Muslim political and religious leaders in Bosnia-Herzegovina, which is partitioned between a “Republic of Serbs” and a “Muslim-Croat Federation,” have taken firm measures to stop agitation and recruitment for ISIS.
On February 7, according to the Al-Arabiya television network, Bosnian police raided the country’s notorious center of Wahhabi fundamentalism, the northern village of Gornja Maoca. The law-enforcement action came after Bosnian Federation Television showed images of ISIS flags displayed in the settlement. (The ISIS ideology is an especially virulent form of Wahhabism.)
Al-Arabiya portrayed Wahhabism as an ongoing problem in Gornja Maoca. A small group of Bosnian and foreign fanatics, who had been present but without significant impact in the 1992-95 Bosnian War, were encouraged to move to the isolated location after the fighting ended, apparently to keep them away from large groups and make them easier to monitor. In 2010, Gornja Maoca was swept by Bosnian police. But in 2011, a Muslim with Serbian citizenship who had passed through the extremist colony, Mevlid Jasarevic, fired at the U.S. Embassy in Sarajevo with an automatic weapon.