Attention, all left-wing Eurotrash America haters: Al-Qaeda has a place for you. SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina-His code name was Maximus, and he held secret meetings in a shabby room at the Banana City Hotel on the outskirts of Sarajevo.
Bosnian police put him under surveillance, and in a raid last fall on his apartment on Poligonska Street, authorities seized explosives, a suicide bomber belt and a videotape of masked men begging Allah's forgiveness for what they were about to do.
What they planned, investigators believe, was to blow up a European embassy. But compounding their concern, they say, was the ringleader's background: Maximus turned out to be Mirsad Bektasevic, a 19-year-old Swedish citizen of Serbian origin with ties to a senior al-Qaida operative.
Terrorists have been working to recruit non-Arab sympathizers-so-called "white Muslims" with Western features who theoretically could more easily blend into European cities and execute attacks-according to classified intelligence documents obtained by The Associated Press. Well, if they're looking for sympathizers, bin Laden's boys don't have to look much further than the AP...