The Chinese embassy in Belgrade after NATO bombed it
|Date||28 February 1998 - 11 June 1999|
|Interest of||Philip Crawley, Jamie Shea|
|Description||An armed conflict in Kosovo|
The Kosovo War was an armed conflict in Kosovo that started 28 February 1998 and lasted until 11 June 1999. It was fought by the forces of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (i.e. Serbia and Montenegro), which controlled Kosovo before the war, and the Kosovo Albanian rebel group known as the Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA). The conflict ended when the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) intervened by beginning air strikes in March 1999 which resulted in Yugoslav forces withdrawing from Kosovo.
The war and the lead-up to it was characterized by several war propaganda stories.
- The "Kosovo student poisoning" in 1990.
- Operation Horseshoe - a fake plan of alleged Serbian ethnic cleansing.
- The Račak massacre that never was.
- The propaganda term collateral damage was popularized by NATO spokesperson Jamie Shea.
- The mass exodus of Albanians when the war started was a psy-op to create international support for the NATO bombing campaign. The exodus was arranged by local clan leaders.
- Many of the international observers in the province before the war were CIA operatives marking bombing targets.
- The NATO bombing used depleted uranium both in Kosovo and Serbia proper, polluting the bombing sites with radioactivity for centuries.
- The bombing of the Chinese embassy in Belgrade, first explained as a mistake, turned out to be a deliberate act.
- The Kosovo mafia was allowed to run a large scale heroin smuggling network and other criminal rackets in Western Europe at least since the 1980s, to finance the armed independence movement (KLA).
- The 1999 Orderud killings in Norway might have a connection to the NATO intelligence support for KLA.
- International jihadist mercenary networks were used, establishing bases in Albania
- NATO intelligence services had extensive cooperation with international Islamist networks of holy warriors.
- The war led to the building of Camp Bondsteel a major US base.
- The Pristina airport standoff between Russian and NATO troops was one of the first operations Vladimir Putin directed.
- Kosovo's unilateral declaration of independence from Serbia, recognized by all NATO countries as an "exceptional case", changed international law. Russia soon started recognizing breakaway republics in Georgia and later in other places.