Kosovo brings jihadists, families back from Syria

Kosovan Justice Minister Abelard Tahiri said, they will bring every citizen of the Republic of Kosovo back to the country and anyone who has committed any crime or is part of a terrorist organization will face justice.

Kosovo brought back jihadists and other citizens from Syria.                         

At a press conference, Kosovan Justice Minister Abelard Tahiri said, Kosovo with the help of the United States of America conducted a sensitive operation bringing back 110 of its citizens.

He said, they will bring every citizen of the Republic of Kosovo back to the country and anyone who has committed any crime or is part of a terrorist organization will face justice.

Abelard Tahiri said 30 Kosovan fighters, 49 women and 8 children still remain in the conflict zones.

Four fighters were arrested and two busloads of women and children were transported under police escort to the army barracks outside Pristina.

Kosovo adopted a law in 2015 making fighting in foreign conflicts punishable by up to 15 years in jail.

The population of Kosovo is 90 per cent Muslim but largely secular in outlook.

The government said a form of radical Islam had been imported to Kosovo by non-governmental organizations from the Middle East in 1998-99.

No Islamist attacks took place in Kosovo, although more than 100 men have been jailed or indicted on charges of fighting in Syria and Iraq.

More than 300 Kosovo citizens traveled to Syria since 2012 to participate in war in Syria.

Around 110 people including 32 women and 74 children were brought back.