US intelligence agencies secretly broke a UN arms embargo during the 1991-1995 war in Croatia by channelling arms through Islamist jihad groups that Washington is now hunting across Europe and Asia, according to evidence from the Netherlands.
The evidence surfaced in a section of the official Dutch report on the 1995 Srebrenica massacre that led to the fall of the Dutch government and the resignation of its army chief.
The report reveals how the Pentagon formed a secret alliance with Islamist groups in an Iran-Contra-style operation.
US, Turkish and Iranian intelligence groups worked with the Islamists in what the Dutch report calls the "Croatian pipeline". Arms bought by Iran and Turkey and financed by Saudi Arabia were flown into Croatia initially by Iran Air and then in a fleet of C-130 Hercules aircraft.
The report says mujahideen fighters were also flown in and that the US was "very closely involved" in the operation.