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Kosovo Police Arrest Two For Recruiting Islamic State Fighters

Kosovo police said on March 16 that they arrested two men charged with recruiting and providing funding to fighters for the Islamic State (IS) group.

One suspect, a businessman identified as F.R., had provided backing for many young Kosovans to become IS fighters, and some of them have died in Iraq and Syria, the police said.

A second man identified as P.D. was arrested in Prizren, south of the capital Pristina. He is suspected of recruiting two IS militants who were stopped by police and prevented from leaving the country in December.

Police say about 300 Kosovars have joined IS and more than 50 have been killed. More than 100 people have been arrested or are being investigated for recruiting or participating in the fighting in Syria and Iraq.

Under a new law, which allows prison terms of up to 15 years for taking part in foreign wars, a Kosovo court last week jailed a man for three years for joining IS.

Based on reporting by Reuters and AP

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