Christian Broadcast Network interview with American Council for Kosovo Director James George Jatras

Published on February 27, 2007, Islamic Terror In Kosovo

Category: News from the American Council for Kosovo



An Albanian Muslim extremist from Kosovo was recently arrested after allegedly plotting to blow up the parliament building in Montenegro.

55-year-old Dodu L. was arrested by Austrian authorities last month while trying to board a flight in Vienna. 12 other ethnic Albanians were reportedly involved in the plot.

There is growing concern that Kosovo, a disputed region in the southern province of Serbia, is emerging as a bastion of radical Islam.

For more on radical Islam's growth in Kosovo you can watch my interview with James Jatras, a representative of the Serbian Orthodox Community. Kosovo's back in the news again. The United Nations is floating the idea of granting Kosovo independence.

In 1999, Serbian dictator Slobodan Milosevic, attempted to ethnically cleanse the province of Kosovo of a large part of its Albanian majority. NATO forces intervened and forced the Serbian army out of Kosovo. The region has been under NATO supervision ever since.

90 percent of Kosovo's population is ethnic Albanian and most are followers of Islam. Serbs, for whom Kosovo is an ancestral homeland and the site of many important Serbian Orthodox churches and monasteries, make up roughly 10 percent of the population. Serbs insist that Kosovo remain under Serbian sovereignty. The majority of Albanians want independence.

Any final decision on Kosovo's future must be approved by the U.N. Security Council. Those pushing for independence envision self-rule for Kosovo, including a flag, anthem, army, constitution and the right to join international organizations. The plan would also give minority Serbs more control over their own local governance.


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