Today's Coming Crisis Movie

Friday, July 29, 2011

Kosovo peacekeepers "can use force if attacked" -- doesn't sound too peaceful, does it?

American and French peacekeepers were told to fire their weapons in defence if attacked at border posts on Kosovo's northern boundary with Serbia, a day after the crossings were set ablaze by Serbs armed with firebombs, a Nato spokesman said.

There have been days of mounting tension between ethnic Albanians and minority Serbs after Kosovo prime minister Hashim Thaci ordered special police units to take over two disputed border posts that were previously manned by Serb members of the police under EU supervision.

One Kosovo policeman died in the operation.

"We are in command of those places," Nato spokesman Captain Hans Wichter said. "If we are threatened, we have the right to use weapons." (more)