In February 2018 a new pro-Turkish lobby group with the acronym "UEBD" was founded.

Its opening promotional video, titled Olive Branch from Bosnia, a reference to the ongoing Turkish offensive against Syrian Kurds, showed Bosnians from all walks of life voicing their admiration and support for Turkey's military operation, spoken in fluent Turkish, and supplemented with prayers for the success of Turkey's operation. The new lobby group has raised suspicions in Bosnia and in Western countries about Erdogan's intentions to "strengthen his influence" in the Balkans.

The Turkish and Bosnian militaries have very close connections, training with each other on a regular basis.