its positions easily.”