Tag: ISIS
Macedonia 01.09.20 | 12:28

The Islamist group was storing its weapons and explosives south of Kumanovo, police reveals

The Interior Ministry identified the three members of the Islamist cell who were apparently preparing suicide attacks in Macedonia by their initials and partially obscured photographs. The group was led by A.B., who was later joined by Lj.E. and A.V. The group was storing weaponry and explosives in...

Macedonia 01.09.20 | 12:09

Three Islamists arrested in Skopje and Kumanovo while preparing suicide attacks

Macedonian police informed that it has arrested a group of Islamist terrorists who were apparently planning attacks. The arrests were conducted in Skopje and Kumanovo. From the footage made available by the Interior Ministry, it’s visible that the group had the black ISIS flag and was preparing...

Macedonia 04.08.20 | 18:24

Charges filed against woman from Skopje who joined ISIS

A 38 year old woman from Skopje has been charged with joining the Islamic State. Prosecutors say she travelled to Syria twice during which time she joined with ISIS. She was eventually deported by the Turkish authorities to Macedonia in March. During the peak of the Syrian war, Macedonia adopted a law...

Macedonia 11.03.20 | 11:03

Turkey reports that it deported an Islamist fighter to Macedonia

A Macedonian citizen who was detained in Turkey as an Islamist fighter in Syria has been deported back to Macedonia. According to the Turkish authorities, two Islamists, a Macedonian and a German citizen were deported. It’s not clear whether it’s the same person who was recently reported...

Macedonia 27.02.20 | 18:34

Islamist deported from Turkey detained in Skopje, charged with trying to join Jabhat al Nusra

State prosecutors filed criminal charges against a 20 year old man from Skopje who is suspected of “participating in a foreign army”. This article in the Criminal Code is used against Macedonian citizens who participated in ISIS and similar Islamist groups. The man is identified as A.B.,...

Macedonia 13.02.20 | 11:21

ISIS had 1.200 Balkan recruits – 156 of them from Macedonia

Bosnian intelligence estimates that a total of 1.200 Muslims from the Balkans fought in the ranks of the Islamic State. According to the report, published by Bosnian media, 156 of the Islamist fighters were from Macedonia, most of them ethnic Albanian Muslims. ISIS had more than 400 recruits from Kosovo,...

Balkans 12.11.19 | 11:59

Erdogan threatens to release ISIS prisoners back to Europe

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday issued a chilling threat to Europe over looming sanctions over Ankara’s unauthorized drilling in the Mediterranean: penalize us and we’ll release ISIS prisoners back to European countries. “You should revise your stance toward...

Macedonia 29.10.19 | 14:37

Dual Macedonian – Swiss citizen arrested in Switzerland in ISIS recruitment raid

Swiss prosecutors have charged a Macedonian citizen of recruiting Islamists to go fight with the Islamic State. Two men who lived in the north-west of Switzerland were arrested, one a dual Swiss – Italian citizen and the other a dual Macedonian – Swiss passport holder. Police has been following...

World 27.10.19 | 10:10

ISIS leader Al Baghdadi believed to have been killed in Syria

The leader of ISIS Abu Bakr al – Baghdadi is believed to have been killed in a US operation. President Donald Trump tweeted that “Something very big has just happened!”, prompting reports speculation that Al – Baghdadi has been located in Syria’s Idlib province. His killing...

Balkans 20.04.19 | 15:55

Large group of ISIS camp followers returned to Kosovo

A group of 110 family members of Albanian Islamists were returned to Kosovo yesterday from Syria, where they accompanied ISIS fighters. The group includes four fighters, 32 women and 74 minors, including nine orphans. The fighters will be detained for initial 48 hours, Kosovan security sources said. It...

Macedonia 22.03.19 | 11:21

ISIS terrorists got three times smaller sentences than 27 April convicts

It’s a shame that terrorists who were part of ISIS, who were fighting in Iraq and Syria got three times smaller sentences from the convicts for 27 April 27, the opposition VMRO-DPMNE said. It is a shame that returnees from the Middle East wars, terrorists who fought on the side of ISIS, who executed...

Macedonia 21.03.19 | 19:29

‘Terrorist’ Cavkov gets 18 years in prison, while ISIS terrorists get 6 years

On Thursday, at the Criminal Court in Skopje, Macedonian citizens, who were part of ISIS paramilitary group, were sentenced to 6-9 years in prison. It is about Elmedin Osmani, Ahmed Xhengis, Orhan Zhupani, Bunjamin Feto, Safet Ramadani, Ibrahim Shabani and Almir Mirtovski who at the past hearing confessed...

Macedonia 19.03.19 | 17:32

Seven Macedonian citizens who joined ISIS plead guilty at the start of their trial

Seven Macedonian citizens, who were detained while fighting in ISIS, pleaded guilty at the trial that began today in Skopje. Little is known about the group, which was handed over to Macedonia last August, after being captured in the Middle East by US led coalition forces. They are charged under the...

Macedonia 19.02.19 | 22:48

NGO activist says that Macedonian police merely talked to ISIS “returnees”, made no arrests

Although days passed after the Interior Ministry announced it has foiled the work of a serious Islamist terror which had ties to related to ISIS and was planning attacks in Macedonia, no further details were revealed by the police. On Tuesday evening, an NGO activist who works with radicalized Islamists...

Balkans 17.02.19 | 21:35

Bulgarian MoFA also warns of possible terrorist attacks in Macedonia

Bulgaria’s Foreign Ministry also warned of possible terrorist attacks in Macedonia following the announcement by the Macedonian Ministry of Interior that it had thwarted a planned terrorist attack by members of radical structures that supported ISIS and the warning issued by the U.S. Embassy in Skopje. Bulgaria’s...