Kosovo Articles

Kosovo vs. Iranians and ISIS

11:29 AM, Jun 30, 2015

On Wednesday, June 24, as reported by the Balkan Investigative Reporting Network (BIRN), a foreign-funded news agency, the government of Kosovo sent police to raid the offices of five Iranian-controlled non-governmental organizations in the Balkan country.

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In Kosovo, U.S.-Funded Study Gets Response to ISIS Wrong

3:08 PM, Apr 20, 2015

Last month the Kosovar Center for Security Studies (KCSS), a think-tank in the Balkan republic, published a “Report Inquiring Into the Causes and Consequences of Kosovo Citizens’ Involvement as Foreign Fighters in Syria and Iraq.” The survey was financed by the U.S.

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Iranian Propagandists in Kosovo

3:09 PM, Mar 19, 2015

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).

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Kosovo Political Leaders Challenge Islamists

3:01 PM, Jan 20, 2014

The young state of Kosovo—with an Albanian majority of more than 90 percent, of whom 80 percent are Muslim—declared its independence in 2008, but now faces a “risk from extremist religious currents, which requires . . . counter-measures at a strategic level.” Further, Kosovar Albanians have an agenda for a return of their people and culture to Europe, not an orientation toward the Middle East.

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The (Sub) Prime of Lady Catherine Ashton

7:24 AM, Dec 13, 2013

On November 26, the Financial Times published an extravagant encomium to Lady Catherine Ashton by its Brussels bureau chief Peter Spiegel, under the headline “EU foreign policy chief Lady Ashton comes of age in Iran talks.” Spiegel reported, “her team returned from negotiations in Geneva to a standing ovation . . . from EU ambassadors for their part in clinching a historic deal to limit Iran’s nuclear ambitions.”

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Radical Coup in Kosovo Muslim Leadership

10:11 AM, Sep 05, 2013

Challenged by a respected and moderate Islamic scholar, Dr. Xhabir Hamiti, in an election for the top position in the Islamic Community of Kosovo, the Balkan republic’s radical chief cleric Naim Ternava has “amended” the Community constitution, which limited occupancy of the post to two five-year terms. Ternava won his first vote in 2003 and has come to the end of his second term, the maximum period in office. But on August 29, the Assembly of the Islamic Community of Kosovo (the BIK) revised its regulations to allow Ternava to run for a third term.

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Radical Islamists Reach for Control Over Kosovo Muslims

1:09 PM, Aug 07, 2013

The Balkan republic of Kosovo has not been spared infiltration by Islamist extremism.

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Resistance to Islamist Infiltration Continues in Kosovo and Albania

6:18 AM, Apr 12, 2013

Away from the eyes of the world, ideological Islamists pursue infiltration of the moderate Muslim communities in Kosovo and Albania. But in nearly all cases, they continue to be rejected.

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Kosovo Radical Islamists In New Political Offensive

12:45 PM, Feb 13, 2013

Kosovo, the Albanian-majority Balkan republic, is probably best known for its fervent pro-Americanism, understandable given the role of U.S.-led NATO forces in assisting its 1.8 million inhabitants against Serbian oppression in 1999. American troops in Kosovo are drawn from National Guard units and have fallen below a thousand, but continue to symbolize a commitment that Kosovars consider indispensable to their future.

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Kosovo Still the Balkan Front Line Against Radical Islam

10:43 AM, Jan 03, 2013

The small republic of Kosovo, with a population of less than two million—90 percent ethnic Albanians, of whom 80 percent are Muslim—is the Balkan zone offering the greatest resistance to radical Islam. Some vignettes from recent interviews may impart the flavor of the debate over Islamism in the country:

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Kosovo Continues Fight Against Wahhabi Infiltration

3:01 PM, Mar 19, 2012

The great majority of Kosovar Albanians take pride in their reputation as the most pro-American Muslims in the world.

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Kosovar Albanian Arrested in Tampa Terror Scheme

3:19 PM, Jan 18, 2012

While Bosnia-Herzegovina, Kosovo, and other Balkan countries have been plagued by radical Islamist incursions, Albanian prime minister Sali Berisha, who is Muslim, told the Israeli newspaper Yediot Ahronoth at the end of November that he considers Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and his Iranian government “the new Nazis, and the world must learn from the Holocaust and stop them before it is too late.”

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Moderate Clerics Purged from Kosovo Muslim Leadership

11:03 AM, Oct 05, 2011

Kosovo’s top Islamic cleric, Naim Ternava, last month purged the two most outspoken anti-radical preachers from the local Sunni religious apparatus.

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Kosovo Bans Islamic Headscarf and Religious Instruction in Public Schools

1:01 PM, Sep 07, 2011

In Muslim-majority Kosovo last week, as the fasting month of Ramadan came to an end and families prepared for the reopening of public schools, the parliamentary Assembly of the Republic rendered its judgment on a controversy that has agitated the country for more than a year: It voted not to permit the Islamic headscarf (hijab) or any religious instruction in public schools.

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Kosovar Albanian in Frankfurt Terror Attack

2:36 PM, Mar 03, 2011

Arif Uka is a 21-year-old German-Albanian Muslim whose family came from the ethnically divided region of Mitrovica in northern Kosovo. He is being held by German police after the shooting deaths Wednesday of two U.S. Air Force members, and injury to two more—one seriously—in a group headed for Afghanistan via the sprawling Frankfurt International Airport and nearby American military base at Ramstein.

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