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Saudi Wahhabi Missionaries and Arab Donors ‘Active in Kosovo,’ Germany Admits

Die Linke politician Sevim Dagdelen asked the German government why it continues to enable the “scandalous” Saudi mission to proselytize Wahhabism in Kosovo, under the nose of the NATO-led Kosovo Force.

Saudi Arabia is sending Wahhabi preachers to Kosovo in a bid to further radicalize the local population, the German government said on Wednesday.

Answering a parliamentary question tabled by Sevim Dagdelen, a representative of Die Linke in the German Bundestag, the German government acknowledged the increasing influence of Wahhabism in Kosovo.

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Imam At Pristina’s Largest Mosque Charged With Inciting Terrorism

Kosovo’s special prosecutor has charged the imam of the country’s main mosque with inciting terrorism by encouraging worshipers to go to Syria and Iraq and “wage jihad.”

In a February 27 statement, the prosecutor said Imam Shefqet Krasniqi had used his preaching and social networks in a way that “pushed others to take the road towards the conflict zone in Syria and Iraq and then commit terrorist acts.”

The prosecutor’s office in Pristina said the 51-year-old Krasniqi did this “continuously and purposely.”

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Is Kosovo a breeding ground for Islamists?

The two brothers arrested on suspicion of plotting a terrorist attack in Duisburg come from Kosovo. Their homeland has long been concerned with growing Islamic radicalism. Authorities are trying to counteract the trend.

Almost 2 million people live in Kosovo. Since 2012, 316 people – including women and children – have left the country to join the so-called “Islamic State” terrorist militia. Of those 316 people, 58 have been killed and 117 have returned to Kosovo, said Baki Kelani, spokesman for Kosovo’s ministry of the interior. According to Kelani, 237 people are being investigated for planning and taking part in terrorist attacks outside Kosovo and also for recruiting, supporting and funding terrorists. Since 2013, 127 of the suspects have been arrested, including an alleged ringleader.

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Kosovo arrests 19 Muslims planning attack on Israeli soccer team

Police in Kosovo said on Wednesday they had arrested 19 people in the past 10 days on suspicion of having links with Islamic State and planning to carry out attacks in Kosovo and in neighboring Albania.

The police said the suspects were in contact with an Islamic State member, the self-declared “commander of Albanians in Syria and Iraq”, Lavdrim Muhaxheri, from whom they received orders to attack.

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Kosovo Authorities Charge Iranian NGO Leader With ‘Financing Terrorism’

Authorities in Kosovo said on July 25 that they have charged an Iranian man with “financing terrorism and money laundering” through a nongovernmental group he operates called the Qur’an Foundation of Kosova.

The allegations against Hasan Azari Bejandi include charges that he laundered nearly $1 million in undeclared cash between 2014 and 2015.

Bejandi also oversees the activities of four other Shi’ite religious organizations suspected of having links to Tehran.

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How Kosovo Was Turned Into Fertile Ground for ISIS

PRISTINA, Kosovo — Every Friday, just yards from a statue of Bill Clinton with arm aloft in a cheery wave, hundreds of young bearded men make a show of kneeling to pray on the sidewalk outside an improvised mosque in a former furniture store.

The mosque is one of scores built here with Saudi government money and blamed for spreading Wahhabism — the conservative ideology dominant in Saudi Arabia — in the 17 years since an American-led intervention wrested tiny Kosovo from Serbian oppression.

Since then — much of that time under the watch of American officials — Saudi money and influence have transformed this once-tolerant Muslim society at the hem of Europe into a font of Islamic extremism and a pipeline for jihadists.

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Kosovo – U.S. Treaty May Lead To Extradition Of Muslim Terrorist

Bajram Asllani Muslim TerroristThe extradition agreement, signed between the two countries on 29 March, paves the way for Bajram Asllani to be sent to the United States to face trial, media reports say.

Asllani is wanted by the FBI as a suspected Islamist militant who “should be considered armed and dangerous.”

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Hundreds of young men and women have left Kosovo to fight for ISIS in Syria

Hundreds of young Kosovar men and women are leaving their home country to join ISIS in Syria, leaving behind baffled parents.

Kosovo parents have told how ‘a generation’ of their teenage daughters have been seduced by radical Islam, following their husbands to Syria and the terrorist organisation.

Police say some 300 men and 36 women are known to have left the mainly Muslim country of just 1.8 million people to join ISIS – the highest per capita ratio in Europe, along with nearby Bosnia

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Islamism in Kosovo

Albanians have always been intensely pro-American. Kosovars deeply appreciate the US-led NATO intervention in 1999, which put Kosovo on the path to independence. They are grateful to the US for coordinating Kosovo’s recognition by the international community. Given the strong affinity between Albanians and the United States, the recent rise of Islamism in Kosovo is deeply troubling.

Approximately 95 percent of Kosovo’s two million inhabitants are ethnic Albanians. Of the Albanians, 97 percent are Muslim and 3 percent are Catholic. Kosovo was always a secular state with a liberal Muslim majority.

However, Kosovo’s secular character is changing.

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Inside Kacanik, Kosovo’s jihadist capital

Nestling in a wooded valley that its citizens laid their lives down to defend, the town of Kacanik in southern Kosovo is fiercely proud of its war dead.

Well-kept cemeteries include nearly 100 victims of Serb-led ethnic cleansing in 1999, while in the town centre, a statue clutching an RPG honours fallen members of Brigade 162 of the Kosovan Liberation Army.

But a decade and a half on from the war that brought about Kosovo’s independence, there is rather less pride in Kacanik’s new crop of warriors.

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Kosovo cuts Pristina water supply over alleged Isis plot to poison reservoir

Kosovo authorities say they have cut off the water supply to tens of thousands of people in the capital after police arrested five suspects linked to Islamic State who were allegedly planning to poison a reservoir.

Pristina’s water authority said the water supply was shut off early on Saturday “because of security issues”, and that samples were being tested for suspicious substances.

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Report Finds Alarming Outflow Of Kosovars To Islamic State

At least 232 Kosovo citizens are fighting alongside militants in Syria and Iraq, making Kosovo rank eighth overall (and first per capita) among the 22 Western states with citizens fighting in Syria and Iraq, a new report has found.

The Kosovar Center for Security Studies (KCSS), a nonprofit think tank established in 2008 in Kosovo to research security issues, has found that, as of January 2015, there are 232 confirmed cases of Kosovo citizens fighting alongside militant groups in Syria and Iraq, including Islamic State (IS).

The first Kosovo citizen to be killed fighting alongside opposition forces in Syria was a militant named Naman Demolli from Pristina, whose death was announced in a video uploaded to YouTube in November 2012.

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Report Finds Alarming Outflow Of Kosovars To Islamic State

Ethnic Albanian Kosovar Lavdrim Muhaxheri (holding microphone) appears in an IS video calling on Albanian Muslims to join militants fighting against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

At least 232 Kosovo citizens are fighting alongside militants in Syria and Iraq, making Kosovo rank eighth overall (and first per capita) among the 22 Western states with citizens fighting in Syria and Iraq, a new report has found.

The Kosovar Center for Security Studies (KCSS), a nonprofit think tank established in 2008 in Kosovo to research security issues, has found that, as of January 2015, there are 232 confirmed cases of Kosovo citizens fighting alongside militant groups in Syria and Iraq, including Islamic State (IS)…

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Iranian Propagandists in Kosovo

Kosovo Albanians, overwhelmingly Muslim, love America—which rescued them from Serbian aggression in 1999—and desire diplomatic relations with Israel. Kosovo does not recognize the Palestinian Authority and does not belong to the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC).

The Islamic Republic of Iran, meanwhile, does not acknowledge Kosovo’s formal independence. How has it happened, then, that harsh voices are now detected  against America and Israel, and for Iran, in the Balkan state?

On February 27, the independent Kosovo news portal Express, under the byline of a courageous opponent of radical Islam, Visar Duriqi, reported that Iranian ideological agents are active in the territory. Their path has been opened by a non-governmental organization (NGO) representing Shia Islam and called the “Koran Foundation of Kosovo.” The foundation is affiliated with an identically-named enterprise in Albania.

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