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Albert Berisha, 31, traveled to Syria in October 2013 and returned to Kosovo in less than two weeks. In March 2018, Berisha was imprisoned for three years and six months at the Correctional Center in Smrekovnica. After appealing his sentence on charges for participation in a terrorist organization, Berisha founded the Institute for Security, Integration and Deradicalization (INSID), an NGO that worked directly with returnees and their families. “Nobody wanted to join ISIS in 2012 or 2013. Some of us didn’t even know these morons existed. We/they wanted to join the opposition. But they wanted to be in one Albanian speaking group,” he said. “And ISIS was mostly near the border with Turkey.” Image by AJ Naddaff. Kosovo, 2018.

Albert Berisha, 31, traveled to Syria in October 2013 and returned to Kosovo in less than two weeks. In March 2018, Berisha was imprisoned for three years and six months at the Correctional Center in Smrekovnica. After appealing his sentence on charges for participation in a terrorist organization, Berisha founded the Institute for Security, Integration and Deradicalization (INSID), an NGO that worked directly with returnees and their families. “Nobody wanted to join ISIS in 2012 or 2013. Some of us didn’t even know these morons existed. We/they wanted to join the opposition. But they wanted to be in one Albanian speaking group,” he said. “And ISIS was mostly near the border with Turkey.” Image by AJ Naddaff. Kosovo, 2018.