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Kosovo Woman Faces Terror Charges for Joining ISIS Group

Kosovo Woman Faces Terror Charges for Joining ISIS Group

Wednesday, 19 February, 2020 - 08:45
Destruction in Syria's Daraa. (Reuters)
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Kosovar prosecutors on Wednesday filed terrorism charges against an ethnic Albanian woman who allegedly joined a terror group in Syria.


A statement from the special prosecutors' office said the suspect, identified only as H.K., left Kosovo early 2014 to join her husband, who was a fighter with the ISIS group.


She went to Istanbul and then crossed into Syria to join the group.


After her husband was killed in the fighting, she married another ISIS fighter and continued her life with the group. She received a regular monthly payment from the group and, according to recordings of her phone calls, she voluntarily promulgated ISIS terror attacks.


Charged with organizing and being part of a terror group, she faces up to 15 years in prison, if convicted.


The statement does not say whether the defendant is part of a group of 110 Kosovo citizens repatriated from Syria last year.


About 30 ethnic Albanians from Kosovo are still believed to be with terror groups in Syria and Iraq.


Separately, Uzbek police detained 21 people suspected of being linked to an extremist militant group operating in Syria, police said on Wednesday.


Police said the detained men were under the “ideological influence” of another Uzbek man who was a member of the Katiba al-Tawhid wal-Jihad group comprised mostly of Central Asians.


They planned to finance the group and join it, police said in a statement, according Reuters.


Thousands of people from the ex-Soviet region joined various radical groups in Syria and Iraq when ISIS temporarily seized part of their territory.


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