There are at least five ISIS military training camps in Kosovo, where ISIS trains future terrorists for the war and suicide bombing.
There are at least five ISIS military training camps in Kosovo, located in remote areas near the self-proclaimed republic’s border with Albania and Macedonia, Sputnik reported Friday, citing a source close to the intelligence services.
According to the source, the largest camps are situated in areas adjacent to the towns on the Urosevac and Djakovica line as well as the Decani district, while the smaller camps are located in the Prizren and Pec regions.
The source said that about 314 Kosovo Albanians, including 38 women, are members of the ISIS terrorist group, and are fighting with government troops in Syria and Iraq now.
The recruitment of future terrorists takes in two stages; non-governmental organizations that operate in Kosovo and at numerous private schools conduct the first one, the source told Sputnik.
“The future Daesh terrorists are ‘brainwashed’ there and they also learn Arabic and study the Koran, something that is followed by so-called ‘combat practice’ training, headed by former members of the Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA). They typically teach the rookies to wage guerrilla warfare and handle guns, among other things,” the source said.
“In addition, each camp has several Daesh terrorists who decide on sending the rookies to the war or preparing them for the role of suicide bombers,” he added pointing to 70 Kosovo Albanian families who decided to join ISIS.
According to the source, there is a real opportunity of the spread of such camps to Macedonia and Bosnia, where about 800 jihadists arrived during the wars in the 1990s. Macedonia is just starting to grapple with the problem, the source noted, reminding about KLA centers in Macedonian villages, which have already been turned into ISIS training camps.
Earlier this week, the director of the Center for Balkan Studies in Pristina, Fadil Lepaja, said that Kosovo’s borders with Albania and Macedonia exist only on paper that makes tracking of Islamists’ training camps almost impossible.
According to Fadil Lepaja, struggle with ISIS supporters is a global problem. However, he also noted that it is hard to foresee everything, even though NATO’s mission in Kosovo (KFOR) and all relevant services closely monitor those who have returned from the war in Syria.