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Mujahedin safe heaven

The following are quotations from various sources and published articles that will explain more in-depth what "demilitarized safe area of Srebrenica" turned out to be:

Pentagon supplies arms and mujahedin

...Now we have the full story of the secret alliance between the Pentagon and radical Islamist groups from the Middle East designed to assist the Bosnian Muslims - some of the same groups that the Pentagon is now fighting in "the war against terrorism"...

The result was a vast secret conduit of weapons smuggling though Croatia. This was arranged by the clandestine agencies of the US, Turkey and Iran, together with a range of radical Islamist groups, including Afghan mojahedin and the pro-Iranian Hizbullah... Iran was making direct deliveries.

Arms purchased by Iran and Turkey with the financial backing of Saudi Arabia made their way by night from the Middle East. Initially aircraft from Iran Air were used, but as the volume increased they were joined by a mysterious fleet of black C-130 Hercules aircraft... [T]he US was "very closely involved" in the airlift. Mojahedin fighters were also flown in, but they were reserved as shock troops for especially hazardous operations.

Light weapons are the familiar currency of secret services seeking to influence such conflicts. The volume of weapons flown into Croatia was enormous...

The above quote is from:
[British] "The Guardian"
"America used Islamists to arm the Bosnian Muslims"
By Professor Richard J Aldrich
April 22, 2002

The drops contained vital, high value supplies: Anti-tank guided weapons to counter Bosnian Serb armour, Stinger surface-to-air missiles to ward off helicopters, night vision goggles and, most importantly, Motorola radio sets to allow the ABiH [Bosnian Muslim Army] to operate more efficiently in large scale offensive operations.

However these air drops took place in the face of Operation Deny Flight, the UN-imposed and Nato-policed no-fly zone over Bosnia.
Faced with sighting reports from the UN on the ground Nato denied that any such activity had taken place and launched an investigation whose conclusions rubber-stamped this...

The above quote is from:
Documentary by BBC Correspondent
"Allies and lies"
22 June, 2001

The secret drops near Tuzla Air Base were made at a highway airstrip known as "Tuzla West" [some 50 miles North-West of Srebrenica]. The airstrip was little more than a very wide, straight stretch of public road...

[Bosnian Muslim] General Hasan Sadic was commander of 2nd Corps in the Tuzla region until late in 1994. He admitted he had planned the drop zone...

Brigadier Refik Brdjanovic, former commander of the Black Wolves Special Forces Unit [Alija Izetbegovic's Islamist mujahedin shock troops], was in charge of security for the air drops.

The above quote is from:
Documentary by BBC Correspondent
(Excerpts from the tape)
"Allies and lies"
22 June, 2001

"Safe zone" - not short of weapons!

...Srebrenica was officially demilitarized on April 17, 1993, but the [Muslim] government soldiers were not short of weapons. Before the Serb advance on the town, the Muslims had been shelling Serb units along the main road to the south. The intelligence sources said it was that harassment which precipitated the Serb attack on the 1,500 Muslim defenders inside the enclave....

The above quote is from:
"The Times"
"Muslim soldiers 'failed to defend town from Serbs'"
By Michael Evans, Defence Correspondent
July 14, 1995

Lt. Col. Gary Coward, a U.N. spokesman in Sarajevo, confirmed that Muslim-led government troops had used the "safe area" to make attacks on Serbs surrounding the enclave, but said the raids were not large-scale...

The above quote is from:
Associated Press
July 11, 1995

Heaven - safe for Islamic terrorists!

It was easy to defend the whole town, which was cut in the hills and at the end of one wide valley. [Bosnian Muslim leader of Srebrenica forces] Naser Oric and his people went from that almost unconquerable place in the series of atrocious attacks on the near-by Serbian areas. The most well known and most atrocious one took place in January of 1993. Oric himself admitted that he liquidated all those imprisoned. He justified himself that "the rules of his religion did not allow him to do otherwise..."

The above quote is from:
French General, Phillip Morion,
Commander of the UN Forces in Bosnia,
in his book: "Words of a Soldier"

On a cold and snowy night, I sat in his [Oric's] living room watching a shocking video version of what might had been called Nasir Oric's Greatest Hits. There were burning houses, dead bodies, severed heads, and people fleeing. Oric grinned throughout admiring his handiwork. "We ambushed them," he said when a number of dead Serbs appeared on the screen. The next sequence of dead bodies had been done in by explosives: "We launched those guys to the moon," he boasted. When a footage of a bullet-marked ghost town appeared without any visible bodies, Oric hastened to announce: "We killed 114 Serbs there." Later there were celebrations, with singers with wobbly voices chanting his praises.

The above quote is from:
"The Toronto Star"
By Bill Schiller
July 16, 1995

Safe among refugees - used as hostages

Naser Oric, the 24 year-old army commander of Srebrenica, first came to prominence in March, 1993. At that time, the charismatic UNPROFOR General, Philippe Morillon, demanded that - if the town was to become a so-called "safe area" - then Naser Oric must hand over his weapons to the Canadian UNPROFOR troops. Oric dismissed the demand and halted the evacuation of the town's women and children. Faced with angry demonstrations as the townsfolk stampeded on to UN trucks, the Muslim commander said that he would "screw up those convoys", preferring to maintain a human shield of 9,000 civilians for Srebrenica's 8,000 fighters.

The above quote is from:
Fear and Loathing in Srebrenica
"The Scotsman"
April 16, 1994

The refugees in Srebrenica, most of them Muslim women and children who fled [from Serbs] into Srebrenica... in the spring of 1993, have been desperate to leave the town ever since they arrived. Instead, they have been forced to remain by the local Muslim warlord, Naser Oric, who drove around town in a Mercedes while the refugees sustained on meagre UN handouts and were, occasionally, sold water by Srebrenica residents during the brutally-hot summers.

Mr. Oric and the Bosnian government knew that if the majority of refugees were allowed to be trucked across Serb-held territory to Tuzla or some other viable sanctuary, both the UN protection and any hope of holding on to the remote and surrounded enclave would be lost.

The Srebrenica residents treated the refugees atrociously. When the refugees elected a representative to present their demands to Oric, the representative was murdered within hours...

The above quote is from:
"Globe and Mail"
July 12, 1995

Mafia rules Srebrenica

Some of the local SDA [Muslim Party officials], such as Ibran Mustafic and the former mayor of Srebrenica, Besim Ibisevic, who had fled from the city in April 1992, consequently depicted the rule of Naser Oric as a black period in the city’s history in which violence, murder, rape and large-scale fraud with humanitarian aid were commonplace...

In the opinion of many outsiders Oric and the clique surrounding him which ran the municipality (in particular Hamdija Fejzic and Osman Suljic) were one big mafia gang. The situation reports of the NGOs and Dutchbat [Dutch "UN" battalion serving in Srebrenica "safe heaven"] refer to ‘the mafia’ or ‘mafia practices’. As early as the Canadian period, a major increase in internal armed fights in the enclave had been observed which, Canadian Battalion Commander J.Champagne said, primarily revolved around Oric’s mafia practices which regularly led to conflicts and power struggles.

The above quote is from:
Dutch Government Report
Chapter 7: "Dutchbat in the enclave – the local perspective"


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