9 Imams arrested in Kosovo to stem the flow of fighters joining I.S.


ISIS fightersPRISTINA – At least nine imams were among 15 people arrested in Kosovo on Wednesday in the second major operation in weeks to try to stem the flow of young ethnic Albanians joining Islamist fighters in Iraq and Syria.

A police source, who spoke on condition of anonymity, told Reuters the 15 faced charges including “terrorism, threatening the constitutional order, incitement and religious hate speech”.

In the last such operation on Aug. 11, 40 people were arrested on suspicion of fighting in Iraq and Syria or recruiting insurgents.

Police said among the imams arrested was an influential Muslim cleric from the Grand Mosque in the capital Pristina. Another was the leader of an Islamic-rooted political party.

“The majority of those arrested are imams of different mosques belonging to the Islamic Community of Kosovo,” police spokesperson Baki Kelani said.

Most of Kosovo’s 1.8 million people are ethnic Albanian Muslims and lead largely secular lives.

But video of police officers arresting imams may fuel anger among the Islamic faithful in Kosovo and raise questions about religious freedoms. The officers wore black masks to protect their identities in case of reprisals.

A spokesman for the Islamic Community, that hires and pays imams, said: “No one is above the law and if there is proof that our employees have threatened the constitutional order then everyone is equal before the law.”

Fears of a creeping radicalization among their Muslim communities are stirring in other Balkan countries – such as Serbia and Bosnia – with dozens of their citizens also known to have joined Islamist fighters in the Middle East.

Intelligence officials in Kosovo believe between 100 and 200 Kosovars are fighting in Iraq and Syria, where Islamic State militants have seized swathes of land, drawing U.S. air strikes. At least 20 are reported to have been killed in the past year.

Landlocked and impoverished, Kosovo won independence from Serbia in 2008, almost a decade after a U.S.-led NATO air war drove out Serbian forces accused of killing and expelling Albanian civilians during a counter-insurgency campaign.

The United States ambassador in Kosovo, Tracey Jacobson, tweeted: “Once again I commend Kosovo on its proactive approach against foreign fighters and extremism.”

Today on Line /REUTERS



27 responses to “9 Imams arrested in Kosovo to stem the flow of fighters joining I.S.”

  1. 5thDrawer Avatar

    Ahhh, yes …. those good old Communist states … wonder why Ukrainians don’t want to be under the thumbs any more? 😉
    (I wonder what the pay-scales are for Imams ….. the job sounds easy enough … )

    1. Quit your Islamic hate hypocrite and go back to obsessing about those women you like to fondle. Hope they are well by the way, lol

      1. 5thDrawer Avatar

        Still alive … except for the mother, of course.
        How can you write ‘Haha, dumbass imams!’ , and then call me a hypocrite?? :-))))

        1. $89733098 Avatar

          It’s a fake barabie

          1. 5thDrawer Avatar

            WHAT ?? Mal-mucker doing it to you too??
            (I don’t usually check that stuff ….)

          2. $89733098 Avatar

            No I think it’s from the other side. Supporters of asshead

          3. 5thDrawer Avatar

            Damn …. Oh well, you can do what Hind does … write interminable complaints which are never answered …

          4. $89733098 Avatar

            Lol what for? It’s a compliment that someone thinks I’m worth impersonating. 🙂

          5. 5thDrawer Avatar

            I’m sure no-one thinks they can do that … 😉

          6. $89733098 Avatar

            Lol I will take that as a compliment.

          7. Anti ISIS Avatar

            I always see impersonators of you on foxtel. The good old animal channel. The lastest one was a baboon who was screaming out David whilst it was bent over.

          8. $89733098 Avatar

            It’s good to know that u r jealous of David.
            Btw u uneducated baboon, learn the diff between devise and device. Uneducated Idiot from some poor Ali wee family. How did u mum make ends meet? Besides being on her back for asshead and nasty. Btw r u sitting on ur toy, nasty asshead, while u squeal?

          9. What do you know about David you dumb slag?

          10. $89733098 Avatar

            Oh this is farqed up!

          11. You know what is farqed up? You! Stop following me around pretending to be me you baboon!

          12. Anti ISIS Avatar

            Barabie, I swear on my children it’s not me. I don’t work that way. If I am going to have a go at you, I want you to know it’s me.

          13. $89733098 Avatar

            Thanks for the clarification. Reasonableman worked it out. It’s masterofstupidity.

          14. $89733098 Avatar

            My apologies.

          15. Anti ISIS Avatar

            Who ever is doing this to you is a cop out. Either they should man up, or stick their head up their ass.

          16. 5thDrawer Avatar

            Her and Hind/Comtessa ….

          17. You’re the fake Daft Mare! Get a life!

        2. $89733098 Avatar

          Look at the idiots number of comments on its disqus profile

  2. Leborigine Avatar

    Another US creation gone wrong. I’m pretty the Serbs would have put these fu%$ers in place!

  3. Haha, dumbass imams!

    1. 5thDrawer Avatar

      Speaking of ‘dumbasses’, however ….Did you read the one under the ‘Culture’ heading … ??
      ‘Israel Police busts “messianic” sex trade ring’….

      Which simply proves the SIMPLE FACT, once again, that there are ‘dumbasses’ in ALL races and tribes … with most seeking a god which doesn’t quite make their miserable lives any better than the usually despotic ‘Religious Leaders’ will allow, while only promising something which may be ‘good’ to the ears of any particular idiot in a future imaginary death-cloud.

      Now … may I recommend condoms??

  4. 5thDrawer Avatar

    HELLO DISGUS !!! If you can write software for all the bloody advertising, surely you can write it so that ‘usernames’ are never duplicated ???? One ‘Guest’ is bad enough …..

  5. All those that incite and spread religious hatred should be arrested wherever they are!!!

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