Kosovo Prime Minister, Ramush Haradinaj, during an interview with the US Daily Beast, said that during his trip to the US he will talk with the Pentagon and the State Department about the security issues threatening a stable future of Kosovo. PM Haradinaj commenting on the Kosovars who joined terrorist organisation ISIS in Syria and Iraq, told the Daily Beast that Kosovo women who joined their husbands in Syria have children with non-Kosovars. “Sometimes we do not know who these women had babies with. They could be children of ISIS commanders,” he said.
Haradinaj said that however that the main threat of Kosovo is coming from Serbia. Specifically, the PM spoke of a triple threat: the unresolved conflict with Moscow-backed Serbia, Kosovars being recruited to fight for Islamic State forces, and mafia groups allegedly running the northern part of Kosovo, where the top politician and would-be peacemaker, Oliver Ivanovic, was murdered just last month.
Next week, the Republic of Kosovo, whose two million people are mostly of Albanian backgrounds, will celebrate 10 years of independence. But once again, Kosovo and Serbia are blaming each other for ongoing violence. “The world should not ignore any aspects of the sensitivity in this region,” Prime Minister Haradinaj told The Daily Beast.
Daily beast reminds that in the past three years, more than 300 Kosovo citizens have joined radical militant groups in Syria and Iraq. Kosovo police and prosecutors have been very cautious repatriating citizens coming back from the Middle East. As noted by Anne Speckhard of the International Center for the Study of Violent Extremism, “Kosovo has the unique distinction of having the highest per capita number of citizens of any country in wider Europe who left for Syria and Iraq since 2011. Forty-four women and 29 children from Kosovo are also believed to have traveled to the conflict zones in Iraq and Syria,” Daily Beast reports. Kosovo PM expressed his concern with as he said with the Kosovo women who joined ISIS, who according to Haradinaj have children with non-Kosovars. “Sometimes we do not know who these women had babies with. They could be children of ISIS commanders. Radical NGOs and local imams have created systematic propaganda for more than a decade, sometimes making the idea of joining attractive by making financial offers to uneducated kids,” Haradinaj told Daily Beast. /Gazeta Express/