Saudi High Commission for Relief of Bosnia and Herzegovina

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Saudi High Commission for Relief of Bosnia and Herzegovina
FounderSalman of Saudi Arabia
Area served
Bosnia and Herzegovina

The Saudi High Commission for Relief of Bosnia and Herzegovina was a charity organization founded in 1993 by then Prince Salman of Saudi Arabia and supported by King Fahd.[1] Reportedly, it had contributed $600 million in aid to Bosnian Muslims impoverished by the civil war in the former Yugoslavia before being forcibly closed in 2001.[2]

Among the items found at the Sarajevo premises for the Saudi High Commission when it was raided by NATO forces in September 2001[1] were before-and-after photographs of the World Trade Center, US embassies in Kenya and Tanzania, and the USS Cole; maps of government buildings in Washington; materials for forging US State Department badges; files on the use of crop duster aircraft; and anti-Semitic and anti-American material geared toward children. Among six Algerians who would later be incarcerated at the Camp X-Ray detention center at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba for plotting an attack on the US embassy in Sarajevo were two employees of the Commission, including a cell member who was in telephone contact with Osama bin Laden aid and al Qaeda operational commander Abu Zubaydah.[3]

The Commission had been awarded King Faisal International Prize in 2001.[4][dead link]


  1. ^ a b David Pallister "Terrorist material found in Sarajevo charity raid" The Guardian 23 February 2002. Retrieved 21 November 2013
  2. ^ Saudi Charity Dropped From Suit over Sept. 11 Attacks Law
  3. ^ Harvard International Review: Eradicating Evil Archived 20 June 2015 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ "King Faisal International Prize".