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Mother recounts reunion with son taken to Syria by his jihadi father

  • ALTERNATIVE CROP OF PRI116 - Erion Zena an 8 year old boy hugs his mother Pranvera Abazi during their reunion at Kosovo's main airport upon his return to Kosovo's capital Pristina on Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2014. Kosovo's Prime Minister says the country's intelligence and security forces have returned an 8-year-old ethnic Albanian boy to his mother in Kosovo after he was taken by his jihadi father to Syria. (AP Photo/Visar Kryeziu)

    ALTERNATIVE CROP OF PRI116 - Erion Zena an 8 year old boy hugs his mother Pranvera Abazi during their reunion at Kosovo's main airport upon his return to Kosovo's capital Pristina on Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2014. Kosovo's Prime Minister says the country's intelligence and security forces have returned an 8-year-old ethnic Albanian boy to his mother in Kosovo after he was taken by his jihadi father to Syria. (AP Photo/Visar Kryeziu)  (The Associated Press)

  • Erion Zena an 8 year old boy hugs his mother Pranvera Abazi during their reunion at Kosovo's main airport upon his return to Kosovo's capital Pristina on Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2014. Kosovo's Prime Minister says the country's intelligence and security forces have returned an 8-year-old ethnic Albanian boy to his mother in Kosovo after he was taken by his jihadi father to Syria. (AP Photo/Visar Kryeziu)

    Erion Zena an 8 year old boy hugs his mother Pranvera Abazi during their reunion at Kosovo's main airport upon his return to Kosovo's capital Pristina on Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2014. Kosovo's Prime Minister says the country's intelligence and security forces have returned an 8-year-old ethnic Albanian boy to his mother in Kosovo after he was taken by his jihadi father to Syria. (AP Photo/Visar Kryeziu)  (The Associated Press)

  • Pranvera Abazi kisses her son Erion Zena during their reunion at Kosovo's main airport upon his return to Kosovo's capital Pristina on Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2014. Kosovo's Prime Minister says the country's intelligence and security forces have returned an 8-year-old ethnic Albanian boy to his mother in Kosovo after he was taken by his jihadi father to Syria. (AP Photo/Visar Kryeziu)

    Pranvera Abazi kisses her son Erion Zena during their reunion at Kosovo's main airport upon his return to Kosovo's capital Pristina on Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2014. Kosovo's Prime Minister says the country's intelligence and security forces have returned an 8-year-old ethnic Albanian boy to his mother in Kosovo after he was taken by his jihadi father to Syria. (AP Photo/Visar Kryeziu)  (The Associated Press)

The mother of an 8-year-old boy who was taken to Syria by his jihadi father says an emotional reunion with her son left her speechless.

"It was a moment that I have no words to describe," Pranvera Zena Abaz, 30, told The Associated Press in an interview late Thursday. She said authorities gave her an hour's notice before she saw her only child again.

Details about Erion Zena's return remain murky. Kosovo officials only said it was a "delicate and dangerous" operation that involved security and intelligence agents.

The father, Arben Zena, is believed to be in Iraq.

The case received wide attention in Kosovo after the mother made a public appeal for her son's return. A growing number of Kosovo youths have joined Islamic radicals in Iraq and Syria.