Wednesday, October 26, 2005

Gunmen fire on Kosovo Serb police car, no injuries

PRISTINA, Serbia and Montenegro, Oct 26 (Reuters) - Gunmen opened fire on a vehicle carrying four Kosovo Serb police officers on Wednesday in the latest such attack in a southern pocket of the United Nations-run province, police sources said.

No one was injured in the night-time shooting near the town of Kacanik, just north of the border with Macedonia.

It was the third attack in the area targeting Serb members of the police force in the past two months, raising fears of an organised campaign of violence as the majority Albanian province enters negotiations on its future.

"The car was hit but no one was injured," a police source told Reuters. "There were three male Serb officers and one female in the car," he said.

There are several hundred Serbs within Kosovo's 7,000-strong police service, which is supervised by a U.N. police force.

Legally part of Serbia, Kosovo has been run by the United Nations since 1999, when NATO bombing drove out Serbian forces accused of killing 10,000 Albanian civilians and expelling 800,000 more in a war against separatist guerrillas.

The U.N. Security Council launched negotiations on Monday on its "final status". Kosovo's 2 million ethnic Albanians, 90 percent of the population, demand independence, something Serbia and the 100,000 Serbs in the province reject.

U.N. officials and members of the NATO-led peace force in Kosovo have warned of an upsurge in violence as the province enters talks, viewed with bitterness by many Albanians who resent the prospect of negotiating with Belgrade.


Anonymous said...

Legally part of Serbia

Anonymous said...

Milosevic loyalists have hampered judicial efforts to deal with war crimes. This was confirmed by the fact that six of those detained were on active duty until their arrest.

Anonymous said...

Dude, Kosovo on paper is part of Yugoslavia, now Serbia-Montenegro. It is not part of Serbia. Both Montenegro and Kosovo want to be independent, that means there will be three independent states in the Balkans soon.

Anonymous said...

what the hell would a serb want to in kaçanik? there are some places in kosova that a serb should never ever travel, Gjakova, Drenicë, and Mitrovicë/a...these places were hit hard by serb criminals, i mean only in the street i lived 23 ppl were killed...and the "hood" wasnt that big

Anonymous said...

dude i cant wait for kosovo to become independent, yes it is the cradle of serb civilisation, the serb churches are the only things in kosovo that are worth anything, yet i would give all of them up for not (thank god) having to see albanians travel around serbia in their smelly outfits wearing black shoes with white socks anymore. i mean i cant explain to you what joy serbs feel when they fly to belgrade now and not have to share the same plane with hordes of albanian familes 12 or 13 of them at once, the women with their white headscarves and long skirts yelling at the kids, the kids dressed as snoop doggy dog wearing shirts they bought in their local 99cents store and the fathers wearing fake gold while grandpa sleeps with his shoes off (stinkin up the entire plane) and his little white egg shaped hat falling over his face. goodbye already please. serbia will finally win the battle with cancer and then u will be able to shot and kill each other over heroin and whores that u trade.

Anonymous said...


Associated Press Writer

October 26, 2005, 8:58 AM EDT

SKORENOVAC, Serbia-Montenegro -- Col. Zoltan Dani was behind one of the most spectacular losses ever suffered by the U.S. Air Force: the 1999 shooting down of an F-117A stealth fighter.

Now, for the first time since that night six years ago, the former Serbian commander of an anti-aircraft missile battery has consented to speak publicly to Western media about the circumstances surrounding the unprecedented downing of a U.S. stealth plane

The hit on the radar-evading plane on March 27, 1999, during the 78-day NATO campaign over Serbia, triggered doubts not only about the F-117s, but also about the entire concept of stealth technology on which the U.S. Air Force has based its newest generation of warplanes.

Military analysts debated how the planes would fare in a war against a militarily sophisticated opponent if an obsolescent air defense such as Serbia's could manage to track and destroy them.

In an interview this week with The Associated Press, Dani said the F-117 was detected and shot down during a moonless night -- just three days into the war -- by a Soviet-made SA-3 Goa surface-to-air missile.

"We used a little innovation to update our 1960s-vintage SAMs to detect the Nighthawk," Dani said. He declined to discuss specifics, saying the exact nature of the modification to the warhead's guidance system remains a military secret.

It involved "electromagnetic waves," was all that Dani -- who now owns a small bakery in this sleepy village just north of Belgrade -- would divulge.

The F-117 was developed in great secrecy in the 1970s. It entered service in 1983 but was not revealed officially until 1988. It saw its first combat in the 1989 invasion of Panama and was a star of the 1991 Gulf War.

"Long before the 1999 war, I took keen interest in the stealth fighter and on how it could be detected," said Dani, who has been hailed in Serbia as a war hero. "And I concluded that there are no invisible aircraft, but only less visible."

The F-117 was one of only two allied aircraft shot down in the war. The other was an F-16 fighter, which the U.S. Air Force said was also hit by an SA-3. Both pilots bailed out and were rescued by NATO helicopters.

Dani said his anti-aircraft missile regiment, tasked with the anti-aircraft defense of the Serbian capital, Belgrade, downed the F-16.

Several other NATO warplanes were damaged by missile hits but managed to struggle back to bases in neighboring Bosnia, Macedonia or Croatia. At least one is said to have ditched into the Adriatic Sea as it attempted to regain its base in Italy.

Despite NATO's near-total air supremacy, the alliance never succeeded in knocking out Dani's batteries.

The Serb SAMs remained a potent threat throughout the conflict, forcing attacking warplanes to altitudes above 15,000 feet, where they were safe from surface-to-air missiles but far less effective in a ground attack role.

NATO won the war in June 1999, after President Slobodan Milosevic decided to withdraw his largely intact army from Kosovo, following the destruction of numerous government buildings, bridges and other infrastructure targets throughout Serbia.

"The Americans entered the war a bit overconfident," Dani said. "They thought they could crush us without real resistance."

"At times, they acted like amateurs," Dani said, listing some ways the Serbs managed to breach NATO communications security, including eavesdropping on pilots' conversations with AWACS surveillance planes.

"I personally listened to their pilots' conversations, learning about their routes and bombing plans," Dani said.

Dani said that his unit has had annual reunions on every March 27 since 1999 when a cake in the shape of the F-117 is served.,0,849057.story?coll=sns-ap-world-headlines

Anonymous said...

here's the story told by b92 and u will see the big lie that will be fed to million dickhead serbs


















Kosovo police vehicle attacked | 12:47 October 27 | B92, TV Herc
PRISTINA -- Thursday – A Kosovo Police Service vehicle, in which four Serbian officers were driving, was attacked last night near the village of Doganovic.

The vehicle was fired upon at about 8 pm last night on the Urosevac-Strpce highway, four kilometres away from the spot in which two Serbian youths were shot and killed in late August. The four police officers of Serbian nationality in the vehicle were finishing their border patrol shift when attacked.

While the vehicle was hit with several bullets, all four of the officers made it back to the police station in Strpce with no injuries sustained.

KFOR troops arrived to the scene of the shooting later on and are investigating the case.

there were only 3 serbs and one international possibly UNMIK police officer in that car..not a serb

Anonymous said...

Yeah, 4 Serbs were reportedly in the car instead of 3 and an international when their car came under fire.

I can see the why the Albanian poster above thinks that the Serbs media lies.