The media wing of the Islamic State organization has published a Bosnian-language version of a magazine it previously released to western audiences in English, Turkish, German, and French. In recent years, a significant number of Bosnian Muslims have travelled to Syria and Iraq to join IS, and many have since returned home. According to an analyst quoted by Balkan Insight, BiH is a prized recruiting ground for IS.
“Bosnia is important because there are a lot of people here with military training. You don’t need to send them to camps to educate them,” he added.
Many people who fought in the Bosnian war of 1992 to 1995 were now unemployed, he noted, adding that “money is a great motivator”.
Bosnia’s economy is weak, with a registered unemployment rate of 27 per cent and a youth unemployment rate of around 60 per cent, according to the World Bank.