Brendan O’Neill

How we trained al-Qa’eda

Brendan O’Neill says the Bosnian war taught Islamic terrorists to operate abroad

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For all the millions of words written about al-Qa’eda since the 9/11 attacks two years ago, one phenomenon is consistently overlooked – the role of the Bosnian war in transforming the mujahedin of the 1980s into the roving Islamic terrorists of today.

Many writers and reporters have traced al-Qa’eda and other terror groups’ origins back to the Afghan war of 1979