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  • Serbian Attackers Shoot at NATO Soldiers [Kosovo]

    07/28/2011 6:52:47 AM PDT · by DeaconBenjamin · 3 replies ^ | 07/28/2011
    Violence on the border between Kosovo and Serbia continued to escalate on Wednesday as members of the Serbian minority in northern Kosovo set fire to a border post that has been in dispute since Monday. The attackers also reportedly fired shots at a nearby outpost run by the NATO-led Kosovo Force (KFOR). The border station has been contested since the beginning of the week when Kosovo's special police seized two northern border crossings in attempt to enforce an import ban on Serbian goods. On Tuesday a Kosovar police officer was killed, reportedly with a gunshot to the head. KFOR troops...
  • Gates Urges Orderly Reduction in NATO’s Kosovo Force

    06/11/2009 4:52:53 PM PDT · by SandRat · 3 replies · 583+ views
    BRUSSELS, Belgium, June 11, 2009 – With NATO defense ministers having agreed to reduce the alliance’s military presence in Kosovo from 14,000 to 10,000 troops by the year’s end, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates today urged that the reduction take place as an organized process. On the first day of an alliance defense ministers conference here, NATO Secretary General Jaap de Hoop Scheffer announced the force reduction today, noting that Army Gen. Bantz J. Craddock, NATO’s supreme allied commander for Europe, has proposed moving toward a deterrent presence in Kosovo that will require fewer troops in the country. Gates said...
  • Serb stabbed, incidents in K. Mitrovica (Kosovo)

    12/30/2008 10:41:08 PM PST · by Bokababe · 4 replies · 472+ views
    B92 ^ | 12/30/08 | Staff
    30 December 2008 | 18:04 -> 21:05 | Source: B92, Beta, Tanjug KOSOVSKA MITROVICA -- After two Albanians stabbed a 16-year-old Serb with a knife in Kosovska Mitrovica this afternoon and incidents that ensued, the situation is now calm. Automatic gunfire was heard as an Albanian-owned store was set on fire near the bridge on the Ibar River which divides Kosovska Mitrovica into its northern, predominantly Serb, and southern, Albanian part. The victim, Nikola Božović, was taken to hospital with a 10-centimeter stab wound apparently in the lumbar area of his back. Doctor Trajče Bogeski said that the boy was...
  • British soldier dies after being shot in Kosovo "in front of a partially built Christian Church"

    12/17/2001 2:00:00 PM PST · by Pericles · 154 replies · 789+ views
    AFP via Yahoo! News ^ | Tuesday December 18, 6:18 AM | AFP
    Tuesday December 18, 6:18 AM British soldier dies after being shot in Kosovo A British soldier with the international peacekeeping force in Kosovo, KFOR, died after being shot in the Yugoslav province's main city of Pristina, a KFOR spokesman said. The spokesman, Captain Ollie Major, said: "A British soldier was injured as a result of a gunshot wound. The soldier later died." Major said the soldier had been on duty in front of a partially built Christian Orthodox church when he was shot. He did not give further details and did not name the soldier. Unrest between Kosovo's ethnic Albanian ...
  • UN police forced out of Kosovo town after clashes

    03/17/2008 2:41:22 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 32 replies · 615+ views
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 3/17/08 | Jovan Matic
    KOSOVSKA MITROVICA (AFP) - UN police were forced to withdraw Monday from the Serb-populated part of this flashpoint Kosovo town after coming under attack as they stormed a court occupied by Serbs opposed to independence. Police said more than 100 people were injured as the troops met gunfire and suspected grenade blasts in the worst violence to have flared in Kosovo since its independence declaration a month ago on February 17. The clashes erupted after UN police and NATO-led KFOR (Kosovo Force) troops surrounded the courthouse in Kosovska Mitrovica for a pre-dawn raid to evict the Serb protestors. Kosovo police...
  • Mullen Wishes Kosovo Well, Says NATO Mission Won’t Change

    02/20/2008 3:23:26 PM PST · by SandRat · 6 replies · 86+ views
    CAMP PENDLETON, Calif., Feb. 20, 2008 – NATO will continue its mission in the newly independent republic of Kosovo, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said here yesterday. Kosovo declared its independence from Serbia on Feb. 17. The United States has a National Guard brigade deployed in the country now, and its mission will not change, Navy Adm. Mike Mullen said during a news conference here. NATO put together its Kosovo Force at the end of a 78-day bombing campaign in 1999 to stop Serbs from driving ethnic Albanians out of Kosovo. NATO forces entered the Serbian province...
  • Minnesota Guard patrols anxious, independent Kosovo

    02/18/2008 3:40:32 PM PST · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 17 replies · 156+ views
    StarTribune ^ | 2/18/08 | Mark Brunswick
    Leaders of about 400 members of the Minnesota National Guard who have been deployed to Kosovo as part of a United Nations peacekeeping force describe the atmosphere there as "energized, well-mannered and tense" after the former Yugoslavian province declared independence on Sunday. "The next few days are likely to be tense for Kosovo as the new country awaits international recognition," said Lt. Col. Michael Funk, commander of 2nd Battalion, 135th Infantry, a Mankato-based unit. Minnesota troops are largely stationed in a southeastern portion of Kosovo, where independence demonstrations were described as peaceful and limited to some sporadic celebratory gunfire. But...
  • Another Failed State?

    02/17/2008 4:45:09 PM PST · by Doctor13 · 17 replies · 134+ views
    Newsweek ^ | 17 February 2008
    Another Failed State? Kosovo's declaration of independence isn't likely to solve its many problems—or defuse tensions in the troubled Balkans. Kosovo declared independence Sunday, but it's unlikely any time soon to become the world's 193rd country. What it will almost certainly be is a failed state, unrecognized by the United Nations, unable to govern itself, dependent on Europe for its police and NATO for its armed forces. After eight years as an international protectorate and billions of dollars in aid and reconstruction funds, its economic prospects are grim. Unemployment is 57 percent, and among youths it's more like 70 percent;...
  • KFOR, VS thwart fake Kosovo attack (Spoiled Fake Serbian Attack on Kosovo)

    BELGRADE -- KFOR has thwarted a fake Serbian Army (VS) attack on Kosovo following a VS tip-off, says Lt. Gen. Mladen Ćirković. “We give KFOR information, they check it. That’s how recently, following one of our tip-offs, a number of Yugoslav army uniforms were confiscated,” Ćirković told daily Politika. “According to our data, a paramilitary group was planning to stage a fake VS attack on Kosovo,” he said. The general said that operative evidence existed incidents were being planned around Bujanovac, Preševo and on the border with Macedonia, and that the VS would not tolerate any provocations of violence in...
  • US soldier dies in Kosovo crash

    09/09/2007 3:17:42 PM PDT · by joan · 9 replies · 375+ views
    earthtimes ^ | September 9, 2007
    Pristina - A United States soldier serving with a NATO-led peacekeeping force in Kosovo was killed in a traffic accident Sunday night, police sources in the province said. Two other US troops were injured in the crash, which occurred in Caglavica, a section of the capital Pristina, sources said. Neither official confirmation of the report nor any other details were immediately available. Peacekeepers of KFOR had been deployed in Kosovo since mid-1999, when NATO ousted Serbian security forces to end the repression of the majority Albanian population.
  • ‘Missing’: The real question is: why? (Kosovo non-Albanian missing)

    11/13/2006 7:06:50 AM PST · by joan · 15 replies · 393+ views
    apisgroup ^ | November 13, 2006 | Danijela Slavnic
    Are the cases of missing persons in Kosovo science fiction or consciously closed files? Unexpectedly for many Kosovo crisis observers, proliferation of terrorism and violence resulted with huge number of cases of missing and kidnapped civilians, mostly non-Albanians (especially Serbs): in the summer of 1998, spring 1999 and during 2000. Actually, last reported kidnappings occurred in 2004. Although such acts of terror were well known to local population and local authorities, eccentric doubts could be summarized with only one question: If victims were held in hidden prisons and if after some time they were executed, where are the bodies? Searches,...
  • Swedish soldier killed in northern Greece road accident (Kosovo peacekeeper)

    09/10/2006 9:34:42 AM PDT · by joan · 7 replies · 317+ views
    Calibre ^ | September 10, 2006
    Released : Sunday, September 10, 2006 8:48 AM ATHENS, Greece-One Swedish soldier was killed and another was slightly injured when they were hit by a car in northern Greece, authorities said Sunday. The dead man, 25, was run over by the car near the town of Kallithea in the Halkidiki peninsula, some 90 kilometers (60 miles) southeast of Thessaloniki, Greece's second-largest city, police said. The injured man also was hit by the car. The two soldiers, who were serving in the peacekeeping force in Kosovo, known as KFOR, were on holiday in the Halkidiki peninsula. Their names were not released.
  • Czech soldier dies in Kosovo

    07/31/2006 12:02:26 PM PDT · by joan · 1 replies · 137+ views ^ | July 31, 2006
    Prague/Pristina- A Czech soldier serving in the Czech military contingent within KFOR international forces died at the Sajkovac base in Kosovo, southern Serbia, today, the Defence Ministry told CTK. The 34-year-old officer cadet of the military police was found dead by his colleague in the barracks this morning. The military informed the soldier's family immediately. The military police have started investigating the tragic event. "The preliminary examination has not proved that the death was caused by another person, but the investigation continues," Pavel Lipka, commander of the 9th Czech military contingent, told CTK by phone. Other members of the Czech...
  • KFOR troops give blankets on Christmas Day

    12/29/2005 3:16:42 PM PST · by SandRat · 323+ views
    ARNEWS ^ | Dec 28, 2005 | Sgt. Matthew Chlosta
    CAMP BONDSTEEL, KOSOVO (Army News Service, Dec. 28, 2005) – Soldiers from KFOR 6B convoyed to a hilltop church overlooking the small town of Letnice/Letnica, Kosovo, Dec. 25 to deliver hand-made fleece blankets to residents there. “It’s important for me to celebrate Christmas here,” said 1st Lt. Melanie Meyer, liaison officer, Task Force Falcon. “This is my first Christmas away from my family in the states. I wanted to come out here today so I can still feel the same joy of giving during Christmas. Watching the faces of the kids getting really excited is great.” Several children dressed in...
  • Soldiers bring cheer to Kosovo school

    12/08/2005 3:19:14 PM PST · by SandRat · 17 replies · 464+ views
    ARNEWS ^ | Dec 8, 2005 | Spc. Alicia Dill
    CAMP BONDSTEEL, KOSOVO (Army News Service, Dec 8, 2005) – Families of U.S. troops in the Kosovo Force have donated clothing and school supplies to an elementary school in a small mountainside village. In the village of Ukzmajl, Kosovo, 600 Euro dollars, or $750 USD is the yearly budget allotted by the municipality for the Skenderbeu School. Aware of the scarcity of funding for the school, Kosovo Force Soldiers and their families decided to do something to help out. Eight soldiers from the Headquarters and Headquarters Operations Company, 628th Military Intelligence Battalion, 28th Infantry Division from Harrisburg, Pa., visited the...
  • Kosovo Mission Successful, Important, U.S. Forces Say

    08/16/2005 8:17:15 PM PDT · by mark502inf · 20 replies · 447+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Aug. 15, 2005 | By Terri Lukach
    WASHINGTON, – While U.S. forces have been defending freedom in Afghanistan and Iraq, another mission to protect local populations from brutality and oppression has been winding down in the Balkans. That mission holds important lessons for operations currently under way in Iraq, U.S. forces in Kosovo say. In 1999, 38,000 NATO forces were in Kosovo to establish and maintain a secure environment, enforce compliance with agreements that ended a campaign of ethnic cleansing by former Serbian President Slobodan Milosevic, and provide assistance to the U.N. Mission in Kosovo. Today, there are less than 18,000 multinational troops on the ground, of...
  • Improvements Visible in Kosovo

    08/16/2005 7:31:32 PM PDT · by mark502inf · 52 replies · 655+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Aug. 15, 2005 | By Jim Garamone
    It's easy to spot the changes to Kosovo from the air -- all the U.N.-provided plastic tarpaulins that provided shelter in the years after the NATO intervention are gone. In their place are orange roofs covering homes that have been rebuilt. Roughly 1,700 American servicemembers -- almost all National Guardsmen -- are part of the 17,000-man Kosovo Force helping provide the environment the province needs to recover. Four UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters fly over Kosovo in support of a troop visit by Air Force Gen. Richard Myers, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and USO celebrities on Aug. 15....
  • Robertson goes back to Balkans as a peacemaker

    05/16/2005 11:43:54 PM PDT · by Jane_N · 10 replies · 1,031+ views ^ | Tue 17 May 2005 | FRASER NELSON
    GEORGE ROBERTSON, who as Defence Secretary co-ordinated the 1999 Kosovo bombing campaign, is to return to the Balkans as peacemaker between Serbs and Albanians. Lord Robertson of Port Ellen is to become chief negotiator between Belgrade and Pristina over the future of Kosovo, which wants to become independent after six years of NATO military presence. Its ambition is backed by Albania, but bitterly opposed by the Serbs. The United Nations, which has run Kosovo since the end of the bombing campaign, will today announce that Lord Robertson has agreed to come out of semi-retirement to conduct the crucial negotiations. Since...
  • UN Discovers Human Remains in Kosovo Cave ("Non-Albanians" mass grave after NATO's takeover)

    04/18/2005 8:22:35 AM PDT · by Destro · 49 replies · 1,183+ views ^ | Mon 18 Apr 2005 | "PA"
    Mon 18 Apr 2005 3:54pm (UK) UN Discovers Human Remains in Kosovo Cave "PA" The United Nations in Kosovo said today they had discovered a cave allegedly used to secretly dispose of the human remains of non-Albanians in Kosovo killed during a war in 1998-1999. Initial findings indicated the area “was used to secretly dispose of human remains, and could be related to the disappearances” of non-Albanians in Kosovo in 1998, the UN statement said. The UN-run Office on Missing Persons and Forensics began excavating the cave and its surrounding area in Klina, some 30 miles west of the province’s...
  • Troops rushed to Kosovo

    03/07/2005 7:35:31 PM PST · by joan · 29 replies · 853+ views
    The Sun ^ | March 7, 2005
    FIVE hundred British troops were last night rushed to Kosovo amid fears of a new explosion in ethnic violence. The men from the 1st Battalion, The Royal Green Jackets have been deployed after an urgent request from NATO. Commanders of the force in Kosovo want to make a show of strength as tensions rise. The Green Jackets will patrol the capital Pristina to keep ethnic Albanians and Serbs apart. This time last year 31 died and 500 were wounded in violence.
  • Investigation:Kosovo's Wild West

    02/22/2005 2:54:01 AM PST · by Nennsy · 5 replies · 521+ views
    Institute for War and Peace Reporting ^ | Feb 18, 2005 | Jeta Xharra, Muhamet Hajrullahu, Arben Salihu, Ibrahim Kelmendi
    Investigation: Kosovo’s Wild WestVigilante law reigns in a part of Kosovo where justice doesn’t quite reach.Ramiz Muriqi, a tall man in his fifties, looks scared and isolated in his flat in Peja, about 80 kilometres west of Kosovo’s capital Pristina.“I’m tired of watching my back all the time, worrying that I’m next in line to be shot,” said Muriqi, with two cell phones, an automatic pistol and two spare magazines hanging from his belt.Peja - known to Serbs as Pec - is a large town in the Dukagjini plain of western Kosovo. In this region, law and order has broken...
  • Remember Kosovo?

    12/28/2004 9:41:19 AM PST · by Destro · 89 replies · 2,039+ views ^ | December 28, 2004 | Cliff Kincaid
    Remember Kosovo? By Cliff Kincaid | December 28, 2004 Clinton's policy was not to bomb those terrorists but to support them and bomb the Christian Serbs. AIM put together a list of the most underreported or buried stories of 2004, and one of them was the resurgence of anti-Serb, anti-Christian violence in Kosovo. Dozens were killed and more Christian churches were destroyed there. Kosovo got some attention near the end of the year when newspapers covered the fact that a former leader of the Kosovo Liberation Army, the KLA, became prime minister in a new Kosovo-based government. A story in...

    12/19/2004 12:41:42 PM PST · by w6ai5q37b · 6 replies · 389+ views
    Chronicles Magazine ^ | Dec. 6, 2004 | Srdja Trifkovic
    U.N.-APPROVED TERRORIST TO RUN KOSOVO by Srdja Trifkovic Imagine a "multi-ethnic" Palestine, administered by the United Nations, in which a Hamas leader notorious for terrorist attacks on Jewish civilians is certified as the Authority's "democratically" elected chief executive. Imagine Abu Musab al-Zarqawi being approved by a future UN governor as Iraq's prime minister. Imagine that in Kosovo a KLA murderer . . . but then in Kosovo you don't have to imagine anything. On December 3 the provincial parliament in Pristina voted to elect Ramush Haradinaj as prime minister. This 36-year-old former commander of the "Kosovo Liberation Army" has been...
  • Serbian church sues over Kosovo

    12/09/2004 9:50:50 AM PST · by Jane_N · 21 replies · 974+ views
    BBC ^ | Thursday, 9 December, 2004 | BBC
    The Serbian Orthodox Church has filed a lawsuit against the UK, France, Germany and Italy for allegedly failing to protect its churches in Kosovo. Bishop Artemije of Raska and Prizren, who lodged the complaint, told Serbian media that the four nations had allowed ethnic Albanians to ransack churches. The state-run Politika paper quotes him saying dozens of Orthodox churches and religious monuments had been destroyed. Nato-led troops took control of mainly-Muslim Kosovo in June 1999. The international community forced Serb troops and authorities out of the province amid escalating violence against separatist ethnic Albanian rebels. Mob attacks Clashes have continued...
  • Car explosion injures soldier in Kosovo

    11/10/2004 2:50:46 PM PST · by joan · 3 replies · 230+ views
    UNMIK Police (Kosovo) ^ | November 10, 2004
    REGION GNJILANE CRIMINAL INCIDENTS EXPLOSION Ferizaj 09/11 - 1850 hrs. A suspicious vehicle carrying explosive materials crashed into a supermarket, the car exploded and caused damages. The vehicle was without a driver. One KFOR male and two local males sustained non life threatening injuries. Police secured the scene and KFOR EOD team was informed.
  • Kosovo Search Team Finds More Illegal Arms (Jun 2000 KFOR still finding hidden KLA high explosives)

    10/26/2004 7:54:27 PM PDT · by FreedomCalls · 6 replies · 313+ views
    Reuters ^ | June 19 2000 | Reuters
    British-led peacekeepers found more illegal arms in Kosovo on Sunday after last week´s discovery of four bunkers full of weapons, a British officer said. Sunday´s search, during an ongoing sweep across central Kosovo, was not on the scale of Friday and Saturday´s discoveries, but the finding of mortar tubes, mortar bombs and quantities of ammunition was enough to encourage the troops to extend the operation until Monday night at least. "We´re on a roll," declared Brigadier Richard Shirreff, commanding officer of the British troops in Kosovo, who are backed up in the search by Finnish, Norwegian and Czech units. The...
  • British soldier killed in a car accident in Kosovo

    10/19/2004 6:16:14 PM PDT · by joan · 5 replies · 222+ views
    SpaceWar ^ | October 19, 2004
    PRISTINA, Serbia-Montenegro (AFP) Oct 19, 2004 A British soldier has been killed in a car crash in the UN-administered Serbian province of Kosovo, the NATO-led peacekeeping force (KFOR) said Tuesday. "The fatal road incident occurred early on Tuesday some 20 to 30 minutes after midnight (around 2230 GMT Monday). Three other British soldiers were injured in the same accident," KFOR spokesman Colonel Yves Kermorvant said. Police said a British military vehicle rolled off the road near the central town of Glogovac. Kermorvant said 115 soldiers had lost their lives, mostly in accidents, since KFOR was deployed in Kosovo in 1999.
  • UN envoy to Kosovo finds mixed progress on Serbs returns

    10/09/2004 6:08:16 PM PDT · by Jane_N · 2 replies · 192+ views
    UN News Centre ^ | 9 October 2004 | UN News
    Visiting areas where Serbs have returned to Kosovo, the senior United Nations envoy to the troubled province today observed minority populations facing an uphill climb on the road to integration. Sřren Jessen-Petersen expressed dissatisfaction at the situation in Bica, where Kosovo Serb villagers are protected by barbed wire barricades and the 24-hour presence of peacekeeping troops. He pledged to work with the local community and municipal authorities to find more sustainable solutions to the current problems. “In Kosovo in October 2004, a Kosovo that is determined to move towards review of standards and status talks, there should and must be...
  • French troops parachute into Kosovo

    10/06/2004 10:08:38 AM PDT · by 11th_VA · 99 replies · 3,384+ views
    Reuters AlertNet ^ | 06 Oct 2004 16:47:00 GMT | By Matthew Robinson
    STANOVC, Serbia and Montenegro, Oct 6 (Reuters) - Hundreds of French troops parachuted into Kosovo on Wednesday in the first major operational drop by the French military since intervention in Zaire in 1978. The mid-morning calm in open meadows north of the U.N.-governed province's capital, Pristina, was shattered by the thunder of seven Transall C-160 planes arriving at the end of a five-hour flight from bases in France. Arching low over cornfields, they emptied their human cargo, filling the skies with the dirty-white canopies of 361 French paratroopers, each with combat rifle and 50 kg of equipment strapped to his...
  • KFOR removes fence around churchyard in Lipljan without consent of local Serbs

    09/24/2004 7:24:35 AM PDT · by ma bell · 17 replies · 498+ views
    19:07 BUJANOVAC , Sept 20 (Tanjug) - Finnish KFOR troops removed Monday a security barbed wire fence around the church in Lipljan, the sole safe area for local Serbs in this Kosovo town. KFOR removed the fence without the consent of the local Serb community, Lipljan municipality President Borivoje Vignjevic told Tanjug. The local UNMIK administrator was not informed of this move either, Vignjevic said, adding that when he insisted to learn who had given the order to remove the fence, KFOR told him it was done at the insistence of the Kosovo police
  • Kosovo: Over 40 people fear for their lives as eviction date from French peacekeepers’ base looms

    08/12/2004 11:32:01 PM PDT · by Jane_N · 5 replies · 324+ views
    Amnesty International ^ | 11th August 2004 | Amnesty International
    Amnesty International today (11 August) raised fears for the safety of over 40 people facing eviction on 12 August from a French peacekeepers’ base in Kosovo, where they have been sheltering since Albanian demonstrators drove them from their homes in March this year. The members of the Ashkali ethnic minority, including elderly people and children, had their houses burned in the March violence in which 19 died and over 4,000 were made homeless across Kosovo. The Ashkali have been offered temporary accommodation at the Motel Vicianum on the outskirts of their town Vucitrn/Vushtrri, from which they can see their burned-out...
  • Remember Kosovo

    07/28/2004 6:55:28 AM PDT · by DTA · 8 replies · 524+ views
    FINANCIAL TIMES ^ | 2004-07-28 | editorial
    Remember Kosovo Published: July 28 2004 5:00 | Last Updated: July 28 2004 5:00 Soren Jessen-Petersen, the new United Nations-appointed chief who takes charge of Kosovo next month, faces a huge challenge in keeping the peace in the troubled province. Some western diplomats count Kosovo as a success of international intervention. So does John Kerry, who will be the US Democratic presidential candidate. He has contrasted the multilateral engagement in Kosovo, launched in 1999 when Democrats ran the White House, with the swamp that is Iraq. The Nato-led campaign did force Slobodan Milosevic, former Yugoslav president, out of Kosovo and...
  • KFOR to block Pristina-Gnjilane road on weekends

    06/11/2004 10:48:10 AM PDT · by Jane_N · 1 replies · 144+ views
    TANJUG ^ | June 11, 2004 | TANJUG
    18:40 GRACANICA , June 11 (Tanjug) - The Pristina-Gnjilane road, which passes through Gracanica, will be blocked between 8 p.m. and 6 a.m. every weekend, the Swedish KFOR battalion said in a statement on Friday. The statement, a copy of which was sent to Tanjug, said that Swedish KFOR units had restored checkpoints at the access road to Gracanica and were searching all vehicles entering the village. The checkpoints were restored after the recent murder of 17-year-old Dimitrije Popovic, a Serb from Gracanica.
  • Serb boy killed as tensions rise in Kosovo

    06/05/2004 7:56:57 AM PDT · by Jane_N · 26 replies · 369+ views
    Yahoo via Reuters ^ | Saturday June 5, 03:38 PM | By Shaban Buza
    GRACANICA, Serbia and Montenegro (Reuters) - A Serb teenager has been shot dead in Kosovo and police quickly arrested two Albanians suspected of trying to ignite another round of ethnic violence in the United Nations-run province. The killing in the Serb enclave of Gracanica on Saturday was the first since 19 people were killed in mid-March when the U.N. protectorate was engulfed in the worst violence in five years of international administration. NATO peacekeepers later said the riots were clearly orchestrated. U.N. police spokesman Malcolm Ashby said 16-year-old Dimitrije Popovic was killed when gunmen fired from a car into a...
  • Serb shot in northern Kosovo

    05/27/2004 11:37:39 AM PDT · by joan · 6 replies · 167+ views
    B92 ^ | May 27, 2004
    ZUBIN POTOK -- Thursday – A Serb engineer from the village of Gornji Stimac in northern Kosovo was seriously wounded this morning by automatic rifle fire from a neighbouring village with a predominantly Albanian population. Locals say that Blagoje Orlovic was wounded in the early hours of the morning and transferred to a hospital in Kosovska Mitrovica for surgery. It’s not the first time, they say, for Orlovic who was wounded in a similar attack two years ago. In the meantime, they add, Albanians have stolen a tractor and dozens of heads of cattle from their village. They claim the...
  • Swedish KFOR General Warns About Total Ethnic Cleansing of Serbs

    05/18/2004 8:49:57 AM PDT · by Jane_N · 114 replies · 480+ views
    The Transnational Foundation for Peace and Future Research ^ | May 18, 2004 | Brigadier Anders Brännström
    Swedish KFOR General Warns About Total Ethnic Cleansing of Serbs   By Anders Brännström May 18, 2004 "Do not abandon Kosovo!" Unless the Serbian minority is protected by a strong international military force, the part of the Kosovo Albanian population that is prone to violence will ethnically cleanse anything Serbian out of Kosovo as soon as it gets an opportunity. Until the violent riots in March, the external world believed that the situation in Kosovo had become stabilized. There were plans to strongly reduce the peacekeeping KFOR troops. Thanks to the disarmament not having gone very far, it was possible...
  • German troops 'hid like rabbits' in Kosovo riots

    05/11/2004 8:14:07 AM PDT · by BayouCoyote · 17 replies · 264+ views
    NEWS.TELEGRAPH.CO.UK ^ | 9/5/04 | By Tony Paterson
    German troops serving with the Kfor international peacekeeping contingent in Kosovo have been accused of hiding in barracks "like frightened rabbits" during the inter-ethnic rioting that erupted in the province in March.
  • German troops 'hid like rabbits' in Kosovo riots

    05/08/2004 8:37:45 PM PDT · by elfman2 · 88 replies · 866+ views
    German troops serving with the Kfor international peacekeeping contingent in Kosovo have been accused of hiding in barracks "like frightened rabbits" during the inter-ethnic rioting that erupted in the province in March. A hard-hitting German police report sent to the Berlin government last week criticises the troops for cowardice and for their failure to quell the rioting in which 19 people died and about 900 others were injured. The charges - the most serious made against the German army since the Second World War - have been levelled by police officers serving with Unmik, the United Nations civil administration in...
  • Western policy in Kosovo attacked

    04/22/2004 10:43:45 PM PDT · by Destro · 19 replies · 151+ views ^ | Friday April 23, 2004 | Ian Traynor
    Western policy in Kosovo attacked Ian Traynor in Zagreb Friday April 23, 2004 The Guardian Kosovo is in danger of becoming Europe's West Bank, a destabilising source of unrest in the Balkans, because of five years of flawed and failed western policy-making and peacekeeping, the International Crisis Group thinktank said yesterday. It called for an overhaul of western policy in response to last month's ethnic riots which killed 19 and injured 900. Its 50-page study of the sudden Albanian offensive against the dwindling Serbian minority strongly criticised the Kosovo Albanian leadership and the Serbian government in Belgrade. But it said...
  • In clashes with ethnic Albanian terrorists, Kfor kills one ethnic Albanian

    04/08/2004 6:21:53 AM PDT · by joan · 2 replies · 170+ views
    Tanjug ^ | April 8, 2004
    10:12 BELGRADE , Apil 8 (Tanjug) - In clashes with ethnic Albanian terrorists, while trying to arrest Iso Brijani, a policeman of the Kosovo Police Service, Kfor members killed one ethnic Albanian, wounded two others and arrested still another two in Kuzmin, near Kosovo Polje on Wednesday. Brijani is suspected with having taken part in the March 23 attack in the village of Sakovici, in the Podujevo municipality, when a Ghana UNMIK policeman and a member of the Kosovo Police Service got killed, and a translator wounded.
  • We bombed the wrong side?

    04/06/2004 4:54:40 PM PDT · by DTA · 136 replies · 18,438+ views
    THE NATIONAL POST (Canada) ^ | 2004-04-06 | Maj-Gen. Lewis MacKenzie
    We bombed the wrong side? Lewis MacKenzie Five years ago our television screens were dominated by pictures of Kosovo-Albanian refugees escaping across Kosovo's borders to the sanctuaries of Macedonia and Albania. Shrill reports indicated that Slobodan Milosevic's security forces were conducting a campaign of genocide and that at least 100,000 Kosovo-Albanians had been exterminated and buried in mass graves throughout the Serbian province. NATO sprung into action and, in spite of the fact no member nation of the alliance was threatened, commenced bombing not only Kosovo, but the infrastructure and population of Serbia itself -- without the authorizing United Nations...
  • Czechs hold line in Kosovo

    03/25/2004 4:20:45 AM PST · by joan · 35 replies · 164+ views
    The Prague Post ^ | March 25, 2004
    KFOR soldiers defend Serb enclaves against attacks by Albanians By Eva Munk For The Prague Post (March 25, 2004) Captain Jindrich Plescher had never seen anything like it. "We were defending a Serb Orthodox church in the town of Podujevo against a mob of 500 Albanians, but there were too many for us," he recalled. "When they broke through the wall [around the church], we got orders to retreat. "They smashed everything inside, including our communications center, made a big pile in front and set it on fire. Then they turned their attention to the adjacent Serb cemetery. They knocked...
  • 18 Soldiers Wounded as Albanian Extremists Attack Church

    03/24/2004 8:46:56 AM PST · by Mark Felton · 62 replies · 258+ views
    ERPKIM ^ | 3/24/04 | ERPKIM
    Eighteen KFOR soldiers have been wounded during an attack by extremist Albanians on the church of the Holy King Uros in Urosevac. A Greek soldier has sustained second degree burns and three KFOR vehicles have been burned, KFOR advised on Saturday evening. In a detailed report of events in Urosevac on Wednesday afternoon, it is reported that a group of about 500 extremist Albanians attacked the observation checkpoint guarded by Greek soldiers in front of the church in Urosevac with rocks and Molotov cocktails. According to a statement issued from the U.S. military base Bondsteel, during the course of the...
  • UN Vehicle Attacked in Kosovo; Two People Killed (QUAGMIRE)

    03/23/2004 5:31:30 PM PST · by Mark Felton · 16 replies · 207+ views
    AFP ^ | 3/24/04 | AFP
    <p>March 24 (Bloomberg) -- A United Nations police vehicle was attacked in the Serbian province of Kosovo, Agence France-Presse reported, citing an unidentified UN spokesman. Two people were killed in the incident, he said.</p> <p>The attack took place late yesterday and involved at least one gunman, the spokesman said.</p>
  • Kosovo residents still on edge

    03/23/2004 5:57:24 PM PST · by wonders · 3 replies · 129+ views
    BBC ^ | Tuesday, 23 March, 2004, 15:43 GMT | Tamsin Smith
    There is an uneasy calm here in Kosovo after the troubles of recent days which left 31 dead and more than 500 wounded. Driving from the airport to the capital Pristina, you see reminders of the biggest outbreak of violence here since the war ended five years ago. In between pizzerias and petrol stations are blackened remains of houses and churches. There are virtually no Serbs left now in Pristina. The United Nations refugee agency, UNHCR, estimates that 3,600 have fled their homes in the past week. Many were headed for the security of larger settlements, and about a third...
  • UN accuses Kosovo violence instigators of 'crimes against humanity'

    03/23/2004 4:52:42 PM PST · by wonders · 16 replies · 209+ views
    AFP via Yahoo ^ | Tue Mar 23, 3:11 PM ET | AFP staff
    PRISTINA, Serbia (AFP) - The UN mission chief in Kosovo accused the instigators of riots that claimed 28 lives in the Serbian province last week of carrying out "severe crimes against humanity." Harri Holkeri told members of Kosovo's minority Serb community the international community was "totally determined to find the perpetrators, to find those people who are behind those kind of things, because they have tried to destroy the whole future of Kosovo. "They are responsible for severe crimes against humanity." He was asked by Serbs in Obilic, a community near Pristina, whether the wave of violence, which also left...
  • UN forbids use of church bells in Kosovo (because they irritate the muslims)

    03/22/2004 3:01:25 PM PST · by Seselj · 90 replies · 551+ views
    Beta ^ | S. Lazovic
    Priest Velimir Stojanovic, who lives with his family in the churchyard of the Serbian Orthodox Church of St. Sava in the southern part of Kosovska Mitrovica, told Tanjug that the Greek soldiers protecting this shrine have forbidden the use of the church bells. "Representatives of KFOR introduced this ban with the explanation that Orthodox church bells irritate the Albanians," says Father Velimir. "The last time the bells were heard was on Easter Sunday, April 15 of this year," he explained, adding that so far he has not publicized this ban because he thought it was temporary. "The church bells did...
  • 17 Kosovo churches, monasteries and convents looted or set ablaze

    03/18/2004 2:55:28 PM PST · by konijn · 27 replies · 3,573+ views
    Reuters ^ | Thu 18 March, 2004 21:22 | Fredrik Dahl
    Serbs brace for more attacks Thu 18 March, 2004 21:22 By Fredrik Dahl PRISTINA, Serbia and Montenegro (Reuters) - Albanians have set fire to Serb churches across Kosovo in a second day of attacks as NATO boosted its force by 1,000 and vowed to stamp out ethnic violence with "robust" action. Serbia and Montenegro's Defence Minister Boris Tadic said he expected more violence in the majority Albanian province and appealed to NATO to do more to calm the "terrible situation". "I am afraid there will be more attacks during the night. This is an emergency situation and we need the...
  • NATO Beefs Up Forces in Kosovo After 17 Die in Ethnic Riots

    03/18/2004 10:46:06 AM PST · by Calpernia · 18 replies · 303+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | March 18, 2004 | By Jim Garamone
    Seventeen Kosovars have been killed in the worst outbreak of ethnic violence in that province since NATO forces arrived in 1999, NATO officials said. A company of U.S. soldiers now assigned to the stabilization force in Bosnia is moving to Kosovo to beef up NATO forces in the area. Another two companies are standing by, said a NATO spokesman. Six people were killed in Mitrovica, three in Lipljan, three in Caglavica, two in Urosevac, one in Pec, one in Gnjilane and one in the Kosovar capital of Pristina. The rioting reportedly began in Mitrovica, when ethnic Albanians gathered to protest...
  • No Serbs involved in drowning: UNMIK

    03/18/2004 3:15:44 AM PST · by Mel70 · 6 replies · 1,155+ views
    B92 news via Beta ^ | 3/18/04 | B92 news via Beta
    NO SERBS INVOLVED IN DROWNING: UNMIK PRISTINA -- Wednesday – UNMIK spokesman Derek Chappell said tonight that the survivor of yesterday’s Ibar River drowning has told his parents that he and three friends entered the river alone and were immediately caught up in the heavy current. The boy managed to reach the opposite bank of the river, but his three companions were swept away. The incident happened at about 4.30 p.m. and police began a search of the river about an hour and a half later. Two bodies have been found so far. Today’s violent incidents around Kosovo were sparked...