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Kosovo's terrorists continue to wage war
Cleveland Plain Dealer ^ | 2004-01-09

Posted on 01/10/2004 8:17:45 PM PST by DTA

Kosovo's terrorists continue to wage war

In the midst of conflicts in Southwest Asia and the Mid dle East, I cannot help but wonder: Whatever happened to the Balkans?

We Americans spent more than a decade listening to and watching CNN and BBC clips of the war-torn region and the countless war crimes that had taken place at the hands of various ethnic groups.

What about Kosovo? A 78-day bombing campaign was undertaken to "liberate Kosovo's ethnic Albanian population" from the hands of "terror-invoking Serbs."

Why was there no media follow- up of the accomplishments of peace-loving and newly liberated Kosovo Albanians? Quite simply, because there are no accomplishments.

Could it be because the international community made a grave mistake and has now found itself in a quagmire with no solution in sight? Is it possible that some of the very people NATO was trying to "protect" have turned out, in fact, to be terrorists? Yes!

After spending a grueling 27 months working in Serbia's Kosovo province, I learned and witnessed far more than I had bargained for. Although I was fully versed in the rich and blood- soaked history of the region, I was not prepared for all that took place.

Albanian rebel offensives resulted in bus explosions of NATO- escorted civilian convoys, brutal murders of civilians tending their fields, random sniper attacks, shootings of children swimming in lakes, night beatings and torture of the elderly, and arson - all against Serbian civilians and all under the watchful eyes of the U.S. and international community.

I once asked a NATO commanding general why ethnic Albanian extremists were not unmasked for what they truly are - bloodthirsty, war-waging terrorists. He looked at me, paused, and replied, "How do you begin to go against the very group you supposedly came to help? We obviously did not know who we were dealing with. We bombed the wrong side."

I stared at him in disbelief while he merely looked down at his freshly shined boots, straightened his shoulders and turned to walk away. Not quite the response I had expected.

Observations in Kosovo recorded chilling acts from the "peacekeepers" as well. Germany's military contingent used bright yellow tape to mark large Xs on Serbian homes throughout their designated area of responsibility. Similar to the 1940s Nazi-style branding of Jews and other minorities deemed unworthy of life.

Strangely enough, I was the only one who questioned this and personally brought it to the attention of a senior member of the U.S. Army Command Group.

But let's focus on something near and dear to all Americans: attacks on U.S. Army and media personnel. While on a border patrol, monitoring Albanian rebel insurgency, the U.S. unit I was working with came under direct mortar fire in a village named Krivenik. An Associated Press journalist, Kerim Lawton, was seriously injured. I administered first aid and attempted to stop the bleeding from the dozens of shrapnel wounds he incurred, to no avail. He died shortly afterward.

How was this incident portrayed to the media? In a noncommittal diplomatic fashion, officials announced that, "An investigation will take place as to the day's chain of events," from all sides, U.S. Army, NATO and U.N.

Does this seem all too familiar? Is this not mere repetition of scenarios that got the United States involved in both Bosnia and Kosovo in the first place - only later to discover that "smoking gun" incidences were staged? It is interesting how concrete evidence has surfaced, that incidences were staged by the very groups claiming to have been wronged.

Perhaps the international community should be more forthcoming as to who the real Balkans' terrorists are and how they are draining our tax dollars, manpower and resources.

The public has a right to know what is happening in the Balkans.

Gavrilovic served as a civilian subcontractor with the U.S. Army in the capacity of assistant project manager, cross-cultural specialist and linguist in Kosovo.


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs
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"We obviously did not know who we were dealing with. We bombed the wrong side."
1 posted on 01/10/2004 8:17:45 PM PST by DTA
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2 posted on 01/10/2004 8:18:57 PM PST by Support Free Republic (Your support keeps Free Republic going strong!)
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To: Support Free Republic
And this is the war that Clark successfully prosecuted... Give me a freakin break.. Will wait for the alphabet networks to play this (not...)
3 posted on 01/10/2004 8:20:19 PM PST by futureceo31
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To: DTA
Bump

Great post from a great newspaper. One of the very few 'newspapers' worthy of the name.

4 posted on 01/10/2004 8:34:25 PM PST by duckln
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To: DTA
Truth bump!
5 posted on 01/10/2004 8:41:59 PM PST by Tunehead54 (Support Our Troops!)
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To: DTA
"Could it be because the international community made a grave mistake and has now found itself in a quagmire with no solution in sight?"

Geopolitically speaking, we shot ourselves in the foot. Handing Kosovo to the Muslims pained me. I can only imagine how Serbs, Greeks, Ukrainians and Russians felt. Allbright brokered the action with the international community, and Clinton tuned out everything except the popularity pole results. Richard Holbrookes foul mouth raged on NPR. I bit my tongue - not that I am anybody - because of the rape camp and ethnic cleansing charges leveled against the Serbs. The whole thing stunk. In the end, we didn't win any brownie points with the Muslim world, and we didn't turn Kosovo into a just place to live. Did we stop the killing or just allow the original aggressors to finish the job?
6 posted on 01/10/2004 8:45:44 PM PST by reed_inthe_wind (That Hillary really knows how to internationalize my MOJO.)
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To: DTA
Mistake bump
7 posted on 01/10/2004 8:46:27 PM PST by miltonim
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To: DTA
Speaking of Clinton foreign policy, do we still have troops in Haiti? CNN Headline news crawler reported another uprising today.
8 posted on 01/10/2004 8:55:03 PM PST by hobson
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To: DTA; *balkans
Damn awesome post.
9 posted on 01/11/2004 12:34:26 AM PST by Destro (Know your enemy! Help fight Islamic terrorism by visiting www.johnathangaltfilms.com)
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To: Ronly Bonly Jones; Hoplite
"How do you begin to go against the very group you supposedly came to help? We obviously did not know who we were dealing with. We bombed the wrong side."
10 posted on 01/11/2004 12:35:54 AM PST by Destro (Know your enemy! Help fight Islamic terrorism by visiting www.johnathangaltfilms.com)
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To: vooch
bump
11 posted on 01/11/2004 12:36:18 AM PST by Destro (Know your enemy! Help fight Islamic terrorism by visiting www.johnathangaltfilms.com)
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To: DTA
We'll never hear about this in the major media outlets unless they can spin it to blame Bush, because anything else, they'll have to explain how they got us into the place in the first place.
12 posted on 01/11/2004 12:39:18 AM PST by kingu (Remember: Politicians and members of the press are going to read what you write today.)
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To: kingu
I blame Bush for not getting us out.
13 posted on 01/11/2004 12:45:13 AM PST by Destro (Know your enemy! Help fight Islamic terrorism by visiting www.johnathangaltfilms.com)
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To: Destro
As do I. K-Farce needs to be disbanded.
14 posted on 01/11/2004 12:48:49 AM PST by kingu (Remember: Politicians and members of the press are going to read what you write today.)
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To: kingu
Isn't the war on terrorism supposed to be against terrorists? I think the Albanian incursions into Kosovo and Macedonia has ably demonstrated their ability to be called terrorists.
15 posted on 01/11/2004 1:59:21 AM PST by meenie
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To: Destro
"How do you begin to go against the very group you supposedly came to help? We obviously did not know who we were dealing with. We bombed the wrong side."

The Serbs sang, "God, Give Us Justice."

So God sent the United States to do just that.
16 posted on 01/11/2004 7:11:22 AM PST by Ronly Bonly Jones (the more things change...)
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To: Ronly Bonly Jones
NATO General..........."we bombed the wrong side"

Freepers.........typically felt uncomfortable with Clinton's bombing, but supported it at the time mainly due to massive mis-information in the media. However, once the dust cleared and the truth started coming out........Freepers ( on the whole ) changed their views and accepted that Clinton's War was wrong. However

die-hards such as Hoplite & R.B. Jones..........still defend the Clinton/Amanpour/Clark lies told about the Balkans.

we bombed the wrong side

Accept it.

17 posted on 01/11/2004 9:32:23 AM PST by vooch
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To: Ronly Bonly Jones
So your God of America must be Allah then.
18 posted on 01/11/2004 10:47:05 AM PST by Destro (Know your enemy! Help fight Islamic terrorism by visiting www.johnathangaltfilms.com)
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To: DTA
We Bombed the Wrong Side, Kosovo's Terrorists Continue to Wage War
19 posted on 01/11/2004 10:52:59 AM PST by Destro (Know your enemy! Help fight Islamic terrorism by visiting www.johnathangaltfilms.com)
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To: Destro
We didn't bomb the wrong side so far as Clinton and the global socialist Internationale were concerned.

The Islamofascists won the PR war early on with the help of Left-leaning newspapers and magazines throughout the Western world. Even a number of conservatives were fooled by it and didn't have much to say against Clinton's fascist war of humanitarianism.

20 posted on 01/11/2004 10:56:33 AM PST by Reactionary
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To: Destro

So your God of America must be Allah then.>>

God is Allah. Allah is God. That's because the Muslims know but don't understand Him.

The God I worship rose from the dead on the third day. The god YOU worship needs French soldiers to protect him from being sent to the Hague.
21 posted on 01/11/2004 11:14:07 AM PST by Ronly Bonly Jones (the more things change...)
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To: DTA
The author of this piece is a young Serbian lady named Tanja Gavrilovic. Here's some brave words from Ms. Gavrilovic spoken to the Washington Post in 1999:

Tanja Gavrilovic, 24, of Cleveland, said she is angry NATO is interfering in an internal crisis. "If I were to die, I'd rather die fighting for a noble cause," she said. "For Serbia . . . this is my cause."

She obviously has an agenda that pre-existed her time as a translator in Kosovo. And perhaps its time to update her quote--just substitute the words "write newspaper columns" for "die" and "die fighting".

22 posted on 01/11/2004 8:36:40 PM PST by mark502inf
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To: vooch
Freepers.........typically felt uncomfortable with Clinton's bombing, but supported it at the time mainly due to massive mis-information in the media. However, once the dust cleared and the truth started coming out........Freepers ( on the whole ) changed their views and accepted that Clinton's War was wrong. However die-hards such as Hoplite & R.B. Jones..........still defend the Clinton/Amanpour/Clark lies told about the Balkans.

Serbs.........typically felt uncomfortable with Milosevic's ethnic cleansing, but supported it at the time mainly due to massive mis-information in the media. However, once the dust cleared and the truth started coming out........Serbs ( on the whole ) changed their views and accepted that Milosevic's Wars were wrong. However die-hard supporters such as Vooch and Destro and DTA..........still defend the Milosevic/Seselj/Karadzic/Mladic lies told about the Balkans.

23 posted on 01/11/2004 8:44:22 PM PST by mark502inf
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To: DTA
Germany's military contingent used bright yellow tape to mark large Xs on Serbian homes throughout their designated area of responsibility. Similar to the 1940s Nazi-style branding of Jews and other minorities deemed unworthy of life.

Give me a break. After the NATO bombing campaign, returning Albanian refugees & KLA were taking revenge on the Serbian residents of Kosovo. The Germans' idea was for their patrols to be able to readily identify the Serb homes so as to better protect them from the Albanians. As a translator working for KFOR, Ms.Gavrilovic knows that, but has chosen to deliberately mischaracterize their actions.

24 posted on 01/11/2004 9:05:00 PM PST by mark502inf
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To: DTA
While on a border patrol, monitoring Albanian rebel insurgency, the U.S. unit I was working with came under direct mortar fire in a village named Krivenik. An Associated Press journalist, Kerim Lawton, was seriously injured. I administered first aid and attempted to stop the bleeding from the dozens of shrapnel wounds he incurred, to no avail. He died shortly afterward.

Tending to Mr. Lawton must not have left Ms. Gavrilovic the time to administer first aid to any of the 16 Albanians, including two who died, who were also injured in the mortar shelling. But now that she's back safe and sound in America and writing about the incident, you'd think she could at least mention the Albanian casualties. But why ruin a good story?

How was this incident portrayed to the media? In a noncommittal diplomatic fashion, officials announced that, "An investigation will take place as to the day's chain of events," from all sides, U.S. Army, NATO and U.N.

Well, maybe because they would have said: There are NLA guerillas to the south of Krivenek along the Kosovo-FYROM border. The NLA is shooting to their south at the Macedonian army. Krivenek is north of the guerillas--behind them. The Macedonian Army is shooting back, i.e. north toward the guerillas and Krivenek. The Macedonian Army has 120 mm mortars firing in support of their troops. The gun-target line from the Macedonian mortar position to the NLA, when extended, goes directly to Krivenik. It is most likely that the mortar rounds came from the Macedonian Army and that they were fired across the border from FYROM into Kosovo.

Having said that, when I left they still hadn't figured who fired those mortars--there were actually several incidents that day. KFOR soldiers were doing crater analysis to dtermine approximate back azimuths to gun positions and caliber of the weapons. Don't recall the exact azimuths, but they were to the south and the mortars were definitely 120mm. Most likely the rounds came from the Macedonian Army, either as overshoots--the most common mortar error--or as an effort to hit Krivenik as a presumed source of NLA forces crossing the border into FYROM. The lesser possibility is NLA forces doing the shooting to cause casualties that could be blamed on the Macedonians. The purpose would be an attempt to disrupt the recent KFOR-Macedonian military cooperation that was recently having better effect on interdicting NLA border crossings.

Bottom line, there was an extensive investigation and we couldn't figure it out for sure, but again, Ms Gavrilovic knew this and chose not to let those facts get in the way of her story.

25 posted on 01/11/2004 9:44:41 PM PST by mark502inf
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To: mark502inf
>>>>>>>>The Germans' idea was for their patrols to be able to readily identify the Serb homes so as to better protect them from the Albanians. As a translator working for KFOR, Ms.Gavrilovic knows that, but has chosen to deliberately mischaracterize their actions.<<<<<

Putting yellow X made of "police line" tape houses would be indeed a sign of thoughtfulness if the styles of Kosovo Serbs and Kosovo Albanians were indistinguishable by architectural styles.

But they look completelly different. Albanian houses have the look of fortified compaund, Serb houses does not.

Putting a yellow X mark on Serb house is like putting a mark on a black horse to help distinguish it from a white mare.

Since you claim to have been stationed in Kosovo you know that, but you have chosen to deliberately mischaracterize Ms. Gavrilovich's remark.

Don't worry, the truth is coming out.

26 posted on 01/12/2004 1:23:49 PM PST by DTA (you ain't seen nothing yet)
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To: mark502inf; *balkans; joan; bobi; vooch; Reactionary; meenie; kingu; Destro; miltonim; ...
"Monitoring units of the Macedonian Army noticed, in the region of the Kosovo village Krivenik, about 30 armed individuals wearing military uniforms with the sign of the Macedonian Army, just a while before the incident in which Kerem Lawton, a television news producer from Associated Press, lost his life. The spokesman of the Ministry of Defense, Gjorgji Trendafilov, says that this armed group was also noticed by the soldiers of K-For who immediately contacted the Macedonian Army.

The spokesman, Trendafilov, explained the impossibility the producer of APTN was killed by a grenade fired by the Macedonian Army, because the weapons of the Macedonian Army in the region of the watchtower, Chaska, hasn't got that fire range. As the army representative informed, the soldiers of the Macedonian Army acted from positions 4 km from the border on Macedonian territory and fired at the so called "elevation peak 802" occupied by Albanian terrorists. The Kosovo village, Krivenik, is about 2 km on the other side of the border. The fire range of the Macedonian Army stationed in that region was 4.000 meters".

As you would say, "Bottom line, mark502inf knows this, but again, he choose not to let those facts get in the way of his discourse."

Comedia e finita. It must be stressful painful to do this kind of work for a living. Methinks 'mark502inf" will leave FR pretty soon (and perhaps resurface under another handle)

27 posted on 01/12/2004 1:44:55 PM PST by DTA (you ain't seen nothing yet)
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To: DTA
But they look completelly different. Albanian houses have the look of fortified compaund, Serb houses does not.

There are still some old "kulla" around, although most were blown up or burned by Serbs in 98-99. For most houses in Kosovo, you cannot tell whether a Serb or Albanian lives there, especially in the villages and towns. Of course, a good way to tell the Albanian houses in 1998-99 was to look to see which ones had been shot up or set on fire. And ditto for the Serbs after the Albanians returned. Hence, the yellow tape.

The Germans were doing the best they could to identify Serb dwellings so they could protect them; but with paranoia like yours, I guess its d*mned if you do and d*mned if you don't.

28 posted on 01/12/2004 7:06:38 PM PST by mark502inf
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To: DTA
The spokesman, Trendafilov, explained the impossibility the producer of APTN was killed by a grenade fired by the Macedonian Army, because the weapons of the Macedonian Army in the region of the watchtower, Chaska, hasn't got that fire range.

DTA, you are persistent, but persistently wrong. The Macedonian Army was firing 120mm mortars in that area. Their range is 5400 meters, putting them in range of Krivenik. You can read all about it in the NATO report.

29 posted on 01/12/2004 7:42:03 PM PST by mark502inf
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To: mark502inf
"The Germans were doing the best they could to identify Serb dwellings so they could protect them"

No, had to be so they could be destroyed or the inhabitants removed because the homes and Serb population was destroyed in the German-run areas. Further, fires to these homes weren't extinguished - with the firefighters arriving hours after the homes burned. Yet, for accidental fires on Albanian homes, the firefighters would arrive right away.

30 posted on 01/13/2004 9:28:46 AM PST by joan
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To: mark502inf; *balkans; joan; bobi; vooch; Reactionary; meenie; kingu; Destro; miltonim
>>>>>>> DTA, you are persistent, but persistently wrong. The Macedonian Army was firing 120mm mortars in that area. Their range is 5400 meters, putting them in range of Krivenik. You can read all about it in the NATO report. <<<<<

mark502inf, thanks for the NATO report. I have never read it before.

NATO'S OWN KRIVENIK REPORT IS THE PROOF OF NATO SPONSORSHIP OF TERRORISTS IN KOSOVO.

Briefly, the NATO's own report states black on white that on March 29th:

1. KFOR foreces received mortar fire from UCK/KLA/NLA/ the very morning Lawton was killed.

2. Observation Post (OP) belonging to the UCK/KLA/NLA/ was discowerd by KFOR in Krivenik with excellent view of the village and mortar impact sites.

3. Firing position of UCK/KLA/NLA/ was found in the village (mortar bipod holes in the ground)

4. Macedonian Army (ARM) observation post (OP) had NO VIEW of Krivenik.

Furthermore,

5. ARM never fired towards Kosovo before. UCK/KLA/NLA/ fired on numerous occasion towards MAcedonia from Kosovo.

6. The NATO report is the smoking gun that KLA is not disbanded.

7. Mortars are essentially tubes used to lauch shells. When firing to close targets (e.g. 200m away) tube is elevated at an angle of 80-85 degrees. When fired at distant targets (e.g. 5200m away) tube is elevated 40 -45 degrees. There is a difference in Crater made from high-angle and low angle moertar shell. NATO report speaks of "high angle ctrater (i.e. made from highly elevated tube) yet NATO CAT (crater analysis team) has no idea who made it. What they expected, to find "Made by KLA" sticker?

Having all this in mind, NATO conclusion that they do not know who has killed Lawton is an insult to intelligence. ridiculous. Even drill sargeant could tell the difference betwen mortar crater fired from high elevation mortar and one fired from the low elevation mortar.

NATO has the reason for cover up. Terrorists operating in Kosovo under NATO supervision have made agression on on independent, sovereign nation of FYROM. In legal terms, this is armed provocation.

Read the NATO document,and you will see that your brazeness is only matched by the sheer stupidity of the NATO team responsible for this report. THEY HAVE LEFT TOO MANY CLUES WHO KILLED LAWTON.

I sencerely hope that Lawton's family will hire a lawyer and sue NATO for damages.

NATO Krivenik Report

1 May 2001 ....Findings of Fact Report: 29 March 2001 Krivenik Mortar Shelling Incident...

25 Mar 01.

...Intelligence indicates unidentified elements of the NLA intended to conduct an attack against the Blace Border Crossing Point (EM 251 654) and/or target POLUKRBAT elements along the border...

27 Mar 01. POLUKRBAT Special Police Unit, a K-9 Team, and UNMIK-P conducted a cordon and search of Krivenik. Among other things, they discovered an AK-47 rifle, 27 rounds of ammunition, a bulletproof vest, and a vest with a UCK badge.

Comment: UCK is acronym known in English as KLA. KLA not disbanded.

2330, 28 Mar 01. POLUKRBAT OP at EM 231 624 observed two groups of three persons with weapons moving in a northeasterly direction and being followed by a group of about 50 individuals. These groups stopped at EM 234 607. At 0200 on 29 Mar 01, the 50-person group left in a southerly direction and 3 other individuals left in a northerly direction.

Comment: "Persons with weapons" ? Hunters? Poachers? Sodiers, or an euphemism for NATO-sponsored terrorists?

Chronology of Events on 29 March 2001.

Approximately 0850. KFOR aviation helicopter crews reported seeing 30 people with six tents and one horse in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia at EM 234 607.

Comment: "30 people with tents". Scouts, bedouins or an euphemism for NATO-sponsored terrorists?

Krivenik Strike #1. Between 0900 - 1030, 3 mortar volleys of 2 - 3 mortar rounds each impacted south of Krivenik and southeast of Krivenik, and on the eastern outskirts of the town.

COMMENT: "South of Krivenik" and "southeast of Krivenik" indicates the tactics of NLA (NATO Sponsored terrorists). See NLA mortar tactics below.

Approximately 0905. POLUKRBAT patrol at EM 230 627 reported NLA with five artillery pieces south of their position at EM 233 611. They further reported the artillery pieces were firing south towards the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia.

COMMENT: That means NATO-sponsored terrorists used Kosovo to fire "towards the former Republic of Macedonia" In legal terms, it was AGGRESSION OF UN PROTECTORATE ON SOVEREIGN STATE

0925. KFOR aviation helicopter crews reported seeing three mortars fired from NLA positions at EM 250 598 towards the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia forces to the south. The helicopter crews further reported seeing a red jeep carrying NLA personnel moving north from the border toward Krivenik.

0950 - 1055. POLUKRBAT patrol reported seeing a small force of 4-5 individuals at EM 230 613, approximately 500 meters southwest of Krivenik. The POLUKRBAT soldiers received mortar fire when they moved forward to EM 230 614 to make contact with the force at the firing position. The POLUKRBAT soldiers reported hearing three sets of three bursts, each close to their position, as they withdrew north. The POLUKRBAT soldiers fell back to Krivenik. POLUKRBAT soldiers in OPs on the outskirts of Krivenik reported 3 – 6 mortar impacts around Krivenik, which led to the POLUKRBAT withdrawing north from Krivenik.

COMMENT: This shows beyond the reasonable doubt that KFOR came under mortar fire from UCK, NATO-sponsored terrorists.

Krivenik Strike #2.

Between 1130 – 1145, a MNB-E convoy of 3 vehicles and 14 personnel (12 soldiers and 2 translators ) arrived at Krivenik as part of a previously scheduled visit. As three local residents were showing the KFOR soldiers the craters on the southeastern outskirts of Krivenik from that morning’s earlier mortar strike, the KFOR personnel heard 3-4 “whoump” sounds of a mortar firing in immediate succession. The KFOR personnel “got down” just as a series of mortar strikes landed near them, starting at the mosque in Krivenik and moving in a rough line from south to southeast to east of Krivenik. They identified these four rounds as impacting in the courtyard between the mosque and “old” school in Krivenik, on the small ridge to southeast of Krivenik, to the east of Krivenik just inside the road leading into Krivenik from the east, and northeast of Krivenik near the "new" school.

Strike #2 injured at least two people in the courtyard between the mosque and the “old” schoolhouse, an Associated Press reporter seated in a civilian SUV and the schoolteacher for the Krivenik school, who was found just outside of the SUV. The mortar round that struck the courtyard landed at the base of the SUV parked in the courtyard.

Krivenik Strike #3. Approximately 5 - 10 minutes later, three more mortar rounds impacted in or near Krivenik. Immediately after this strike the Deputy Commander for Maneuver, Task Force Falcon, made radio contact with a MNB-E helicopter flying near Krivenik and asked if its crew had seen from where the mortars were being fired. The helicopter crew reported it had seen nothing.

Krivenik Strike #4. Approximately 5 - 10 minutes after Strike #3, more rounds impacted in or near Krivenik. MNB-E helicopters flying above Krivenik did not see from where these mortar rounds were fired.

Krivenik Strike #5. Between 1200 –1230, 2 – 3 more mortar rounds struck in or near Krivenik.

During and Immediately After the Strikes. Following Strike #2, MNB-E soldiers remained in Krivenik treating the wounded civilians and helping them evacuate the village. MNB-E soldiers (POLUKRBAT) established a checkpoint outside of Krivenik on the road leading to Deneral Jancowic.

....TFF personnel arrived between 1300 – 1500 and began gathering evidence and conducting crater analysis.....

Chronology of Relevant Events Following 29 March 2001 Mortar Shelling of Krivenik.

a. 31 Mar 01. POLUKRBAT soldiers found an abandoned NLA camp at EM 234 610 while searching areas south of Krivenik. The 30x30m camp contained 4 tents, 30 sleeping bags, and a large cache of weapons and ammunition. POLUKRBAT soldiers observed another 60x80m camp at EM 2347 6071 with 10 tents and 8 foxholes.

02 Apr 01. POLUKRBAT patrol found a NLA weapons cache at EM 238 616 while searching areas south of Krivenik. The site was approximately 300 meters from the camp found on 31 MAR. It contained 86 boxes with ammunition of different types, 8 boxes with grenades for RPG-7s and RPG-2s, 2 magazines for machine gun PK, 112 sleeping bags, 144 blankets, 24 military raincoats, 19 vests, 8 tents and 6 German uniforms. All of the equipment found was packed inside of sleeping bags in disarray. POLUKRBAT also found 10 sacks with food and a bag with medical dressings and syringes. The UNHCR abbreviation was on several sleeping bags and tents. Ammo boxes and a beret found in the area bore the UCK (Ushtria Clirmtare Kombetare, or National Liberation Army) acronym.

COMMENT: UCK acronym is known in Engluish as KLA - a smoking gun that KLA was not disbanded.

04 Apr 01. While conducting a search of the terrain south and southwest of Krivenik, members of the Krivenik Shelling Investigation Team discovered an apparent OP at EM 22574 62157 overlooking Krivenik from the south. A camouflage poncho was rolled up in the middle of the OP. Inside of the poncho were a 7.65 mm pistol, two rounds of ammunition in a magazine, two pistol holsters, two hand-held Yeasu radios, and a survival knife. Also present were a small package of C4 explosive material with a blasting cap and a sleeping bag of the style formally used by the British military. The poncho also contained an AK-47 bandoleer with the letters “UCK” handwritten three times on it. The bandoleer bore a “Tirana” manufacturer’s mark.

COMMENT: Another smoking gun of KLA not being disbanded. Also proof that Albania armed KLA terrorists.

The OP was located less than 250 meters from the mosque, 450 meters from the POLUKRBAT checkpoint to the east of Krivenik, and 550 meters from the “new” school. With a small tree cut down in the OP to improve its line of sight, the OP offered good observation of half of the crater impact sites in or near Krivenik. This OP is along the gun-target line of the western grouping of lines (See paragraphs 8a and b).

COMMENT: NATO can not say who made craters. Perhaps NATO jokes will replace Blond and Polish jokes .

Crater and Fires Facts.

Witness statements establish 13 – 19 mortar rounds fell in or near Krivenik on 29 Mar 01. The KFOR Crater Analysis Team (CAT) located 10 mortar impact areas in or near Krivenik and two mortar impact sites several hundred meters southeast of Krivenik. They retrieved seven 120mm mortar tail fins and numerous pieces of shrapnel and parts of fuses. All pieces retrieved were from 120mm mortars with a maximum range of 5400 meters.

ARM Mortars. The ARM has both 82mm and 120 mm mortars of various makes in the area of interest. Most are models of former Warsaw Pact mortars. Fuses and ammunition are usually Russian, Yugoslavian, Bulgarian, and Ukrainian.

COMMENT: Macedonia was not a part of Warszaw pact. Warszaw pact is used to invoke COLD WAR reflex with the reader. Cheap and transparent trick.

NLA Mortars. The NLA has both 82mm and 120mm mortars in the area of interest. Arms caches discovered by KFOR and results from traffic control point seizures have produced 120mm rounds in the previous months. KFOR radar tracks indicate mortar use in the area of interest in the past. No 120mm mortar ammunition or equipment was found south of Krivenik during this investigation.

COMMENT: KLA fired mortar on KFOR that day, as this document attest. KLA OP was found, as well as mortar firing position in the village.

Crater and Fires Analysis.

The CAT analysis indicates there were at least two mortar firing points based on the back azimuths taken from each crater.

Types of Analysis.

...Three methods may be used to determine direction from a high-angle mortar shell crater—main axis, splinter groove, and fuse tunnel.

Shell Fragment Analysis. Identification by weapon type and caliber may be determined from shell fragments found in shell craters. Dimensions of the parts, as well as those of the complete shell, vary according to the caliber and type of shell.

Tail Fins. A mortar can be identified from the tail fins. Tail fins often are found in the fuse tunnel of the crater. A mortar that is not fin-stabilized may be identified from the pieces of the projectile on which the rifling is imprinted.

COMMENT: Serial numbers of mortars fired were found. Where the ammo came from?

Fuses. The same type of fuse may be used with several different calibers or types of projectiles. It is impossible to establish the type and caliber of a weapon by examining the fuse.

Analysis of Individual Craters.

Crater #1. This crater was located at grid EM 2288 6244. Using the Splinter Groove Method, the CAT determined that the direction of fire was on an azimuth of 4400 mils or 248 degrees. The crater was in a wooded area with signs of damaged tree limbs. The crater was also on sloped terrain; this would have affected the crater analysis. An MNB-E soldier retrieved a 120mm mortar tail fin from this site. The tail fin is marked with #K9407 23186 TK BK on the top and MK, M74 and KB9505 on the bottom.

COMMENT: Where the ammo came from? Who used it?

Crater #2. This crater was located at grid EM 2286 6242. Using the Main Axis Method, the CAT determined the direction of fire was on an azimuth of 3860 mils or 217 degrees.

Crater #3. This crater was located at grid EM 2267 6233, near the “old” school and mosque. Using the Main Axis Method, the CAT determined the direction of fire was on an azimuth of 3860 mils or 218 degrees. There were no crater fragments found at the time the crater analysis was done. At 1930, 29 Mar 01, the CAT retrieved several pieces of apparent 120mm shrapnel from around the site.

Crater #4. This crater was located approximately one and a half meters from a house at grid EM 2246 6254. An eyewitness says he saw the round as it came in and impacted next to his house. The direction he pointed to is on an azimuth of 3080 mils or 217 degrees. There was evidence of broken tree limbs on that gun target line. This would alter the effects on the ground.

Crater #5. This crater was located in a garden at grid EM 2245 6259 approximately 75 meters from Crater #4. Using the Main Axis Method, the CAT determined the direction of fire was on an azimuth of 3060 mils or 172 degrees.

Crater #6. This crater was located at grid EM 2292 6235. Using the Main Axis Method, the CAT determined the direction of fire was on an azimuth of 4180 mils or 235 degrees. There were fragments of a fuse from a 120mm mortar found close to the crater.

Crater #7. This crater was found 20 meters from the “new” school at grid EM 2282 6261. Using the Main Axis Method, the CAT determined the direction of fire was on an azimuth of 3700 mils or 208 degrees.

Crater #8. This crater was located at grid EM 23633 61752. Using the Fuse Tunnel Method, the CAT determined the direction of fire was on an azimuth of 3050 mils or 173 degrees. The CAT found a fuse tail fin in the crater from a 120mm mortar with markings MK, M74 and KB9402 on the bottom. The mortar round looked like it hit the base of a bush and spread shrapnel that hit trees nearby. In addition, approximately 75 meters west of this location, shrapnel markings and broken limbs on trees indicated a mortar round detonated near grid EM 23557 61752. The CAT could not find a crater.

COMMENT: who used it?

Crater #9. This crater was located at grid EM 23689 61324. Using the Fuse Tunnel Method, the CAT determined the direction of fire was on an azimuth of 3340 mils or 187 degrees. The CAT found a fuse tail fin in the crater from a 120mm mortar with markings KB9407 23186 TK BK on the topside of the tail fin and MK, M74 and KB9505 on the bottom of it. The mortar round looked like it hit the base of a bush and spread shrapnel that hit trees nearby.

COMMENT: Again, who used it?

Approximately 75 meters to the east of Crater #9 at grid EM 23723 61333, the POLUKRBAT showed the CAT what appeared to be a mortar firing position. The location had a hole approximately 5 inches wide and 4 inches deep and what appeared to be impressions on the ground from a mortar bipod. The CAT could not determine the orientation of the weapon and did not find any residue.

COMMENT: Whose firing position? It was KLA firing position.

The CAT found evidence of three more mortar strikes in or near Krivenik that left no crater. The CAT found an impact area to the east at EM 2279 6230. Evidence indicated an impact had occurred, but there was no sign of a crater, only burned bushes and loose dirt in the area. The CAT did not conduct a crater analysis because of inconclusive evidence.

Krivenik residents showed the CAT a mortar impact site on a side slope of a road located at grid EM 2259 6248. There was evidence of an impact, but civilians moving the rock and dirt fragments away from the road contaminated the site and prevented the CAT from performing a crater analysis.

Intelligence Analysis.

In the days preceding 29 March, the ARM was heavily engaged in operations against the so-called NLA forces along the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia border with Kosovo in the Krivenik - Gracani axis area. The ARM was primarily conducting clearing operations in the towns of Gracani and Caska and search and destroy operations against NLA camps in the border area.

The NLA was primarily attempting to defend areas it deemed key to its supply routes and safe-areas, while at the same time infiltrating, equipping, and training new NLA recruits from Kosovo. Starting in mid-March, the ARM began to fight with better coordination and harder than expected.

COMMENT: "Expected". Expected by whom? Terrorist sponsors in NATO intel?

In response, the NLA began to gradually filter back to its camps straddling the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia border with Kosovo. Regular mortar exchanges occurred between the ARM and NLA, at times becoming heavy. Heavier KFOR patrols and interdiction efforts along the border hindered the NLA’s usual practice of slipping north across the border into Kosovo when it needed a safe area. The NLA has increasingly had to use a strip approximately one kilometer on either side of the border. This area is the buffer zone KFOR and former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia forces (military and police) try to keep between themselves to avoid friendly fire casualties. Due to the success of both KFOR interdiction and anti-insurgency operations by former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia forces, elements of the NLA leadership broadcasted a message threatening retaliation/revenge attacks against KFOR elements serving along the border or against forces serving at the Blace border crossing point.

COMMENT: Mind the language used: "KFOR ELEMENTS" not "KFOR UNITS". That means against POLUKRBAT not cooperative with NATO support to terrorists.

On the night of 28-29 March, former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia forces began a heavy attack against NLA forces in Gracani, to include the use of armed helicopters and tanks. NLA insurgents were observed leaving the town and withdrawing towards the Kosovo border. Intelligence reported the ARM was planning to fire artillery or mortars along the border early on the morning of 29 March. While the ARM has fired close to the border in the past, there are no known instances where the ARM has purposefully fired across the border at NLA troops or positions, even when these forces were clearly visible in open fields, valleys, or ridges.

COMMENT: this document shows that NATo-sponsored terrorists used KOSOVO territory to fire on Macedonia.

Mortars. Both sides use similar mortars.

The NLA has used a classic insurgent method of using one or two tubes at a time to fire a few rounds from positions close to the target, then shifting firing position to fire a few more. This type of fire mission may last for only a few rounds in a short period, or last over many hours.

The only pattern is the lack of a discernable pattern in their fire missions.

COMMENT: "fire a few rounds from positions close to the target, then shifting firing position to fire a few more." Exactly that happen. Firing position was discovered as well as Observation POint(OP) belonging to KLA.

The ARM uses a combination of former Warsaw Pact/Yugoslav Army tactics, techniques, and procedures, with an increasingly western style of fire direction and command and control. The ARM favors heavy mortars in their northern territory over conventional artillery due to the ruggedness of the terrain and the relative cheapness of mortar fire vice artillery.

COMMENT: Again, MAcedonia was not WARSZAW PACT member. Insistence on this term shows the writer's intent to influence the reader and perceive MAcedonia in COLD WAR terms and evoke COLD WAR reflexes (Ruskies, Commies etc.)

It is difficult to directly assess the training and expertise of mortar crews from both sides. Generally, the crews have been firing for long enough to become proficient in the use of their particular type of weapon in the terrain along the common border. ARM mortar crews have a more traditional type of military-style training in the use of mortars, but may not have long-term experience. NLA crews may lack the technical training, but have months, if not years, of experience. Reports indicate both ARM and NLA crews generally hit what they are shooting at. Observers in the ARM are also more traditionally trained, but lack much of the support equipment Western crews have, such as laser range finders, sophisticated optics, and computers. ARM observers are generally proficient using close line of sight and basic optics observation with FM radios and landlines. NLA observers tend to be experienced, but usually rely on handheld radios and cellular phones.

COMMENT: And observers in OP close to the target as discovered KLA OP shows.

Ammunition. The ARM primarily uses mortar ammunition and fuses from Russia, Yugoslavia (Serbia), Bulgaria, and Ukraine. The NLA uses ammunition and fuses from diverse sources. They steal, capture, purchase, or receive ammunition and fuses from all of the above sources, as well as pilfered KFOR stocks and supplies donated from around the world by sympathetic organizations. Both sides, but mainly the NLA, still use old Yugoslav Army (VJ) stocks left behind when the VJ left the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and Kosovo, or which were otherwise acquired.

Comment: PILFERED KFOR STOCKS? Or stocks GIVEN TO KLA and later declared as "pilfered KFOR stocks" There are no media reports about pilfering of KFOR stocks.

Line of Sight (LOS) Analysis.

LOS analysis of the suspected ARM observation point (EM 2235 6020) shows observers would have no view of the valley in which Krivenik lies. Observers at this OP can see all known or suspected NLA positions in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia.

The suspected OP at EM 2257 6215 south of Krivenik has a LOS view of the area where rounds impacted to the east and west of the village. Direct LOS to the town square (mosque) is limited to the top of the building and minaret.

COMMENT: ARM can not see the impact site, NATO-sponsored terroists can. The vehicle was 5200m away and the range of mortar is according to NATO 5400m. It can not be done on a firing range in the desert. There was a mountain between Macedonian position and the village. The possibility of direct mortar hit of a vehicle is next to impossible.

Specific Findings of Fact.

The attack occurred on 29 March 2001 between 0900 – 1230.

On 29 March and the week leading up to 29 March, ARM and NLA forces had engaged in mortar attacks against each other south of Krivenik between the border and the areas around Gracani and Caska in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia.

Between 0900 – 1300, seven volleys of 2 - 3 mortar rounds each were fired in, near, or in the direction of Krivenik on the Kosovo side of the border.

Analysis of these crater sites indicated the mortar rounds were fired from at least two locations – south to southeast of Krivenik and southwest of Krivenik. The crater analysis and the 5.4 km maximum range of 120mm mortars further indicate the mortars could have been fired from either the Kosovo or the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia sides of the border, and from locations where both ARM and NLA forces were known or suspected to be operating.

Witnesses in Krivenik on 29 March heard mortars being fired from at least one mortar tube immediately before a volley of four mortar rounds struck in and on the outskirts of Krivenik.

MNB-E forces saw unidentified forces during the morning of the mortar attack south of Krivenik with five artillery pieces firing south towards the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia.

COMMENT: UNIDENTIFIED FORCES? UFO CREW or NATO-sponsored terrorists? NATO MADE TRANSPARENT MISTAKE OF HIDING THE IDENTITY OF TERRORISTS.

MNB-E forces received mortar fire the morning of the Krivenik mortar attack when they moved south from Krivenik to investigate suspected NLA activity.

COMMENT: In other words, KLA was shooting at KFOR forces or in the lingo of NATO intel "KFOR elements" when speaking of POLUKRBAT

The only known ARM OP south of Krivenik did not provide line of sight observation of Krivenik or its immediate vicinity.

Both ARM and NLA forces are known to possess 120mm mortars.

After the Krivenik attack, MNB-E forces found mortar fins and fuse fragments with identification numbers on them. The mortar rounds came from Slovenia.

Presently, there is insufficient evidence to confidently suggest who attacked Krivenik on 29 March. Either ARM or NLA forces, or both, could have conducted the attack on Krivenik. More information is needed from ARM forces and, if possible, NLA forces, to determine who fired the mortars that landed in Krivenik on 29 March.

COMMENT: This NATO documents provides sufficient evidence of NATO involvement to shelter terrorists in Kosovo.

31 posted on 01/13/2004 11:03:40 AM PST by DTA (you ain't seen nothing yet)
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To: DTA
DTA, you might want to ponder why nobody in NATO, nobody in the Macedonian military or government, none of the Macedonian or Serbian press or anyone else who has had this report for the last six months has drawn the same conclusions you have.

Again, the Mak mortars were firing north toward the NLA forces. Krivenik was north of the mortars and behind the NLA positions. The NLA was south of Krivenik, i.e. in between the Maks and Krivenik, and firing south at the Mak forces. The most likely scenario is that the Maks either accidentally overshot the NLA & hit Krivenik or else deliberately fired into Kosovo at what they thought were NLA movement vicinity Krivenik.

Your premise that the NLA set up a 120mm mortar weighing 250 pounds with a minimum range of 500 (600?) meters inside the village and fired it without the KFOR troops in the village noticing and with the rounds landing inside its minimum range is not sustainable.

As to your conerns about high angle and low angle you simply have the definition wrong. Low angle fires are all those artillery, rocket, or mortar fires with a tube angle of less than 45 degrees. High angle is greater than 45. Since the M74 tube cannot be depressed lower than 45 degrees, all its rounds would be high angle fire and the crater analysis would be based on that.

A couple other things that you might want to consider. Check out what was stamped on the mortar tail fins: M74 & MK. What kind of mortars did the Maks have? What country in the very, very, very near area has the initials MK?

32 posted on 01/13/2004 5:21:10 PM PST by mark502inf
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To: mark502inf; Destro; *balkans
>>>>>>>A couple other things that you might want to consider. Check out what was stamped on the mortar tail fins: M74 & MK. What kind of mortars did the Maks have? What country in the very, very, very near area has the initials MK?<<<<<

What is this, repetition of Roland Missiles "made in 2003", found in Iraq by the Poles?

According to the NATO report, KLA used ammo from VJ stocks in Macedonia, ammo pilfered from KFOR stocks and ammmo from different sources. The serial numbers had to be checked.Even if MK indeed means Macedonia (could be) it does not mean that it was fired by ARM. If KLA can pilfer KFOR stocks, they can pilfer Macedonian as well :-)

>>>>Your premise that the NLA set up a 120mm mortar weighing 250 pounds with a minimum range of 500 (600?) meters inside the village and fired it without the KFOR troops in the village noticing and with the rounds landing inside its minimum range is not sustainable.<<<<<

An M74 120-mm mortar is designed as a mountain weapon, capable of being towed on a two-wheeled cart ((STRATFOR)

The minimum range of M74 is 265m

NOT 500-600 as you claim.

You are again caught with your hands in the cookie jar. Did not your Mom teach you "Liar liar pants on fire"

KLA /NLA could set M74 mortar up and tow it afterwards. M74 was designed as partisan warfare weapon. Yugoslavia was NOT WARSZAW PACT country and all her weapons were designed for easy carrying/towing/hit and run dissasembly

>>> As to your conerns about high angle and low angle you simply have the definition wrong. Low angle fires are all those artillery, rocket, or mortar fires with a tube angle of less than 45 degrees. High angle is greater than 45. Since the M74 tube cannot be depressed lower than 45 degrees, all its rounds would be high angle fire and the crater analysis would be based on that.

Of course, majority of mortars do not have capability to elevate tube lower than 40-45 deg (American 120mm has 40 deg) But it does not mean that there is no difference in crater made from round falling at high angle from nearby location and other coming from 5200m away.

As of why nobody paid attention? People are lazy, that's why. Does not mean theat they will not after reading this post. It will be owing to you. Perhaps your superiors will give you a raise.

33 posted on 01/13/2004 6:22:41 PM PST by DTA (you ain't seen nothing yet)
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To: DTA
As the NATO report says, "Krivenik has roughly 370 inhabitants - all ethnic Albanian - living in approximately 45 homes." DTA, your premise that a 120mm mortar inside the village fired on KFOR also inside the village is unsustainable. Even if your 265 meter minimum range is correct, the distance from the mortar to the impact of the rounds is obviously less than that in a village of that size. And the idea that the KFOR in the village would somehow not notice that a 250 pound mortar was set up and firing from the village is laughable.

DTA, you said: “NATO'S OWN KRIVENIK REPORT IS THE PROOF OF NATO SPONSORSHIP OF TERRORISTS IN KOSOVO. 1. KFOR foreces received mortar fire from UCK/KLA/NLA/ the very morning Lawton was killed.”

Your idea that the NLA firing mortars at KFOR equals proof of “NATO sponsorship” of the NLA is completely illogical, not to mention unsupported by the facts.

Here's the direct quote from what the actual NATO report at the link concludes:

“NATO's investigation into the incident was exhaustive and conducted by a team of experts in analysing such incidents. Despite this the team could not pinpoint the precise location of mortar positions, and showed that the mortar rounds could have been fired from either side of the border, and from locations where both ARM and NLA forces were known or suspected to be operating. Evidence uncovered by the investigation is therefore insufficient to authoritatively determine who attacked Krivenik with indirect fire and why the attack was conducted.”

34 posted on 01/14/2004 3:33:42 AM PST by mark502inf
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To: mark502inf; A. Pole
Mark502inf,

Although NATO intellingence had information of terrorist activity around Krivenik in Kosovo and threat to NATO forces, NATO did nothing to eliminate the threat to NATO forces. Radar needed for detection of artilery and mortar fire was removed and taken to TFF (U.S. base)

On March 29 Albanian terrorists have attacked POLUKRBAT, Polish -Ukrainian Battalion with mortar fire. This proved that NATO intel was correct.

Poland is NATO member since 1999. However, NATO did not react on hostile attack on Polish armed forces although they are NATO member country.

NATO Tactical airstrike could be called within minutes. Yet, there was no NATO armed response.

Even worse, NATO document describes POLUKRBAT as "KFOR elements" as if they are terrorists not obeying the warning of KLA not to intervene. Also, documents puts equation between the armed forces of sovereign UN country (FYROM) and terrorist organization (KLA)

Was this coincidence?

The following events show the clear pattern of NATO involvement. Krivenik was not an aberation. NATO's actions as well as failure to react have only encouraged the terrorists to ciontinue their activity.

June 2001

When ARM surrounded UCK enclave in Aracinovo, EU pressure allowed American troops to intercede and evacuate terrorists.According to German news reports, American instructors were among Albanian terrorist s being evacuated by U.S. forces. ( see FR archives)

July -August 2001

Javier Solana and George Robertson, the Secretary-Generals of the European Union and NATO respectively, have made direct interventions to the Ukraine to cut off flow of weapons and munitions to Government of Macedonia (FYROM) and her army (ARM). At the same time, there was no intervention to stop U.S. supply of terrorists.

Eyewitness reported:

"The UCK are quick to acknowledge the US military support that they receive. Commander "Mouse," a 47-year-old UCK officer in the Tetovo sector shouted "God Bless America and Canada too for what they have given us!" While he would not elaborate on Canada's contribution, "Mouse" confirmed that two US Chinook Heavy Transport Helicopters had delivered weapons to the UCK in the hills above Tetovo. When the Macedonian government first protested this action, the US official statement was that only humanitarian aid had been airlifted to a remote Albanian village. Commander "Mouse" contradicted the US explanation by admitting that "heavy mortars and munitions" had in fact been supplied by the Chinooks. "We now have all the equipment and men we need to capture Skopje in 24 hours," said Commander "Jimmy", a 22-year-old Albanian guerrilla who is already a veteran of Chechnya, Kosovo, and South Serbia. "Militarily, the Macedonians are no match for our soldiers."

NATO Krivenik report was released in July 2003. That is why this is an important document.

35 posted on 01/14/2004 9:31:21 AM PST by DTA (you ain't seen nothing yet)
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To: mark502inf; A. Pole
Mark502inf,

Although NATO intellingence had information of terrorist activity around Krivenik in Kosovo and threat to NATO forces, NATO did nothing to eliminate the threat to NATO forces. Radar needed for detection of artilery and mortar fire was removed and taken to TFF (U.S. base)

On March 29 Albanian terrorists have attacked POLUKRBAT, Polish -Ukrainian Battalion with mortar fire. This proved that NATO intel was correct.

Poland is NATO member since 1999. However, NATO did not react on hostile attack on Polish armed forces although they are NATO member country.

NATO Tactical airstrike could be called within minutes. Yet, there was no NATO armed response.

Even worse, NATO document describes POLUKRBAT as "KFOR elements" as if they are terrorists not obeying the warning of KLA not to intervene. Also, documents puts equation between the armed forces of sovereign UN country (FYROM) and terrorist organization (KLA)

Was this coincidence?

The following events show the clear pattern of NATO involvement. Krivenik was not an aberation. NATO's actions as well as failure to react have only encouraged the terrorists to ciontinue their activity.

June 2001

When ARM surrounded UCK enclave in Aracinovo, EU pressure allowed American troops to intercede and evacuate terrorists.According to German news reports, American instructors were among Albanian terrorist s being evacuated by U.S. forces. ( see FR archives)

July -August 2001

Javier Solana and George Robertson, the Secretary-Generals of the European Union and NATO respectively, have made direct interventions to the Ukraine to cut off flow of weapons and munitions to Government of Macedonia (FYROM) and her army (ARM). At the same time, there was no intervention to stop U.S. supply of terrorists.

Eyewitness reported:

"The UCK are quick to acknowledge the US military support that they receive. Commander "Mouse," a 47-year-old UCK officer in the Tetovo sector shouted "God Bless America and Canada too for what they have given us!" While he would not elaborate on Canada's contribution, "Mouse" confirmed that two US Chinook Heavy Transport Helicopters had delivered weapons to the UCK in the hills above Tetovo. When the Macedonian government first protested this action, the US official statement was that only humanitarian aid had been airlifted to a remote Albanian village. Commander "Mouse" contradicted the US explanation by admitting that "heavy mortars and munitions" had in fact been supplied by the Chinooks. "We now have all the equipment and men we need to capture Skopje in 24 hours," said Commander "Jimmy", a 22-year-old Albanian guerrilla who is already a veteran of Chechnya, Kosovo, and South Serbia. "Militarily, the Macedonians are no match for our soldiers."

NATO Krivenik report was released in July 2003. That is why this is an important document.

36 posted on 01/14/2004 9:32:57 AM PST by DTA (you ain't seen nothing yet)
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To: mark502inf; A. Pole
Mark502inf,

Although NATO intellingence had information of terrorist activity around Krivenik in Kosovo and threat to NATO forces, NATO did nothing to eliminate the threat to NATO forces. Radar needed for detection of artilery and mortar fire was removed and taken to TFF (U.S. base)

On March 29 Albanian terrorists have attacked POLUKRBAT, Polish -Ukrainian Battalion with mortar fire. This proved that NATO intel was correct.

Poland is NATO member since 1999. However, NATO did not react on hostile attack on Polish armed forces although they are NATO member country.

NATO Tactical airstrike could be called within minutes. Yet, there was no NATO armed response.

Even worse, NATO document describes POLUKRBAT as "KFOR elements" as if they are terrorists not obeying the warning of KLA not to intervene. Also, documents puts equation between the armed forces of sovereign UN country (FYROM) and terrorist organization (KLA)

Was this coincidence?

The following events show the clear pattern of NATO involvement. Krivenik was not an aberation. NATO's actions as well as failure to react have only encouraged the terrorists to ciontinue their activity.

June 2001

When ARM surrounded UCK enclave in Aracinovo, EU pressure allowed American troops to intercede and evacuate terrorists.According to German news reports, American instructors were among Albanian terrorist s being evacuated by U.S. forces. ( see FR archives)

July -August 2001

Javier Solana and George Robertson, the Secretary-Generals of the European Union and NATO respectively, have made direct interventions to the Ukraine to cut off flow of weapons and munitions to Government of Macedonia (FYROM) and her army (ARM). At the same time, there was no intervention to stop U.S. supply of terrorists.

Eyewitness reported:

"The UCK are quick to acknowledge the US military support that they receive. Commander "Mouse," a 47-year-old UCK officer in the Tetovo sector shouted "God Bless America and Canada too for what they have given us!" While he would not elaborate on Canada's contribution, "Mouse" confirmed that two US Chinook Heavy Transport Helicopters had delivered weapons to the UCK in the hills above Tetovo. When the Macedonian government first protested this action, the US official statement was that only humanitarian aid had been airlifted to a remote Albanian village. Commander "Mouse" contradicted the US explanation by admitting that "heavy mortars and munitions" had in fact been supplied by the Chinooks. "We now have all the equipment and men we need to capture Skopje in 24 hours," said Commander "Jimmy", a 22-year-old Albanian guerrilla who is already a veteran of Chechnya, Kosovo, and South Serbia. "Militarily, the Macedonians are no match for our soldiers."

NATO Krivenik report was released in July 2003. That is why this is an important document.

37 posted on 01/14/2004 9:33:05 AM PST by DTA (you ain't seen nothing yet)
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To: mark502inf; Wraith; joan; *balkans; Hoplite
Major General Rustem Mustafa
Commander Gashi
Major General Harandaji (sp ?)

The list of KLA whom have been arrested by UNMIK/KFOR for murdering Albanians before March 1999 is long and growing.

The misinformation you seem to have blindly accepted while stationed in Kosovo and Metohija is manifestly NOT accepted by the rest of KFOR/UNMIK. For they are tossing the KLA murders into prison as fast as possible.

38 posted on 01/14/2004 1:53:40 PM PST by ehoxha
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To: mark502inf
Maybe MPRI had a long range mortar set up in Aracinovo?

= )

39 posted on 01/14/2004 2:43:09 PM PST by Hoplite
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To: ehoxha; mark502inf; joan; Balkans; Hoplite
In 1999 the priority in the British Sector was to start intel. operations into the KLA for this reason. Others that have been arrested are Sabit Geci and Latif Gashi both who were responsible for the KLA PU in arresting suspected traitors and suspected is a very loose term with the KLA. My they ride the lighting. It was always on the to do list.
40 posted on 01/14/2004 6:26:21 PM PST by Wraith (He who defends everything defends nothing. Napoleon)
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To: Wraith
What is going on with Major General Rustem Mustafa now ?
41 posted on 01/15/2004 8:55:24 AM PST by ehoxha
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To: ehoxha
Back to you i.e. Le nome due guere please for Rustem Mustafa?
42 posted on 01/17/2004 9:47:33 PM PST by Wraith (He who defends everything defends nothing. Napoleon)
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To: mark502inf
cute

but the facts remain that the Clintonistas lied us into "bombing the wrong side", ever since then the KLA apologists have had to continiously backtrack.

NATO General who originaly supported Clinton's War now says we "bombed the wrong side"

43 posted on 01/18/2004 3:51:28 AM PST by vooch
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To: Wraith
How does one spell Ramush's last name ? and his is brother still locked up ?
44 posted on 01/18/2004 3:53:15 AM PST by vooch
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To: vooch; Destro
Heard anything about SA-16s from Kosovo in Iraq?
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1060200/posts
45 posted on 01/18/2004 4:03:35 AM PST by getgoing
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To: Ronly Bonly Jones
Welcome back, Mohammed.
46 posted on 01/18/2004 4:07:52 AM PST by Al Simmons (Proud BushBot since '94!)
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To: Ronly Bonly Jones
"God is Allah. Allah is God. That's because the Muslims know but don't understand Him.

The God I worship rose from the dead on the third day. The god YOU worship needs French soldiers to protect him from being sent to the Hague."

Don't quite know where to begin here; so much fodder.

History lesson #2: Mohammed, "Allah" is a pagan moon god deity that your namesake adopted as the name of his "god" in order to win over the inhabitants of Mecca, who worshipped him. When the idols to various deities worshipped at the Karbala rock were destroyed by him, there was one idol he left standing - "Allah".

Spiritually speaking, it is obvious to anyone with even a rudimentary understanding of the scriptures that "Allah" is no one else but satan.

Therefore you are in grievous error. Does your God advocate the mass-murder of infidels? Polygamy? Well, "Allah" does.

Please enlighten me with the name of "your god" who rose on the third day if you'd be so kind.

The only One who rose on the third day that I am aware of is the Lord Jesus Christ - and he ain't even remotely connected to the "Allah" you described above.

Suggestion (should you care about where you will spend eternity): Drop your affiliation with the atheist National Council of Churches, and ask Christ to come into your life as your personal Savior.

Codially, Al
47 posted on 01/18/2004 4:17:16 AM PST by Al Simmons (Proud BushBot since '94!)
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Suggestion (should you care about where you will spend eternity): Drop your affiliation with the atheist National Council of Churches, and ask Christ to come into your life as your personal Savior. >>

He is, Heretic. Submit to the authority of the Pope of Rome, the Vicar of Christ, or spend eternity burning in the fires of Hell.

You may go now.
48 posted on 01/18/2004 9:42:06 AM PST by Ronly Bonly Jones (the more things change...)
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To: Al Simmons
"Allah" is a pagan moon god deity that your namesake adopted as the name of his "god" in order to win over the inhabitants of Mecca, who worshipped him. >>>

Nope. Allah is the Arabic word for "God." Same guy.

Sure, Mohammad said a lot of lies about Him, but that doesn't make Him any less Him. A Muslim who worships God, knowing only that about Him that Mohammad says, is still worshipping God.

Difference between you and me is that you actually give credence to what Mohammad said. I'm talking about the Guy that Mohammad was lying about. Big difference.
49 posted on 01/18/2004 2:16:31 PM PST by Ronly Bonly Jones (the more things change...)
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To: DTA
"We now have all the equipment and men we need to capture Skopje in 24 hours," said Commander "Jimmy", a 22-year-old Albanian guerrilla

Hey, DTA, how long has it been now since the Albanians captured Skopje?

Commander "Mouse," a 47-year-old UCK officer in the Tetovo sector

I've heard of that guy--a world reknowned expert in small, nocturnal strategies.

50 posted on 01/18/2004 3:34:06 PM PST by mark502inf
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