Kosovo authorities reunited a child with his mother, after his jihadi father took him along when he joined Isis (Islamic State) fighters in Syria.
Prime Minister Hashim Thaci said that Kosovo's intelligence agency "successfully located, found and returned" eight-year-old Erion Zena, to Pristina.
The PM added only that the operation was "complicated and dangerous" and conducted in cooperation with Turkish intelligence.
The boy arrived at Pristina international airport where his mother Pranvera Zena waited yesterday.
"It feels like a dream," Zena said. "It feels as if I am waking up and I fear he's still not there."
Suad Sadullahi, Erion's cousin, told the BBC the child was "still a little bit confused".
"He didn't say anything much," Sadullahi said.
Erion was taken without his mother's consent by his father, Arben Zena in June, as he travelled to war-torn Syria to join Islamist militants.
As his mother mother made public appeals for his return, pictures of him started circulating online.
In one the child was seen sitting beside a suspect jihadist as he held up one finger in the IS sign.
In another he was depicted posing with other children for a group photo next to the extremist group's black flag.
Sadullahi said that at some point Erion's father left Syria to go fighting in Iraq, possibly leaving the child behind.
"His father is in Iraq fighting for Islamic State, he doesn't know Erion is here," he said.
Kosovo has an overwhelming Muslim population, with hundreds believed to have joined the jihadists group in the Middle East.