According to the Italian intelligence, one of the commanders of the Islamic State (IS) terrorist group has left the Syrian battlefield and returned to Europe with about 400 fighters of his group.
Lavdrim Muhaxheri, a former NATO soldier, who became a commander of the Islamic State (IS) terrorist group, has left the Syrian battlefield and returned to Europe with about 400 fighters of his group, posing themselves as refugees, the Daily Mail newspaper reported, citing a report of the Italian intelligence.
According to the report, Muhaxheri, also known as Abu Abdullah al Kosova, is a Kosovo Albanian, who was trained at the largest military base of the US Army in the Balkans. The US State Department has recognized him as a serious threat to Kosovo and Albania, as well as a global terror threat after his defection to the IS.
Muhaxheri is not only one of the most active recruiters of the IS, but also one of the most public figures of the terrorist group, who appeared in a number of propaganda videos, including footage showing the process of killing of a helpless captive with a rocket (WARNING: graphic video at the link). Presumably, he is the main mastermind of a thwarted attack on the Israeli national soccer team, attacks on Serbian Orthodox churches, and other terror attacks all over the Balkans in November.
According to the Italian intelligence, Muhaxheri returned to the Balkans with his helpers in order to recommence this aborted terrorist rampage. However, at the same time, the Kosovo police give conflicting claims that he has remained in Syria and gives long-distance orders to local terrorist cells in the Balkans.
“Numerous jihadists are returning to Europe and the Balkans, aiming to hit the old continent at its heart. Some of them are being identified by security services, but many others manage to cross the borders without being identified,” the newspaper quoted the report of the Italian intelligence.