And now the Balkans heat up: Serbs and NATO Clash in Kosovo 6 wounded


by John Galt
June 1, 2012 05:30 ET


The warnings about the Balkans, not the PIIGS in general, being the flash point which could spark into a full fledged war have been ignored by both Europe and the American government yet the idea of business as usual marches on with our ignorant diplomatic corps. To make matters worse the failure to deal with the growing hostility between Greece and Turkey, especially over the Cyprus issue, is inviting a wider regional conflict that would engulf NATO and quite probably Israel and possibly Russia.


This morning the flash point sparked back into action again as six were wounded in a gunfight between Kosovo Serbs and NATO troops. Here is the link to the story and an excerpt from Reuters:


Kosovo Serbs and NATO troops clash in tense north


By Branislav Krstic and Fatos Bytyci


ZVECAN, Kosovo, June 1 (Reuters) – At least five Kosovo Serbs and a NATO soldier were wounded in a gunfight on Friday, as peacekeepers tried to dismantle Serb roadblocks blocking traffic, a Reuters witness said.


NATO troops known as KFOR fired tear gas and small arms and some protesters fired back with handguns.


Hundreds of Serbs confronted KFOR troops in armoured personnel carriers near a barricade just outside the town of Zvecan in a Serb-dominated northern area of Kosovo, pelting them with stones.


“One KFOR soldier has been wounded, has been evacuated and he is stable,” said NATO spokesperson in Kosovo Uwe Nowitzki.


“KFOR will respond in self-defence accordingly if that is necessary,” he said without giving further details.


(click on the link above to read the entire story)


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