Participation of Kosovo nationals in the fights in Syria and Iraq is worrying

Participation of Kosovo nationals in the fights in Syria and Iraq is worrying

Pristina, 12 August 2015/Independent Balkan News Agency

By Elton Tota

Kosovo’s institutions express their concern about the fact that young men from Kosovo are going to fight in Syria alongside terrorist groups.

Kosovo’s president, Atifete Jahjaga has signed the bill which forbids Kosovo citizens to join foreign conflicts.

So far, 50 suspects have been arrested and they risk sentences of up to 15 years in prison.

Ministry of Interior says that this phenomenon cannot be fought without international cooperation.

“There are around 100 Kosovo nationals who have joined ISIS in Syria and Iraq, while around 40 have remained killed”, says Minister of Interior, Skender Hyseni.

“Kosovo doesn’t possess any credible information about an imminent danger”, Hyseni stressed.

Hyseni also adds that fight against this phenomenon needs international collaboration.

“Kosovo is part of the free and democratic world and as a result, terrorism, money laundering, traffic of human beings and drug traffic are difficult to be fought without international cooperation”, minister Hyseni says.

Hyseni says that Kosovo has applied to become a member of Interpol and that this request is being taken under consideration.

Nuredin Ibishi, member of the parliamentary committee for home affairs, told IBNA that the calls for joining the fights in Syria are not as strong as before.

He says that these appeals are now taking place on an individual basis.

“I now see a threat, given that the appeals for participation will be made on an individual basis, by knocking on every door or by sending messages through e-mail, Facebook, Twitter and other social networks”, Ibishi says.

Head of the Kosovo Center for Security Studies, Florian Qehaja told IBNA that there exists a threat for terrorist attacks in Kosovo.

“Kosovo is not threatened to a large extent by ISIS and its supporters and by this I would include attacks which would require the engagement of special institutions. However, there’s a medium level threat, because our fellow countrymen who have joined ISIS, could undertake individual action by threatening public security and spreading fear and panic”, he says. /ibna/