Ministry of Interior doesn’t yet have an accurate number of the nationals that fight in Syria and Iraq

Ministry of Interior doesn’t yet have an accurate number of the nationals that fight in Syria and Iraq

Skopje, October 6, 2014/Independent Balkan News Agency

By Naser Pajaziti

Interior Ministry in FYR Macedonia doesn’t know how many nationals from this country have been involved in the fights in Syria and Iraq, alongside terrorist groups.

The Ministry of Interior, Gordana Jankulovska said that there’s no accurate figures about the number of nationals from FYROM who are fighting in these areas.

“We cannot issue a figure, because nobody has such figure. The figures being issued in the public opinion are estimates and nobody can confirm them”, declared minister Jankulovska.

According to her, no state in the world has an accurate number of the people who have gone to these wars.

“They frequently pretend that they travel for another purpose, such as for tourism, and then they are involved in military formations of the countries in crisis”, says Jankulovska. According to her, the law now states that people who are involved in these foreign conflicts will be sentenced up to five years in prison. Unofficial figures talk about tens of citizens from FYROM who fight alongside terrorist groups such as ISIS and AL-Nusra. /ibna/