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Pristina: Laura Hyseni was a typical Kosovo teenager (Photo: cindy-dam)

Few, but fanatics: The Kosovo women who join IS

by Arbana Xharra, Pristina, Mitrovica, Gjilan, Terpeze in Kosovo,

Kosovo became one of Europe’s most pro-Western societies after the US helped it to break free of Serbia.

But, in a generational shift in this largely secular place, Islamic radicalisation is making inroads.

And it’s not just young men who join Islamic State (IS).

Laura

Laura Hyseni was a typical Kosovo teenager. She used to hang out with girlfriends in cafes and bars, doing little to worry her comfortably-off and open-minded parents.

“She would call a ...

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Andrew Rettman is EUobserver's Foreign Affairs Editor. He has been writing about foreign and security affairs for EUobserver since 2005. He is Polish but grew up in the UK. He has also written for The Guardian, The Telegraph, and The Times of London.

Pristina: Laura Hyseni was a typical Kosovo teenager (Photo: cindy-dam)

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Andrew Rettman is EUobserver's Foreign Affairs Editor. He has been writing about foreign and security affairs for EUobserver since 2005. He is Polish but grew up in the UK. He has also written for The Guardian, The Telegraph, and The Times of London.

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