The “Kosovo War” 25 Years Ago


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US diplomat and OSCE mission chief, William Walker, visits the staged “Racak massacre” on 17 January 1999 (KK)

24 Mar 2024 – 25 Years Ago Today, NATO Started the Illegal Kosovo War against Serbia

NATO launched its illegal 78-day bombing campaign against Russian ally Serbia to take control of its Kosovo province. The war was based on a series of deceptions, such as the staged “Racak massacre” shown above: fallen KLA fighters were reclothed, rearranged, and passed off to the international media as executed civilians.

Today Kosovo is home to Camp Bondsteel, the largest military base built by the US in Europe since the Vietnam War, while almost half of the Kosovar population wants to leave the country. The US-backed independence of Kosovo in 2008 was an important precedent for the more recent Russian recognition and annexation of Crimea and the Donbass republics.

The world-renowned SPR Media Archive features several investigative documentaries about the Kosovo War, such as Moral Combat: NATO at War by the BBC and Kosovo War: It Began with a Lie by German public broadcaster WDR. See:


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