UUUUrah, I'm a former Jarhead myself....in any case, I was in Kosovo for five years (99-04). In 2001 the following happened....
Bus bomb kills returning Serb families
The deaths of seven Serbs in a bomb attack on a bus on Saturday inside the Kosovo border with Serbia marks the worst single escalation of violence against a minority since the end of the NATO bombing in 1999. The Serbs were returning to their villages to visit graves on the Orthodox Day of the Dead, when the departed are commemorated. The deaths, and more than forty injuries, were caused by a large explosive device left in a culvert under the road near the border town of Podujevo. The explosion was triggered by wire. KFOR troops were accompanying the convoy of buses, which had left from Ni, and a separate KFOR unit had been searching the road for bombs and booby traps. They were distracted by a group of men they saw on a hill above the convoy route, and went to arrest them. It was as the KFOR troops were returning to restart the security checks that the convoy passed. The lead KFOR vehicles were allowed to pass before the device was detonated under a bus containing men, women and children.
There is more about this "OPERATION" in the link. It was a well planned operation by Albanian extremist, that included several other attacks several days later against Serb busses. The PERP was caught by a combination of German and British KFOR efforts, long story short, and turned over to the Americans at Camp Bondsteel. The Perp, Florin Ejupe wasn't in Bondsteel very long. He "escaped" from Bondsteel very quickly. Word is he was trained by the CIA and his escape was not by accident. We have supported the Albanian extremist since the beginning. Actually it goes beyond Klintoon. It goes back to 1948, in our effort to break down Yugoslavia. Interesting CIA operation that has spanned decades.
They are not brave. They do this to provoke, as they know they won't be shot at or absolutely nothing done to them. The children who stone are paid or prompted to throw the stones as the busses return from Serbia or heading to Serbia......it's well planned and orchestrated.
Once Kosovo becomes independent they will target Macedonia and Southern Presevo. We even had MPRI provide advisors for the NLA during their terrorist activities in 2000-2001 time frame.....
It's a mess and the innocent Albanians, (who want a normal life), Serbs and other minorities plus internationals will become targets. The "innocent Albanians" do support the independence because of the dream but they are aware that the Mafia owns and controls Kosovo working with specific UN personnel to strengthen the organized crime. All others turn a blind eye and move on after their mission is over......this is a very short comment about the issue.....and our tax dollars are supporting it.....
posted on 05/27/2006 12:49:03 AM PDT
(I would like to comment.....)
To: tgambill; joan
Kosovo to be independent in months: ex-NATO general Thu May 25, 12:25 PM ET
PRISTINA, Serbia-Montenegro (AFP) - The former US general who commanded NATO's 1999 air war against Serbia predicted its southern province of Kosovo would become independent within months.
Wesley Clark told Kosovo Albanian leaders in Pristina he had confidence in their "strong, positive and visionary proposals" to find a solution for Kosovo, which has been run by the United Nations and NATO since 1999.
"I am confident that this issue will be solved very soon, and probably in few months, Kosovo will become independent and will respect the rights of all citizens," said Clark.
"I believe that Kosovo will be welcomed into the family of the nations and that there will be many opportunities for the citizens of this country to prosper, raise big families and make their dreams come true."
Clark, who is on a three-day visit to the disputed province, met Kosovo's President Fatmir Sejdiu and Prime Minister Agim Ceku, who said Clark was a great friend of Kosovo, who stood by it in its most difficult times.
"He is and will always be honored by the people of Kosovo," he said.
Clark commanded the 1999 NATO air strikes that drove Serbian forces loyal to former Yugoslav leader Slobodan Milosevic out of Kosovo because of their brutal crackdown on ethnic Albanian separatists.
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