Counter Insurgency Operations in Kosovo
ARMY SERGEANTS MAJOR ACADEMY FORT BLISS TX FORT BLISS United States
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Counter Insurgency Operations conducted in Kosovo by Special Forces ODA 086 in conjunction with the Polish-Ukrainian Battalion underscores how quickly a Peacekeeping mission can turn into a COIN mission. Insurgent forces along the Macedonian border killed two international journalists and three civilians, prompting a relook at how coalition forces conducted operations in that area. The SFODA developed the situation over a two month time, resulting in the confirmation of active insurgent base camps, caches, defensive positions and smuggling routes in previously mined areas inside the Kosovo border. A British Soldier was killed when a reconnaissance vehicle struck a recently emplaced landmine, and a jointcombined patrol came under fire from Macedonian forces securing the border in spite of previous battlespace deconfliction.
- Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics
- Unconventional Warfare