CIA Director Pays Unannounced Visit to BiH

BELGRADE – US Central Intelligence Agency Director John Brennan is in Bosnia on an unannounced visit for talks with officials, the Web news publication Balkan Insight reported Friday.

The CIA director arrived from Saudi Arabia, where he met with senior officials from six Gulf Arab nations aimed at coordinating efforts in the conflicts in Iraq, Syria and Yemen, the report said.

“Brennan’s visit demonstrates that the United States is interested and willing to help Bosnia to further develop its capacities to counter terrorism,” security expert Armin Krzalic told the publication.

Local reporters were briefed on the visit by Bosnia’s chief prosecutor and head of the country’s anti-terrorism group, Goran Salihovic. The group is made up of the heads of several agencies, including police, the prosecution office and border police, according to Balkan Insight.

According to the group, 124 Bosnians are fighting in foreign wars — four in Ukraine and the others in Syria and Iraq for Daesh, which calls itself the Islamic State.

Terrorists who come back to Bosnia face jail terms. Some receive lighter sentences if they negotiate their returns and cooperate with Bosnian authorities, other reports explain.

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