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    U.N. and NATO troops clash with Serbs in Kosovo

    That means at least one CFer may have seen some "action" today in Kosovo. The following news article mentions violence in the French sector. This has been coming for a long time; hopefully this doesn't turn into something worse.

    By Branislav Krstic 1 hour, 1 minute ago


    MITROVICA, Kosovo (Reuters) - NATO troops came under fire during Serb riots in the northern Kosovo flashpoint of Mitrovica on Monday, in the worst violence in the territory since the Albanian majority declared independence last month.
    The riots posed a direct challenge to NATO, the United Nations and Kosovo's fledgling European Union justice mission, underscoring fears in the West that Kosovo could be heading for ethnic partition one month after breaking away from Serbia.
    A U.N. spokesman said the riot "crosses one of the red lines that had clearly been articulated by the U.N. to the leaders of Kosovo Serbs in the north and to officials in Belgrade." The United Nations said at least 25 police officers were hurt.
    But Serbia blamed the United Nations and NATO for heavy-handed action and increased the level of security on its borders, warning that the volatile situation risked provoking a fresh Albanian "pogrom" against Kosovo's 120,000 minority Serbs.
    The Orthodox church said Serbs were "again being killed."
    Serbia's main ally Russia blamed the "illegitimate" secession of Kosovo for the rioting and urged the international police contingent to show restraint.
    "A turn of events which leads to violence and clashes cannot be allowed," Russia's Foreign Ministry said in a statement. "The international presence should show restraint and act strictly in accordance with its (United Nations) mandate."
    The Serb director of Mitrovica hospital, political hardliner Marko Jaksic, said three people of Serb nationality had been severely injured in the rioting.
    "One person has been shot in the head most probably by a sniper. The bullet went right through," he said. "The person is in very bad condition (in) a hospital in Kragujevac in central Serbia." Two others were in serious condition, Jaksic said.
    The loyalist Serbian National Council of northern Kosovo called on Belgrade to "help Serb people and say that Kosovo is Serbia," its leader Nebojsa Jovic was quoted as saying.
    In an apparent hint at the forced partition the West fears, he said "there is a scenario" if people get killed, which could reach "a point from which there's no way back."
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    The violence began at dawn when several hundred U.N. special police backed by NATO peacekeepers stormed a U.N. court that had been seized by Serbs on Friday, and arrested dozens.
    Hundreds of Serbs fought back with stones, grenades and firecrackers, forcing the U.N. police to pull back and leave KFOR to face the rioters. Rioters attacked three U.N. vehicles, breaking doors and freeing around 10 of those detained in the raid, witnesses said.
    Police and troops responded with tear gas. Some U.N. vans with detainees were still in the courtyard of the compound, with dozens of Serb protesters outside blocking their exit.
    NATO said its troops had come under automatic weapons fire.
    "We used automatic weapons to respond but fired only warning shots," French spokesman Etienne du Fayet de la Tour told Reuters. "We shot in the air, not into the crowd."

    "Eight French KFOR soldiers are injured with grenades, stones and Molotov cocktails," said du Fayet de la Tour.
    U.N. police withdrew "after attacks with explosive devices suspected to be hand grenades, and firearms" a statement said.
    Fourteen Ukrainian police serving with the United Nations were injured when "fighters attacked a police station," Ukrainian Interior Minister Yuri Lutsenko told reporters in Simferopol. Poland said 13 of its Kosovo U.N. officers were hurt.
    The raid to retake the court coincided with the March 17 anniversary of Kosovo Albanian riots against Serbs in 2004, in which 19 people were killed and hundreds of homes and churches burned in two days of chaos that caught NATO flat-footed.
    It was this flare-up that pushed the West to start talks on Kosovo's final status in 2006. But they got nowhere.
    Serbia's President Boris Tadic warned NATO and the United Nations of the risk for Kosovo Serbs on the anniversary of what he called an Albanian "pogrom."
    Bishop Amfilohije, acting head of the Serb Orthodox church, said "the suffering of our people is continuing this morning in Mitrovica ... strongmen are continuing to kill our people."
    The Serbian Interior Ministry "raised the security level in the territory of Serbia to a higher level," the state news agency Tanjug quoted a ministry source as saying.
    In Belgrade, police reinforced protection at embassies and government buildings ahead of planned protests on the March 2004 anniversary. (Additional reporting by Fatos Bytyci, Shaban Buza; writing by Douglas Hamilton; Editing by Richard Balmforth)


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    Re: U.N. and NATO troops clash with Serbs in Kosovo

    It just seems to be getting to that boiling point near eruption. Do we have a CFer over there?


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    Re: U.N. and NATO troops clash with Serbs in Kosovo

    Quote Originally Posted by CycloneTony View Post
    It just seems to be getting to that boiling point near eruption. Do we have a CFer over there?
    Yes, we have at least one CF member in Kosovo, right now. I cannot recall exactly who it is, but I plan on looking up to see who it is, today.

    I have connections with KFOR, so I asked, and the American sector is peaceful, so far.

    My thoughts and prayers are with them.



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    Re: U.N. and NATO troops clash with Serbs in Kosovo

    Just did some additional looking, and CF member "J4state" is currently at Camp Bondsteel. He was training here last year, but I didn't get to meet him, because we didn't realize we were both CF members.



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    Re: U.N. and NATO troops clash with Serbs in Kosovo

    Wow, there are French troops, advantage Serbs.

    To be serious, that area is almost as much of a powder keg as the Middle East. There was one World War that started in that area, could another one erupt? How does a traditional ally of the Serbs, Russia, feel? I think we are in a very scary time right now.

    How much can the US do, how much should the US do? The US is spread pretty thin right now militarily. I pray for calmer heads to prevail and that there is no further escalation of violence.



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    Re: U.N. and NATO troops clash with Serbs in Kosovo

    Hello CF. The one month anniversary of independence was Monday and activity was expected but not to this degree. As it stands, the US controlled area (where I am currently stationed) in the East is safe and secure. The French sector to the North proves to be the hot spot of Kosovo. There has been a company of US soldiers (about 100) in the French camp since late November. I spent over 60 days up there until the end of January. The people aren't fond of KFOR in the North, especially Americans, for taking a leading role in assisting the Albanians the Kosovo independence. Right now I am part of the increased security on the borders and gates, as mentioned in the article. We are preventing attacks on gates and controlling what comes in. Thank you for your thoughts, CF.



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    Re: U.N. and NATO troops clash with Serbs in Kosovo

    Stay safe j4state!

    My thoughts and prayers are with you.



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    Re: U.N. and NATO troops clash with Serbs in Kosovo

    Nice to hear from you j4state! Keep up the good work and stay safe.



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    Re: U.N. and NATO troops clash with Serbs in Kosovo

    It makes sense that the north of Kosovo is where the clashes are occurring, its the area in the country where Serbs are actually the majority as well as the area the Serbs view as their ideological homeland. Since this is an ethnic conflict I would argue that Kosovo's boundaries should have been redrawn to keep the Serbs in Serbia and the ethnic Albanians in Kosovo. Sticking by clumsy old borders just tends to cause problems. See: Middle East & Africa.

    My argument aside its great to hear your safe j4state. Who did you ship over with? My girlfriend's dad is over in Kosovo as well with the National Guard out of Fort Dodge.



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    Re: U.N. and NATO troops clash with Serbs in Kosovo

    Thanks for the service j4state hope you are enjoying the food and pivo haha


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    Re: U.N. and NATO troops clash with Serbs in Kosovo

    Thanks for your support everybody. Four months and I'm back in Iowa enjoying ISU games again.



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    Re: U.N. and NATO troops clash with Serbs in Kosovo

    Quote Originally Posted by CycloneTony View Post
    Thanks for the service j4state hope you are enjoying the food and pivo haha
    I think j4state is in a "raki" area, and we all know he isn't the kind of guy who'd violate GO #1

    Pivo isn't bad, though.



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    Re: U.N. and NATO troops clash with Serbs in Kosovo

    Haha true since i met my fiancee ive gained 10 lbs all from cevapa and pita and all the torta good lord i wouldn't survive over there i swear


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