During the past years, at least 120 Albanians have joined the so-called Islamic State (ISIS) terrorist group and more than 20 of them have been killed in battle, mainly in Syria, said Tsarizm.
Tsarizm, which provides breaking news on Russia, the former Soviet republics and Eastern Europe reported that the announcement was made public by Klejda Ngjela of the Albanian Helsinki Committee, at the “Civil Society Against Violent Extremism” forum organized at the European Union Center in Shkodra.
Those Albanians making the trip have been mostly poor people who were attracted with promises of large sums of money and a better life. Some of the Albanians joining ISIS have left Albania with their families. According to the report, most recruits were from the areas of Librazhd, Pogradec and Elbasan.
Albanian terrorists have become part of the Wahhabi regime and have made public statements against the Albanian state, threatening all Albanians with possible revenge, as a punishment for Albanian atheists.
For instance, Tsarizm reported that in one speech, a man with the name Al Alban made it clear that black days are coming for Albania and Albanians, who will be afraid to walk along the streets, will be afraid to work in their offices, and will be frightened and terrified even in their homes.
According to the source, the threat was made on the YouTube channel “AL hayat media center.”
The increasing number of Albanians joining ISIS has forced Albania to adopt a national strategy in combating extremism. In 2016, Albania adopted a law prohibiting citizens from participating in foreign armies. Violations can lead to imprisonment for a period of 15 years.
The problem of citizens of the Balkan countries joining ISIS and the extremist groups in Syrian and Iraq has been on the rise during the past few years. For instance, Kosovo alone has seen more than 300 people travel abroad to join the Islamic State. And it's not a just flow people. Weapons from the Balkans have been showing up in the hands of ISIS fighters also.