April, 2016 Balkans

Photo Gallery: An IS Stronghold in the Balkans

By Walter Mayr

Almost nothing remains of Ibro. There is just a single childhood photo remaining, an image of a flaxen-haired five-year-old that Ibro's father scanned so he could always carry it with him on his mobile phone. But no recent pictures are available. Before Ibro left Bosnia to join Islamic State (IS) in 2014, he tore up all the images of himself he could find. His interpretation of Sharia included the belief that images of people were haram -- forbidden.


By John Dyer

The German magazine Der Spiegel recently reported that the Islamic State is finding fertile ground for its ideology in rural Bosnia. Der Spiegel reports that in some tiny, remote villages in the country's north, residents practice Sharia law and fly the militant group's black flag.

ibna referendum

By Edison Kurani

In Albania, the Socialist Party held a referendum during the weekend which confirmed and strengthened the position of leader Edi Rama even more, following accusations against him of refusing to hold elections on his mandate.

Balkans, Politics