Bosnia will take back and try nine captured Daesh fighters

A Daesh fighter of Bosnian origin surrenders to Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces in Syria’s northern Deir Ezzor province. (AFP)
Updated 09 October 2019

Bosnia will take back and try nine captured Daesh fighters

  • The Sarajevo-based investigative portal www.zurnal.ba reported the nine men, all captured and kept in detention camps in Syria and Iraq, should be returned by the end of the week
  • According to a 2014 criminal code, all Bosnians who leave the country to fight in foreign wars must be prosecuted under terrorism charges

SARAJEVO: Bosnia is preparing to take back and try nine of its nationals suspected of fighting for Daesh in Syria, its security minister said on Wednesday.
Hundreds of people are believed to have left Europe to fight for Daesh in Syria and Iraq, and many await in detention camps to be handed over to their countries of origin.
“We are working to bring back nine persons for whom Bosnia and Herzegovina had issued arrest warrants,” Minister Dragan Mektic told Reuters.
Mektic declined to say when the suspects would be returned to Bosnia, but added they would be handed over to the judiciary immediately upon arrival.
The Sarajevo-based investigative portal www.zurnal.ba reported the nine men, all captured and kept in detention camps in Syria and Iraq, should be returned by the end of the week.
According to a 2014 criminal code, all Bosnians who leave the country to fight in foreign wars must be prosecuted under terrorism charges.
According to Bosnian intelligence, 241 adults and 80 children left Bosnia or the Bosnian diaspora in 2012-2016 for Syria and Iraq, where 150 more children were born. About 100 adults, including 49 women, remain there, while at least 88 have been killed or died.
Daesh’s last territorial foothold, in Syria, fell in March this year.
Bosnia’s state court has tried and convicted 46 people who have returned from Syria or Iraq in the past few years.
Several women with children have pleaded with the Bosnian authorities to be allowed to return home but there is still no clear policy in place on how to deal with them because their children do not hold Bosnian citizenship.


Afghan foreign minister tenders resignation

Updated 23 October 2019

Afghan foreign minister tenders resignation

  • Rabbani’s resignation came following differences with President Ashraf Ghani
  • The presidential palace has not yet commented on Rabbani’s resignation news

KABUL: Afghan Foreign Minister Salahuddin Rabbani tendered his resignation on Wednesday following differences with President Ashraf Ghani, who Rabbani accused of sidelining him.
His departure may not affect Ashraf’s already weak government because Rabbani was disqualified from office by Parliament three years ago, and served as acting minister on the basis of an order by the president.
Rabbani is an ally of Chief Executive Dr. Abdullah Abdullah, who shares power with Ghani and is the president’s election rival.
Rabbani’s resignation comes weeks ahead of the possible formation of a new government if an election winner is announced.
“During my time, the working environment in the National Unity Government was not good from the start,” he wrote in his resignation letter.
“I witnessed parallel structures being created and have seen essential institutions — key pillars of the system — pushed to the side.”
The presidential palace had no immediate comment about Rabbani’s resignation or his allegations, which according to his supporters include being barred from attending conferences and events overseas that fall under his remit.
Part of Rabbani’s differences with Ghani surfaced openly earlier this month when Rabbani’s office welcomed Pakistani efforts regarding the Afghan peace process, which included a warm reception in Islamabad to a visiting Taliban delegation. The Afghan presidential palace openly opposed Pakistan’s warm welcome of the delegation.