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Old 15-08-2016, 10:00 PM   #93
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Documentary: "Why Zasto" - 1999 NATO bombing IN Yugoslavia..
The air strikes lasted from March 24, 1999 to June 10, 1999..Those who were involved in the NATO airstrikes have stood by the decision to take such action. U.S President Bill Clinton's Secretary of Defense, William Cohen, said, "The appalling accounts of mass killing in Kosovo and the pictures of refugees fleeing Serb oppression for their lives makes it clear that this is a fight for justice over genocide.".. On CBS' Face the Nation Cohen claimed, "We've now seen about 100,000 military-aged men missing. ... They may have been murdered."..Clinton, citing the same figure, spoke of "at least 100,000 (Kosovar Albanians) missing"... Later, Clinton said about Yugoslav elections, "they're going to have to come to grips with what Mr. MiloŇ°evi? ordered in Kosovo. ..They're going to have to decide whether they support his leadership or not; whether they think it's OK that all those tens of thousands of people were killed. ..."[ In the same press conference, Clinton also claimed "NATO stopped deliberate, systematic efforts at ethnic cleansing and genocide.".. Clinton compared the events of Kosovo to the Holocaust. CNN reported, "Accusing Serbia of 'ethnic cleansing' in Kosovo similar to the genocide of Jews in World War II, an impassioned Clinton sought Tuesday to rally public support for his decision to send U.S. forces into combat against Yugoslavia, a prospect that seemed increasingly likely with the breakdown of a diplomatic peace effort.".. President Clinton's State Department also claimed Serbian troops had committed genocide. The New York Times reported, "the Administration said evidence of 'genocide' by Serbian forces was growing to include 'abhorrent and criminal action' on a vast scale.. The language was the State Department's strongest up to that time in denouncing Yugoslav President Slobodan MiloŇ°evi?.".. The State Department also gave the highest estimate of dead Albanians..In May 1996, Defense Secretary William Cohen suggested that there might be up to 100,000 Albanian fatalities..The Clinton administration were accused of inflating the number of Kosovar Albanians killed by Serbians..The United Nations Charter does not allow military interventions in other sovereign countries with few exceptions which, in general, need to be decided upon by the United Nations Security Council..Amnesty International released a report which stated that NATO forces had deliberately targeted a civilian object..On May 7, NATO bombed the Chinese embassy in Belgrade, killing three Chinese journalists. NATO had aimed at a Yugoslav military target, but navigational errors led to the wrong building being targeted..

Warning sign about NATO cluster bombs near ski slopes at Kopaonik..

Throughout the war; 181 NATO strikes were reported against tanks, 317 against armored personnel vehicles, 800 against other military vehicles, and 857 against artillery and mortars, after a total of 38,000 sorties, or 200 sorties per day at the beginning of the conflict and over 1,000 at the end of the conflict..When it came to alleged hits, 93 tanks, 153 APCs, 339 other vehicles, and 389 artillery systems were believed to have been disabled or destroyed with certainty..The Yugoslav Air Force also sustained serious damage, with 121 aircraft destroyed..It was only in the later stages of the campaign that strategic targets such as bridges and buildings were attacked in any systematic way, causing significant disruption and economic damage..This stage of the campaign led to controversial incidents..Relatives of Italian soldiers believe 50 of them have died since the war due to their exposure to depleted uranium weapons..In 2000, a year after the bombing ended, Group 17 published a survey dealing with damage and economic restoration..

The first NATO troops to enter Pristina on the 12th of June 1999 were Norwegian special forces from FSK Forsvarets Spesialkommando and soldiers from the British Special Air Service 22 S.A.S, although to NATO's diplomatic embarrassment Russian troops arrived first at the airport..The Norwegian soldiers from FSK Forsvarets Spesialkommando were the first to come in contact with the Russian troops at the airport.. FSK's mission was to level the negotiating field between the belligerent parties, and to fine-tune the detailed, local deals needed to implement the peace deal between the Serbians and the Kosovo Albanians..During the initial incursion, the U.S. soldiers were greeted by Albanians cheering and throwing flowers as U.S. soldiers and KFOR rolled through their villages..Although no resistance was met, three U.S. soldiers from the Initial Entry Force lost their lives in Incidents..Following the military campaign, the involvement of Russian peacekeepers proved to be tense and challenging to the NATO Kosovo force..In 2010 James Blunt (born 22 February 1974) in an interview described how his unit was given the assignment of securing the Pristina in advance of the 30,000-strong peacekeeping force and the Russian army had moved in and taken control of the airport before his unit's arrival...'s people out here messing with us, and I'm not going to play with that..Let's not call him "the Captain," you illiterate TV people..Could it be the Blair Witch?..In days gone by were roasted...

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