Balkan mercenaries could threaten peace in Europe

Fighters from the Balkan countries are on battlefields across the Middle East (photo: dpa)
Fighters from the Balkan countries are on battlefields across the Middle East (photo: dpa)

Young men from Balkan countries are fighting as mercenaries in the world’s trouble spots in the Middle East and Ukraine. This raises questions of what countries can do to end the threat to security when these fighters return to their own countries with battle-hardened experience and could they become a rallying point to foment further trouble.

<i>Around 600 mercenaries from Serbia, Macedonia, Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia and Kosovo are fighting in Ukraine, Syria and Iraq. They make up six per cent of all foreign fighters in Iraq and Syria. Serbian mercenaries fought for Libyan leader Colonel Muammar Gaddafi, while fighters from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo and Mace...

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