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'Very positive' Albania repatriates 19 ISIS members as PM vows 'we won't stop here'


Five women and 14 kids who are all ISIS brides and families touched down in the country’s capital Tirana on Sunday following the efforts by the authorities to bring them home from the Al Hoj refugee camp in Syria. Appearing at the city’s airport to welcome the families back, the Prime Minister explained how the country are planning on bringing a yet “unclear” number of families back to the country who are currently based in refugee camps across the Middle East where jihadists are sheltering following their defeat to Coalition forces.

Mr Rama explained that “the number involved is still unclear” because “its work in the field”.

The Albanian authorities are working to identify Albanian nationals who left the country to join Islamic State in refugee camps.

He said how “where they are, they are in blackspots”.

The 19 will be taken to a shelter in Durres on the Albanian coastline opposite Italy.

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In October 2020 five Albanians were repatriated while another child returned to the country a year earlier.

A few hundred Albanian men are believed to have joined the Islamic State and other groups fighting in Syria and Iraq in the early 2010s.

But many were killed by Western Coalition forces.

About two-thirds of Albania’s 2.85 million people are Muslims.

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