Kosovo has introduced again 110 of its residents from Syria, largely moms and their youngsters but in addition a number of jihadist fighters.
The group contained 74 youngsters, 32 girls and 4 males suspected of preventing for the Islamic State group (IS) who had been arrested on arrival.
They flew again with the assistance of the US navy earlier than police escorted them to a military barracks close to Pristina.
The difficulty of repatriations has come to the fore because the collapse of IS.
“An essential and delicate operation was organised by which the federal government of Kosovo, with the assistance of the [US], has returned 110 of its residents from Syria,” Kosovo’s Justice Minister, Abelard Tahiri, stated on Saturday.
“We won’t cease earlier than bringing each citizen… again to their nation and anybody that has dedicated any crime or was a part of these terrorist organisations will face justice,” he added.
Kosovo, which declared independence from Serbia in 2008, is 90% Muslim.
Greater than 300 of its residents have travelled to Syria since 2012, in response to authorities figures. This quantity contains 70 males who had been killed preventing alongside jihadist teams, Reuters information company experiences.
Police say 30 Kosovan fighters, 49 girls and eight youngsters nonetheless stay in battle zones in Syria and Iraq.
In current months, various girls have come ahead to say they wish to return to their dwelling nations, together with the UK, US and France, so they might elevate their youngsters in peace.
In response, the UK and US have barred two moms from returning.
Shamima Begum, who joined IS in Syria aged 15, begged to return dwelling shortly earlier than giving beginning to a son, however the UK authorities refused to let her again.
She didn’t resign her allegiance to IS and the federal government eliminated her citizenship. There was a lot sympathy for her plight when her child died in March.
In the meantime, that very same month, France introduced again 5 younger youngsters of jihadist fighters.
The current repatriations come weeks after some IS militants reportedly fled into the desert from Baghuz – their final stronghold.
The world was declared “freed” by the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) on 23 March.
Though the declaration marked the final territorial victory over the group’s “caliphate”, specialists warn it doesn’t imply the tip of IS or its ideology.