Kosovo and U.S. Policy
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In 1998 and 1999, the United States and its NATO allies attempted to put an end to escalating violence between ethnic Albanian guerrillas and YugoslavSerb forces in Yugoslavias Kosovo province. These efforts culminated in a 78-day NATO bombing campaign Operation Allied Force against Serbia from March until June 1999, when then-Yugoslav leader Slobodan Milosevic agreed to withdraw his forces from the province. Since then, Kosovo has been governed by a combination of U.N. and local Kosovar governing structures. Until Kosovo s status is resolved, the U.N. Mission in Kosovo UNMIK, under the terms of U.N. Security Council Resolution 1244, retains ultimate political authority in the province. A NATO-led peacekeeping force, KFOR, is charged with providing a secure environment.
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