Timeline Serbia 1998-1999

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1998        Jan 22, In Pristina ethnic Albanians clashed with Serbian police. There was one death and 2 were injured.
    (SFC, 1/24/98, p.A10)

1998        Feb 28, In Likoshan two Serbian police officers were killed. Police blamed the Kosovo Liberation Army. The Serbian SAJ, an anti-terrorist unit, was immediately called to the scene and rounded up 10 males who were summarily shot. Another 15 villagers were also killed.
    (SFC, 3/11/98, p.A8)

1998        Mar 1, Weekend clashes in Kosovo left 24 ethnic Albanians and 4 Serb policemen dead. Police arrested 5 people and seized weapons caches.
    (WSJ, 3/2/98, p.A1)(FT, 3/4/98, p.1)

1998        Mar 2, Serb police clashed with 30,000 protesting Albanians in Kosovo.
    (WSJ, 3/3/98, p.A1)

1998        Mar 3, A mass funeral of 30,000 was held for 24 ethnic Albanians killed Feb 28.
    (SFC, 3/11/98, p.A8)

1998        Mar 5, Serbian police mounted a counterinsurgency operation and killed 20 ethnic Albanians in the Drenica region of Kosovo.
    (SFC, 3/6/98, p.A13)

1998        Mar 6, Police in Kosovo reported that they killed Adem Jashari, a leader in the Kosovo Liberation Army, in Donji Prekaz in the Drenica region. 45 Albanians and 6 Serb police were reported dead. Of the 46 bodies 11 were women and 9 children. Six of the men were elderly.
    (SFC, 3/7/98, p.A6)(SFC, 3/10/98, p.A8)

1998        Mar 8, In Kosovo 7,000 Albanian women marched against the crackdown on separatist guerrillas.
    (SFC, 3/9/98, p.A10)

1998        Mar 9, An arms embargo was imposed on Yugoslavia by the US, Britain and other powers. It lasted until Sep 2001.
    (SFC, 3/25/98, p.C14)(SFC, 7/2/02, p.A6)

1998        Mar 10, In Kosovo Serbian police seized the bodies of 51 ethnic Albanians, killed in a sweep of separatists, and buried them into bulldozed over graves.
    (SFC, 3/11/98, p.A1)

1998        Mar 12, Serbian leaders proposed talks for autonomy in Kosovo, but residents dismissed the offer.
    (SFC, 3/13/98, p.A12)

1998        Mar 13, In Kosovo 40,000 ethnic Albanians protested against Serbia.
    (SFC, 3/14/98, p.A8)

1998        Mar 19, Pres. Milosevic agreed to pull back special police in Kosovo under a deadline by world powers.
    (SFC, 3/20/98, p.A12)

1998        Mar 21, Six members of the SF-based Peace workers group were arrested and sentenced to 10 days in jail in Kosovo for not reporting their presence to police. 3 were from the Bay Area. They were released Mar 23.
    (SFEC, 3/22/98, p.A1)(SFC, 3/23/98, p.A11)(SFC, 3/24/98, p.A10)

1998        Mar 22, Kosovo Albanians elected Ibrahim Rugova as president. Serb officials pronounced the elections meaningless.
    (SFC, 3/23/98, p.A9)

1998        Mar 23, Serbian and Albanian leaders agree to allow ethnic Albanians into the state university system in Kosovo.
    (SFC, 3/24/98, p.A10)

1998        Mar 24, In Kosovo Albanian separatists ambushed a police patrol and one policeman was killed.
    (SFC, 3/25/98, p.A10)

1998        Mar 25, Russia promised to support a comprehensive arms embargo against Yugoslavia, but did not support new sanctions urged by the US.
    (SFC, 3/26/98, p.B2)

1998        Mar 26, In Serbia Pres. Milosevic ordered several hundred additional police to Kosovo. Serbs protested the killing of a policeman and 2 ethnic Albanians were killed in a police counterattack.
    (SFC, 3/27/98, p.A12)(WSJ, 3/27/98, p.A1)

1998        Mar 31, The UN Security Council imposed a new arms embargo on Yugoslavia to press Milosevic to grant ethnic Albanians concessions in Kosovo.
    (SFC, 4/1/98, p.A8)(AP, Internet, 3/31/99)

1998        Apr 1, The local currency was devalued 45%. The dinar was devalued by 57.9%.
    (WSJ, 4/2/98, p.A1)(WSJ, 4/28/99, p.A18)

1998        Apr 22, Yugoslavian troops claimed to have killed 23 ethnic Albanian infiltrators in the border region in Kosovo.
    (SFC, 4/24/98, p.A16)

1998        Apr 23, The president of Montenegro, Milo Djukanovic, called for full autonomy for the Kosovo region.
    (SFC, 4/24/98, p.A16)

1998        Apr 27, In Kosovo the Yugoslav army clashed with ethnic Albanians and 3 insurgents were killed. Albanian reports said up to a dozen were slain and that none of them were militants.
    (SFC, 4/28/98, p.A8)

1998        Apr 29, The US and European powers decided to impose new sanctions and agreed to freeze the assets of Yugoslavia. A ban on investments would follow in 10 days if security police was not withdrawn from Kosova.
    (SFC, 4/30/98, p.A8)

1998        Apr, Ilir Konushevci, a KLA commander, was ambushed and killed outside Tropoja in northern Albania. He had recently accused Xhavit Haliti, a lieutenant of Hashim Thaci, of buying grenades for $2 and selling them to the KLA for $7.
    (SFC, 6/25/99, p.A12)

1998        May 1, A police raid in Drenica left 4 ethnic Albanians dead.
    (BS, 5/3/98, p.19A)

1998        May 3, Fighting began in the Kosovo village of Ponosevac and 10 ethnic Albanians were reported killed by Serbian police.
    (WSJ, 5/5/98, p.A1)

1998        May 6, Fighting in Kosovo continued. A Serb policeman and an ethnic Albanian separatist were killed. The bodies of 2 Albanians who backed Serb rule were pulled from a river and a local politician died in a third attack.
    (WSJ, 5/7/98, p.A1)

1998        May 9, The leading Group of Eight industrialized countries imposed an investment ban on Serbia and froze and froze the assets abroad of Serbia and Montenegro due to conditions in Kosovo. The sanctions did not go into effect because Serbia began talks with ethnic Albanians in Kosovo.
    (SFEC, 5/10/98, p.A13)(WSJ, 5/19/98, p.A1)

1998        May 13, In Kosovo Serbian police clashed with ethnic Albanians and 2 ethnic Albanians were reported killed in Pristina. The police had found the site of the attack to be loaded with weapons.
    (SFC, 5/13/98, p.A13)

1998        May 15, Serbian police began to turn back truckers in a blockade of Kosovo. Shortage of critical food supplies soon developed.
    (SFC, 5/20/98, p.C16)   

1998        May 18, In Yugoslavia lawmakers loyal to Pres. Slobodan Milosevic voted to oust Prime Minister Radoje Kontic, after he refused to clamp down on reformist leaders in Montenegro.
    (SFC, 5/19/98, p.A12)

1998        May 19, In Serbia Pres. Milosevic named Momir Bulatovic as federal prime minister. Montenegroís parliament said it did not recognize the ouster of Radoje Kontic and that it would no recognize any laws of the federal government.
    (SFC, 5/20/98, p.A12)

1998        May 22, A joint peacekeeping force was set up by 7 European nations to maintain peace in Kosovo. Deputy defense ministers of Albania, Bulgaria, Macedonia, Greece, Italy, Romania and Turkey signed on after meeting in Tirana. Slovenia and the US signed on as observers.
    (SFC, 5/23/98, p.A14)

1998        May 29, Pres. Milosevic imposed large licensing fees on radio and TV stations and denied permits to dozens of opposition broadcasters. Control of the autonomous state universities was also undertaken.
    (SFC, 5/30/98, p.A3)
1998        May 29, In Kosovo a Serb policeman was killed and another wounded in the Decani region. A 3-day Serb offensive began that left over 60 ethnic Albanians dead in Vranoc and other villages in the area.
    (SFC, 5/30/98, p.A11)(SFC, 7/16/98, p.A10)

1998        Jun 1, Refugees from Kosovo poured into Albania to escape fighting that began last week around Decani. 39 people were reported dead.
    (WSJ, 6/2/98, p.A3)

1998        Jun 3, Special Serbian forces reported 40 people killed in a 5-day operation in Kosovo.
    (SFC, 6/4/98, p.A10)

1998        Jun 4, In Pristina, Serbia, the Kosovo Albanians withdrew from negotiations with Serbia due to the new Serbian offensive.
    (SFC, 6/5/98, p.D2)

1998        Jun 7, Pres. Milosevic agreed to allow diplomatic observers to enter and move about in Kosovo.
    (SFC, 6/8/98, p.A10)

1998        Jun 14, In Kosovo the fighting intensified as Serbs launched 500 grenades into villages in western Kosovo..
    (SFC, 6/15/98, p.A1)(WSJ, 6/15/98, p.A1)

1998        Jun 15, US F-16 fighter jets took off as part of a 13-nation, 85 warplane show of force over Albania and Macedonia. Meanwhile Serb forces attacked 4 Kosovo villages with grenades and helicopter gunships and began sealing off the border to Albania.
    (SFC, 6/15/98, p.A1)(WSJ, 6/15/98, p.A1)(SFC, 6/16/98, p.A1)(WSJ, 6/16/98, p.A1)(SFC, 6/20/98, p.B2)

1998        Jun 16, In Serbia Pres. Milosevic agreed to allow monitors into Kosovo and to begin talks with Kosovo Albanian leaders, but not to withdraw his military forces until "terrorist activities subside."
    (WSJ, 6/17/98, p.A1)

1998        Jun 17, Serb troops killed at least 10 Albanians they said were trying to cross the border into Kosovo.
    (WSJ, 6/18/98, p.A1)

1998        Jun 20, In Kosovo 3 Serbian police were killed and four were held by the Kosovo separatist army during fighting in the Decani area.
    (SFEC, 6/21/98, p.A25)

1998        Jun 22, In Kosovo ethnic Albanians kidnapped 3 Serbs and took over the mine pit at Belacevac.
    (WSJ, 6/23/98, p.A1)(SFC, 6/30/98, p.A8)

1998        Jun 29, Serbian troops opened a series of attacks in Kosovo in the mining town of Belacevac and Lapushnik.
    (SFC, 6/30/98, p.A8)

1998        Jun 30, Serbian forces recaptured the Kosovo coal mine at Belacevac.
    (SFC, 7/1/98, p.A8)

1998        Jul 3, Serbian forces in Kosovo broke through a stone blockade near Kijevo.
    (SFC, 7/4/98, p.A8)

1998        Jul 4, Fresh fighting erupted outside Suva Reka, a region with 60,000 residents.
    (SFEC, 7/5/98, p.A17)

1998        Jul 8, The US and European countries demanded an immediate cease fire in Kosovo and called for a crackdown on the flow of funds to ethnic Albanian rebels.
    (SFC, 7/9/98, p.A10)

1998        Jul 11, Serbian soldiers killed four Albanian arms smugglers and seized anti-tank mines.
    (SFC, 7/11/98, p.A11)

1998        Jul 18, The Yugoslav army claimed that 30 rebels were killed while infiltrating from Albania. A 4-day battle began at Orahovac and the bodies of 58 ethnic Albanians were buried. It was later alleged that most were buried in a mass grave at an alleged garbage dump.
    (SFEC, 7/19/98, p.A6)(SFC, 8/6/93, p.A14)

1998        Jul 19, In Kosovo, Yugoslavia, Albanian separatists claimed to have take the town of Orahovac with 20,000 residents. Serbs forces denied the claim.
    (SFEC, 7/20/98, p.A10)

1998        Jul 21, Serbian forces forced the Kosovo Liberation Army out of Orahovac. The rebels and some 15,000 refugees fled northeast to the city of Malisevo.
    (SFC, 7/22/98, p.A10)

1998        Jul 25, Serb forces attacked rebel positions in Kosovo to clear major roads.
    (SFC, 7/27/98, p.A8)

1998        Jul 26, Serb military action in the villages of Srednja Klina and Hgornja Klina near Srbica left 3 elderly people shot to death and 2 others wounded.
    (SFC, 7/27/98, p.A8)

1998        Jul 31, In Kosovo refugees fled Serb attacks one day after Serbia declared that the military offensive was over.
    (SFC, 8/1/98, p.A10)

1998        Aug 2, Serbian forces, shelling rebel position and burning villages, pushed back Albanian separatists on 3 fronts.
    (SFC, 8/3/98,  p.A8)

1998        Aug 6, NATO set exercises in Albania for Aug 17-22 to show force against the Serb offensive in Kosovo.
    (WSJ, 8/7/98, p.A1)

1998        Aug 8, Slobodan Milijkovic, a Serb wanted by the Intíl. War Crimes Tribunal, was shot and killed by a policeman along with 2 others following insults at an outdoor cafe in Belgrade. Milijkovic, a suspected member of the Chetnicks ultra-nationalist paramilitary unit, had rejected responsibility and said politicians were to blame for the war.
    (SFEC, 8/9/98, p.A17)

1998        Aug 10, In Kosovo ethnic Albanians reportedly killed 10 police officers. 3 KLA rebels were also reported killed.
    (SFC, 8/11/98, p.A10)

1998        Aug 13, Ibrahim Rugova formed a delegation to begin talks with Pres. Milosevic.
    (SFC, 8/15/98, p.A16)

1998        Aug 14, Adem Demaci agreed to take the leadership of the political wing of the KLA.
    (SFC, 8/15/98, p.A16)

1998        Aug 15, Serbian forces seized the Kosovo rebel town of Junik
    (SFC, 8/17/98, p.A8)

1998        Aug 17-22, NATO exercises began in Albania.
    (WSJ, 8/7/98, p.A1)

1998        Aug 27, In Kosovo a Serb shell was said to have killed 11 of 14 members of the Asllani family fleeing the village of Grape outside of Pristina.
    (WSJ, 8/28/98, p.A1)(SFC, 8/28/98, p.D4)

1998        Sep 2, Serb forces in Kosovo pressed attacks in the town of Prizren.
    (WSJ, 9/3/98, p.A1)

1998        Sep 8, Serb forces opened an offensive on Kosovoís border with Albania and 2 people were reported killed in Prilep.
    (WSJ, 9/9/98, p.A1)

1998        Sep 9, In Kosovo some 25,000 civilians streamed out of the southwest as Serbian forces shelled their villages.
    (SFC, 9/10/98, p.A13)
1998        Sep 9, Pres. Clinton released $20 million in aid for the refugees in Kosovo.
    (SFC, 9/11/98, p.D3)

1998        Sep 16, Serb forces in Kosovo attacked 12 villages between Mitrovica and Podujevo, 20 miles north of Pristina.
    (SFC, 9/17/98, p.A15)

1998        Sep 21, Ahmet Krasniqi, a form Yugoslav colonel, was killed. He was the commander of the Armed Forces of the Kosovo Republic and his murder was reportedly ordered by KLA commander Hashim Thaci.
    (SFC, 6/25/99, p.A12)

1998        Sep 22, In Kosovo Serbian troops began an offensive against the last of stronghold of ethnic Albanian separatists. Many rebels were reported killed.
    (SFC, 9/23/98, p.A10)

1998        Sep 23, The UN adopted a resolution calling for an immediate cease-fire in Kosovo.
    (SFC, 9/24/98, p.A12)

1998        Sep 24, NATO instructed its generals to begin preparing for air strikes on Yugoslavia unless pres. Milosevic ends his attacks on ethnic Albanians.
    (SFC, 9/25/98, p.A12)

1998        Sep 26, In Kosovo the Yugoslav army and Serbian police shot and killed 15 women, children and elderly of the Deliaj clan in Gornji Obrinje. Three men were burned to death and 3 more villagers were killed in nearby Donji Obrinje.
    (SFC, 9/30/98, p.A1)

1998        Sep 27, Serbian troops bombarded and burned villages in southern Kosovo.
    (SFC, 9/28/98, p.A10)

1998        Sep, Stevan Todorovic, a former police chief in the Bosnian town of Bosanski Samac, was abducted from his vacation home in Serbia and smuggled to Bosnia where he was later arrested by Nato troops. Serbia convicted 9 men for the abduction in 2000.
    (SFC, 12/12/00, p.B2)

1998        Oct 1, The UN sent a new warning to Pres. Milosevic of Serbia over the atrocities in Kosovo. Seeking to head off threatened NATO attacks, Yugoslavia's Serb leadership invited foreign experts to investigate massacres in Kosovo.
    (SFC, 10/2/98, p.A1)(AP, 10/1/99)

1998        Oct 7, In Serbia Milosevicís government began preparing for a NATO attack.
    (SFC, 10/8/98, p.A12)

1998        Oct 8, In Kosovo, Serbia, ethnic Albanian rebels declared a unilateral cease-fire.
    (SFC, 10/9/98, p.A12)

1998        Oct 9, US diplomats met twice with Yugoslav Pres. Milosevic to resolve the crises in Kosovo and avert a NATO attack.
    (SFC, 10/10/98, p.A8)

1998        Oct 12, Yugoslav Pres. Milosevic agreed to withdraw troops from Kosovo and allow intíl. verification as NATO authorized air strikes if he does not comply.
    (SFC, 10/13/98, p.A1)

1998        Oct 13, Serbian authorities announced that elections will be held in Kosovo under intíl. supervision next year.
    (SFC, 10/14/98, p.A1)

1998        Oct 14, In Serbia police shut down the Danas newspaper, as well as the independent Dvevni Telegraph in Belgrade. NATO positioned warplanes in Italy for a possible attack.
    (SFC, 10/15/98, p.A12)

1998        Oct 16, Serbian Pres. Milosevic was given an additional 10 days to withdraw forces from Kosovo and comply with UN demands.
    (SFC, 10/17/98, p.A1)

1998        Oct 22, In Kosovo 4 refugees, that included 3 children, were killed trying to cross the Albanian border. Pres. Milosevic claimed that he had met NATO demands to pull Serb forces out of Kosovo.
    (WSJ, 10/23/98, p.A1)(SFC, 10/24/98, p.A10)

1998        Oct 23, In Kosovo 4 people were killed trying to cross into Albania when they stepped on mines.
    (SFC, 10/24/98, p.A10)

1998        Oct 25, NATO generals left Belgrade with more assurances from Pres. Milosevic that enough forces will be withdrawn by the 27th deadline to avoid air strikes.
    (SFC, 10/26/98, p.A6)

1998        Oct 26, In Kosovo Serb forces appeared to be withdrawing under the threat of NATO air strikes.
    (SFC, 10/27/98, p.B1)

1998        Oct 27, Serb forces drew back from former Kosovo battlefronts, holding off the immediate threat of NATO airstrikes.
    (AP, 10/27/99)

1998        Nov 6, In Kosovo 5 ethnic Albanians were killed in a shootout with Serbian police after they left a meeting with US diplomat Chris Hill at Dragobil. Two others were killed the day before.
    (SFC, 11/7/98, p.A13)(SFC, 12/10/98, p.C9)

1998        Nov 10, Serbia took control of Radio Index, a student-run radio station. Also police raided the Dnevni Telegraf Daily newspaper and impounded 100,000 copies for failure to pay a $120,000 fine for breaching a restrictive media law.
    (SFC, 11/11/98, p.D4)

1998        Nov 18, Pres. Milan Milutinovic rejected a US blueprint for the future of Kosovo, saying that it gave too much power to the ethnic Albanians.
    (SFC, 11/19/98, p.A12)

1998        Nov 25, The state Tanjug news reported that Pres. Milosevic replaced Geníl. Momcilo Perisic with his deputy Geníl. Lt. Dragoljub Ojdanic.
    (SFC, 11/26/98, p.B5)

1998        Dec 3, Yugoslav border guards killed 8 ethnic Albanians as they tried to cross the border into Kosovo. In Pristina Hizri Talla, a senior guerrilla commander was killed along with Kosovar journalist Afrim Maliqi and student Ilir Durmishi.
    (WSJ, 12/3/98, p.A1)(SFC, 12/10/98, p.C9)

1998        Dec 14, In Kosovo Serbian border guards killed 31 ethnic Albanian guerrillas on the Albanian border.
    (SFC, 12/15/98, p.A14)(WSJ, 12/15/98, p.A1)
1998        Dec 14, In Pec masked Albanian rebels opened fire in the Panda barroom and killed 6 young Kosovo Serbs.
    (SFC, 12/17/98, p.C2)(SFC, 12/18/98, p.D4)

1998        Dec 17, Serbian police attacked a suspected rebel-controlled village in Kosovo. Two ethnic Albanian fighters were killed and 34 were arrested in Glodjane.
    (SFC, 12/18/98, p.D4)

1998        Dec 18, In Kosovo, Serbia, Zvonko Bojanic, district mayor of Kosovo Polje, was found severely beaten and shot between the eyes.
    (SFC, 12/19/98, p.A6)

1998        Dec 21, In Kosovo, Serbia, Milic Jovic (52), a Serbian police officer, was shot and killed in Podujevo.
    (SFC, 12/22/98, p.C2)

1998        Dec 22, The government merged 11 small media houses into one unit controlled by the state-run daily Borba. This ended the publication of Ekonomska Politika, Yugoslavia's only economic weekly.
    (SFC, 12/23/98, p.C2)

1998        Dec 24, In Podujevo, Yugoslavia, Serb forces used tanks and armored vehicles against separatist guerrillas breaking a 2-month cease fire.
    (SFC, 12/25/98, p.A15)

1998        Dec 25, In Serbia US diplomats in Kosovo persuaded army officers to pull back some of their forces.
    (SFC, 12/26/98, p.A8)

1998        Dec 29, In Kosovo 5 Albanians died in fighting with Serb police as NATO repeated threats of airstrikes. A group of US senators proposed to offer Milosevic sanctuary in a 3rd nation if he would step down.
    (WSJ, 12/30/98, p.A1)

1998        Noel Malcolm published "Kosovo: A Short History," a history of the troubled region and Albania. Malcolm earlier wrote "Bosnia: A Short History."
    (WSJ, 5/5/98, p.A20)(SFEC, 9/6/98, BR p.8)

1998        The Yugoslavia film "The Wounds" was directed by Srdjan Dragojevic. It was about 2 Belgrade teenage buddies who represent the chaos of Yugoslavia.
    (SFEC, 4/11/99, p.36)

1999        Jan 6, Nebojsa Denic, a Serbian security guard, was killed by ethnic Albanian rebels during an attack on a power plant outside of Pristina.
    (SFC, 1/8/99, p.A16)

1999        Jan 8, In Kosovo ethnic Albanians killed 3 Serbian police officers in separate ambushes. Ethnic Albanians also seized 8 Yugoslav soldiers.
    (SFC, 1/9/99, p.A9)(SFC, 1/12/99, p.A8)

1999        Jan 11, In Kosovo Enver Maloku, the head of the Kosovo Information Center, was shot and killed by 3 assassins in Pristina.
    (SFC, 1/12/99, p.A8)

1999        Jan 13, In Kosovo rebels freed 8 Yugoslav soldiers after getting private incentives from int'l. officials.
    (SFC, 1/14/99, p.A11)

1999        Jan 15, In Kosovo Yugoslav army units killed 15 Albanian rebels. Later reports indicated that 45 Albanians were massacred at Racak.
    (SFC, 1/16/99, p.A10)(SFC, 1/22/99, p.A10)

1999        Jan 16, In Kosovo 45 ethnic Albanians were found massacred at Racak. It was later reported that the killing was ordered by senior Serbian officials, who attempted to orchestrate a coverup.
    (SFEC, 1/17/99, p.A1)(SFC, 1/22/99, p.A10)(SFC, 1/28/99, p.A1)

1999        Jan 18, In Serbia Pres. Milosevic ordered the expulsion of Ambassador William Walker within 48 hours. Walker had accused Serbian forces in the recent massacre of 45 people in Kosovo.
    (SFC, 1/19/99, p.A1)

1999        Jan 19, In Serbia Gen'l. Wesley Clark and Gen'l. Klaus Naumann met with Pres. Milosevic and threatened him with NATO airstrikes due to the massacre of ethnic Albanians in Kosovo.
    (SFEC, 4/18/99, p.A3)

1999        Jan 20, NATO moved forces within striking distance of Yugoslavia and warned Belgrade to stop its repression in Kosovo.
    (WSJ, 1/21/99, p.A15)

1999        Jan 21, Yugoslav Pres. Milosevic postponed the expulsion of US envoy William Walker.
    (SFC, 1/22/99, p.A10)

1999        Jan 23, The Yugoslav government released 9 ethnic Albanians, captured Dec 14, while the KLA released 5 elderly Serbian civilians, captured Jan 21.
    (SFEC, 1/24/99, p.A20)

1999        Jan 25, In Rakovina, Kosovo 5 ethnic Albanians, including 2 children, were found riddled with bullets.
    (SFC, 1/26/99, p.A12)

1999        Jan 27, The Clinton administration announced a plan to end fighting in Kosovo. It called for NATO air strikes if autonomy to the region is not accepted by Pres. Milosevic.
    (SFC, 1/28/99, p.A12)

1999        Jan 28, NATO allies warned Pres. Milosevic that they were ready to use immediate force, and Britain and France said they were prepared to send in ground troops to enforce a peace settlement in Kosovo.
    (SFEC, 4/18/99, p.A3)

1999        Jan 29, The US and major European allies set Feb 19 as a deadline for Serbia to accept a peace plan in Kosovo or face NATO bombing.
    (SFC, 1/30/99, p.A1)
1999        Jan 29, In Kosovo Serbian police killed 24 ethnic Albanians following the death of one Serbian officer.
    (SFC, 1/30/99, p.A10)

1999        Feb 2, In Kosovo members of the KLA agreed to attend peace talks in France.
    (SFC, 2/3/99, p.A9)

1999        Feb 3, In Kosovo members of the KLA demanded that peace talks include a guaranteed vote for independence.
    (SFC, 2/4/99, p.A10)

1999        Feb 5, Serbian authorities refused to grant re-entry travel documents to  Albanian guerrilla members for the peace conference in Paris. The 13 Serbian negotiators appointed by Milosevic said they would not sit down with members of the KLA.
    (SFC, 2/6/99, p.A10)

1999        Feb 6, In Paris the 16-member Albanian delegation sat down with the 13-member Serbian delegation at Rambouillet. Robin Cook, British foreign secretary, co-chaired the talks designed to last a maximum of 2 weeks. The Albanians were to be asked to accept less autonomy in exchange for protection by NATO ground troops.
    (SFEC, 2/7/99, p.A17)(SFC, 2/8/99, p.A10)

1999        Feb 7, Delegates at the Kosovo peace talks agreed on principles that would keep the province within Yugoslavia for at least 3 more years.
    (WSJ, 2/8/99, p.A1)
1999        Feb 7, Serbian police seized ICN Pharmaceuticals in Belgrade.
    (WSJ, 2/8/99, p.A1,19)

1999        Feb 10, In Kosovo Serbian authorities returned the bodies of 40 civilian Albanians who were killed at Racak.
    (SFC, 2/11/99, p.A14)

1999        Feb 14, In Kosovo a bomb explosion in Urosevac wounded at least 9 people. Serbian police rounded up about 40 independence activist Albanians.
    (SFC, 2/15/99, p.A8)
1999        Feb 14, In Rambouillet, France, Madeline Albright brought together the Serb and Albanian sides in the Kosovo peace talks and the talks were extended one week. The plan for a 3-year interim settlement included a NATO force of some 25,000 troops, who would collect the weapons of the Albanian rebels. In the plan the KLA was given 120 days to surrender its arms.
    (SFC, 2/15/99, p.A8)(WSJ, 6/16/99, p.A20)

1999        Feb 20, In France the peace talks between Serbs and ethnic Albanians of Kosovo were extended for 2 days.
    (SFEC, 2/21/99, p.A1)

1999        Feb 23, In France the Kosovo Albanians agreed in principle to a peace settlement but asked for 2 more weeks for consultations at home.
    (SFC, 2/24/99, p.A1)

1999        Feb 24, In Kosovo ethnic Albanians planned a provisional government, but Adem Demaci, a leader in the rebel army, said that he would not recognize it.
    (SFC, 2/25/99, p.A10)

1999        Mar 1, About this time Serb municipal and police officials provided paramilitaries lists with the names and assets of wealthy Albanians and lists of people slated for execution. At least 5 paramilitary groups were in operation and included Arkan's Tigers led by Zeljko Raznatovic and Frenki's Boys led by Franko Simatovic. In 2013 Simatovic and Jovica Stanisic, allies of Pres. Milosevic, were acquitted of setting up and arming Serb paramilitary gangs in Bosnia and Croatia during the Balkan wars.
    (WSJ, 9/1/99, p.A18)(SFC, 5/31/13, p.A3)

1999        Mar 2, In Kosovo KLA leader Adem Demaci announced that he would step down but would continue to oppose the peace plan. Meanwhile Yugoslav tank and mortar fire pounded rebel positions in the hillsides of the Macedonian border. Demaci was replaced by Hashim Thaci (29).
    (SFC, 3/3/99, p.A8)(SFC, 3/4/99, p.A12)

1999        Mar 3, In Kosovo the KLA reverted to its earlier guerrilla tactics and killed 2 Serbians.
    (SFC, 3/5/99, p.D3)

1999        Mar 8, Kosovo KLA leaders agreed to accept a peace plan but commander Ramush Hajredinaj insisted that they would not give up their arms.
    (SFC, 3/9/99, p.A12)

1999        Mar 9, Serb tanks attacked ethnic Albanian villages near Macedonia.
    (WSJ, 3/10/99, p.A1)

1999        Mar 10, In Serbia Pres. Milosevic met with Richard Holbrooke and stood firm against NATO troops in his country.
    (SFC, 3/11/99, p.A10)

1999        Mar 11, In Kosovo fighting spread as Yugoslav forces shelled villages near Prizren.
    (SFC, 3/12/99, p.A14)

1999        Mar 13, In Kosovo 2 bombs struck in Podujevo and 1 in Kosovska Mitrovica killing 6 people and wounding 58. The state TV blamed the Albanians, who in turn blamed the Serbs.
    (SFEC, 3/14/99, p.A17)

1999        Mar 14, In Kosovo heavy fighting preceded the resumption of peace talks in Paris.
    (SFC, 3/15/99, p.A1)

1999        Mar 15, In Kosovo the ethnic Albanians gave a written pledge to sign a peace proposal.
    (SFC, 3/16/99, p.A8)

1999        Mar 16, In Kosovo Serbia moved in heavy tanks and thousands more troops as their negotiators insisted on major changes in the Paris peace talks.
    (SFC, 3/17/99, p.A8)

1999        Mar 18, In Paris the ethnic Albanians signed the peace proposal, which the Serbian delegation rejected.
    (SFC, 3/19/99, p.A12)

1999        Mar 20, Serb forces in Kosovo launched a new offensive along a 20-mile arc west and northwest of Pristina.
    (SFEC, 3/21/99, p.A1)

1999        Mar 21, On the 2nd day of Serb attacks against Kosovo, envoy Richard Holbrooke met with Pres. Milosevic with serious threats of NATO air strikes.
    (SFC, 3/22/99, p.A1)

1999        Mar 22, Serb attacks on ethnic Albanians continued after envoy Richard Holbrooke failed to convince Pres. Milosevic to stop.
    (WSJ, 3/23/99, p.A1)

1999        Mar 23, In Pristina the Koha Ditore, Kosovo's leading Albanian newspaper run by Baton Haxhiu, was violently closed down and a security guard was killed. Haxhiu fled to Macedonia and planned to reopen his paper from there.
    (SFC, 4/15/99, p.A12)

1999        Mar 24, In Serbia NATO forces sent a broad wave of air attacks against Yugoslav forces in an attempt to halt the Serbian offensive in Kosovo. Cruise missiles and planes targeted military sites near Belgrade and some 40 sites in total. Initial reports said 10 people were killed and 38 wounded in the bombing. The airstrikes marked the first time in its 50-year existence that NATO had ever attacked a sovereign country. NATOís 78-day bombing ended on June 10.
    (SFC, 3/25/99, p.A1)(WSJ, 3/25/99, p.A1)(SFC, 3/26/99, p.A6)(AP, 3/24/00)(Econ, 5/23/09, p.51)

1999        Mar 24-1999 May 7, In Djakovica some 140 ethnic Albanians were killed and buried.
    (SFC, 7/1/99, p.A1,16)

1999        Mar 25, NATO forces struck Serbian air defenses and other sites as Serb forces stepped up their efforts to crush resistance in Kosovo. The village of Goden was burned by Serb forces and 174 residents were forced to leave. 20 men were kept back and presumed killed.
    (SFC, 3/26/99, p.A1)(SFEC, 4/4/99, p.A1,8)
1999        Mar 25, Some 70 men were reported massacred at the village Bellacerk in Kosovo. In the village of Velika Krusa 14 ethnic Albanians were killed and burned by Serb police and paramilitaries. Selami Elshani played dead escaped to tell the story.  Investigators in Bela Crkva later found the bodies of 12 people including 7 children, all shot in the back of the head, killed during the rampage. Serb paramilitaries along with the Serb army attacked the village of Krushe e Vogel, 90 km (55 miles) southwest of Pristina.
    (SFC, 4/6/99, p.A8)(SFEC, 4/18/99, p.1,4)(AP, 4/26/18)
1999        Mar 25, In Nerodimlje, Kosovo, 8 male members of the Berisha family were executed in front of a wall by a Serb gunman.
    (SFC, 6/21/99, p.A8)
1999        Mar 25, In Kosovo Serbian police officers took away Bajram Kelmendi, a human rights lawyer, and his 2 sons. Their bodies were found the next day.
    (SFEC, 3/28/99, p.A17)

1999        Mar 25-1999 Mar 26, In Celine 11 children aged 2-16 were killed by Serbian forces. Their corpses were uncovered Jul 13. Graves of 119 people from Celine and Nagafc were also  found.
    (SFC, 7/14/99, p.A6)

1999        Mar 26, American-led NATO forces launched a third night of airstrikes against Yugoslavia and 2 MiG-29 fighters were shot down as Serbian troops continued to sweep ethnic Albanian villages in Kosovo.
    (SFC, 3/27/99, p.A1)(AP, 3/26/00)
1999        Mar 26, Serbian forces rounded up ethnic Albanian villages in Krushe e Vogel, Kosovo. Serb forces herded 114 men and boys into a barn, including a disabled man whose wheelchair was used to block one of the exits. The Serbs then riddled the barn with bullets from automatic weapons before torching it and all those inside. In 2011 a UN court sentenced former Serbian police chief Vlastimir Djordjevic to 27 years in prison for orchestrating the murder of hundreds of ethnic Albanians. In 2018 a Kosovo prosecutor brought war crime charges against a Serb man (D.T.) his role in the Krushe e Vogel attack.
    (SSFC, 9/8/02, p.F1)(AP, 2/23/11)(AP, 4/26/18)

1999        Mar 27, NATO expanded its air assault on Yugoslavia in the 4th straight day of attacks. A $42 million US F-117A stealth fighter was downed over Yugoslavia during continued NATO airstrikes. The American pilot was rescued by US forces. The wreckage was later believed to have been sold. In 2005 it was reported that Col. Zoltan Dani of Serbia was behind the shooting down of the stealth fighter. Dani said the F-117 was detected and shot down during a moonless night, just three days into the war, by a Soviet-made SA-3 Goa surface-to-air missile.
    (SFEC, 3/28/99, p.A1,16)(SFC, 9/17/99, p.A10)(AP, 3/27/00)(AP, 10/26/05)
1999        Mar 27, Serbian troops ordered villagers of Mamusa, Kosovo, to drive refugees to the border. 3 Turks and 4 ethnic Albanians were killed and 30 houses were burned.
    (SFC, 3/12/02, p.A10)

1999        Mar 28, An American Stealth F117 Nighthawk is shot down over northern Yugoslavia during the NATO air strikes against Serbs attacking Kosovo.
    (HN, 3/28/00)   
1999        Mar 28, NATO broadened its attacks on Yugoslavia to target Serb military forces in Kosovo in the fifth straight night of airstrikes. UN officials reported that some 500,000 ethnic Albanians had fled Kosovo. NATO officials raised the possibility of using ground troops in Yugoslavia as low-level strikes against tanks began. It was feared that anger over the war would spill over to Bosnia.
    (SFC, 3/29/99, p.A1,10)(AP, 3/28/00)
1999        Mar 28, The notorious Scorpions unit stormed the northern Kosovo town of Podujevo. In 2004 a Belgrade court convicted Sasa Cvjetan, a member of the unit, of killing 14 ethnic Albanian civilians, mostly women and children. The verdict was overturned but in 2005 a re-trial confirmed his guilt and 20-year sentence. In 2008 four members of the Scorpions paramilitary group were tried by a Belgrade court for allegedly gunning down 19 civilians in Podujevo. On June 18, 2009, they were convicted sentenced to between 15 and 20 years in prison. 
    (AP, 6/17/05)(AP, 12/11/08)(AP, 6/18/09)(www.hlc-rdc.org/Saopstenja/1712.en.html)
1999        Mar 28, Muhamet Bajrahtar, an American citizen from Chicago, was shot by Serbian police near Glokovce, Kosovo. He died 2 days later. He was in Kosovo to help bring out his family, who used his documents and made it to the US 2 months later.
    (SFEC, 5/23/99, p.A24)

1999        Mar 29, Albania and Macedonia appealed for help as thousands of refugees fled Kosovo on the 6th day of bombing. NATO said Serbs were targeting ethnic Albanian leadership for executions and the US accused Milosevic of "crimes against humanity."
    (WSJ, 3/30/99, p.A1)

1999        Mar 30, In Serbia Pres. Milosevic said in a meeting with Premier Primakov of Russia that he would resume peace talks if allied bombing stops. The US called the offer "woefully inadequate." NATO moved to step up the air war and Serbian forces continued unopposed in Kosovo as refugees streamed out.
    (WSJ, 3/31/99, p.A1)
1999        Mar 30, Serbian forces in Qysk yanked Arif Mazrekaj and 70 other men from a column of refugees leaving Kosovo. Mazrekaj's body was later found at the bottom of a well.
    (SFC, 8/28/99, p.A12)

1999        Mar 31, Three peacekeeping US soldiers were captured by Serb forces near the Yugoslav-Macedonia border. James Stone, Stevem Gonzales and Andrew Martinez were shown on Serbian TV. Azen Syla, founder of the KLA, said that his guerrilla supply lines from Albania were cut off when the bombing began. Yugoslav soldiers herded ethnic Albanians onto trains bound for the Macedonian border as NATO bombing continued for the 8th day.
    (SFC, 4/1/99, p.A1,12)
1999        Mar 31, NATO bombs destroyed the Sloboda household utilities plant in Cacak, Serbia. It had employed some 5,000 people. Allied leaders said they would bomb government buildings in Belgrade.
    (SFC, 4/1/99, p.A14)(WSJ, 4/1/99, p.A1)
1999        Mar 31, In the village of Dzakovo, Kosovo, a witness reported the Serbian paramilitary forces invade a mosque during morning prayers and killed some 80 people.
    (SFC, 4/6/99, p.A8)
1999        Mar 31, On Serbian TV Ibrahim Rugova appealed for an end to NATO bombings. He had recently been quoted by a German magazine that chaos would result if NATO does not send in ground troops immediately. Serbs put Rugova under house arrest and ordered him to appear on TV.
    (SFC, 4/2/99, p.A15)(SFC, 4/17/99, p.A9)

1999        Mar, Serbian police rounded up members of a Kosovo Albanian family in their village of Suva Reka, killing several men with machine-gun fire before forcing the rest into a pizza restaurant and throwing hand-grenades at them. In 2009 four former Serbian policemen were found guilty of the massacre of 48 Kosovo Albanians. They were sentenced to up to 20 years in prison.
    (AP, 4/23/09)

1999        Mar-Jun, A US State Dept. report in Dec. estimated that 10,000 Albanians were killed in Kosovo during this period with 1.5 million expelled from their homes.
    (SFC, 12/10/99, p.D6)

1999        Apr 1, Yugoslav Gen'l. Radoslav Martinovic was recalled by Pres. Milosevic and replaced by nationalist Gen'l. Milorad Obradovic. A coup was feared to be imminent.
    (SFC, 4/2/99, p.A13)
1999        Apr 1, Serbia planned to start criminal proceedings against the 3 US soldiers captured on the Macedonian border.
    (SFC, 4/2/99, p.A1)
1999        Apr 1, Serbian radio and TV reported that Pres. Milosevic met with Dr. Ibrahim Rugova, leader of the ethnic Albanians in Kosovo, and "came to a joint stand on resolving problemsÖ through political means."
    (SFC, 4/2/99, p.A1)
1999        Apr 1, In Ljubenic, Kosovo, an initial group of 80 people were executed by Serbian paramilitaries. On Jul 9 peacekeepers said the remains of as many as 350 victims were found.
    (SFC, 7/10/99, p.A10)

1999        Apr 2, NATO planners began preliminary discussions about the possibility of sending ground troops into Kosovo.
    (SFC, 4/3/99, p.A1)
1999        Apr 2, At least 55 people were gunned down by Serbian police and militiamen in the Kosovo city of Djakovica.
    (SFC, 4/29/99, p.D2)

1999        Apr 3, Melaim Bellanica, a villager from Velika Krusa, handed to international media a 5-day-old, smuggled video clip of Serb atrocities from his home. At least 100 men from Velika Krusa were executed. It was later reported that Russian paramilitary were in the front line of the killing.
    (SFEC, 4/4/99, p.A12)(SFC, 6/22/99, p.A12)
1999        Apr 3, NATO dropped bombs in downtown Belgrade and struck the Serbian Internal Ministry buildings near the Sava River.
    (SFC, 4/3/99, p.A1)
1999        Apr 3, Montenegro announced that over 31,000 Kosovar Albanians had entered the country since NATO assaults began and that it was facing a humanitarian catastrophe.
    (SFEC, 4/4/99, p.A10)

1999        Apr 4, NATO dropped more bombs on downtown Belgrade and said that it would send some 8,000 troops into Albania to help Kosovo refugees. The Freedom Bridge over the Danube at Novi Sad was destroyed. The US announced that it would send 24 Apache helicopter gunships to attack Serbian troops and tanks in Kosovo. Some 30,000 refugees crossed into Albania in the last 24-hour period. Shipping on the Danube was not fully restored until 2002.
    (SFEC, 4/4/99, p.A1,12)(SFC, 4/5/99, p.A1,10)(SSFC, 2/3/02, Par p.7)
1999        Apr 4, Bexhet Ahmeti witnessed Serb militiamen shoot and burn 5 Kosovars.
    (SFC, 4/21/99, p.A10)

1999        Apr 5, NATO attacks struck Belgrade, Nis and Novi Sad in the most ferocious attacks to date. The first Kosovo refugees were flown out to Norway and Turkey and the US said it would take some 20,000 to Guantanamo Ari Base in Cuba. Pres. Clinton asked for public donations for the relief effort.
    (SFC, 4/6/99, p.A1,8)
1999        Apr 5, Serbia said a dozen civilians were killed by NATO bombs at Aleksinac.
    (WSJ, 4/7/99, p.A1)

1999        Apr 6, In Serbia Pres. Milosevic announced a unilateral Easter ceasefire through to Sunday. NATO rejected the proposal and escalated its aerial bombardment on Serbian forces and supplies.
    (SFC, 4/7/99, p.A1)(SFC, 4/20/99, p.A7)
1999        Apr 6, A submerged truck in the Danube at Kladovo was found to contain the dozens of decomposed corpses that included women, children and old people. Police took the bodies and blew up the truck. The bodies were found in 2001 in a mass grave at a police training camp in Batajnica, a Belgrade suburb.
    (SFC, 6/1/01, p.D4)(SFC, 6/14/01, p.A14)

1999        Apr 7, Heavy NATO bombing reportedly killed 10 civilians in Pristina, Kosovo. The Provincial Executive Council Building, which housed the offices of Zoran Andjelkovic, Kosovo's top Serbian official, were was hit by bombs.
    (SFC, 4/8/99, p.AQ10)
1999        Apr 7, Yugoslav forces sealed the Morini border with Albania and the border at Macedonia and told refugees to return home.
    (SFC, 4/8/99, p.A1)(SFC, 4/20/99, p.A7)
1999        Apr 7, The US State Dept. made public a list of Serb commanders whose names were to be sent to the Yugoslav war crimes tribunal in The Hague.
    (SFC, 4/8/99, p.A10)

1999        Apr 8, NATO bombing in Yugoslavia blocked freighter and barge traffic on the Danube.
    (SFC, 4/9/99, p.A17)
1999        Apr 8, Serbia said it had ended its Kosovo offensive and was allowing refugees to return home.
    (WSJ, 4/9/99, p.A10)
1999        Apr 8, In Kacanik, Kosovo, a Serbian firefight with the KLA left 17 people dead.
    (SFC, 6/15/99, p.A12)

1999        Apr 9, NATO forces made air strikes across Yugoslavia on Orthodox Good Friday. Military industrial plants, fuel depots and communications facilities were hit. Reports of the rape and murder of 20 ethnic Albanian women at an army training camp near Djakovica was reported. The car and small arms factory at Kragujevac was bombed and 100 workers were reported injured. The Zastava plant in Kragujevac, where the Yugo car was made, was hit by 20 missiles over 2 days and 36,000 workers were put out of work. 
    (SFC, 4/10/99, p.A1,13)(SFC, 4/20/99, p.A7)(SFC, 5/20/99, p.A12)
1999        Apr 9, In Kacanik Yugoslav troops massacred a number of ethnic Albanians. When NATO troops arrive in June they found new graves with 81 markers.
    (SFC, 6/15/99, p.A12)

1999        Apr 10, Serbia allowed some 1,500 refugees from Vragolija to leave Kosovo for Albania. Some 4,000 refugees crossed into Albania.
    (SFEC, 4/11/99, p.A14,26)
1999        Apr 10, The US announced that 82 more warplanes were being shipped to join the NATO campaign in Yugoslavia. It was reported that half Yugoslavia's most modern planes had been destroyed.
    (SFEC, 4/11/99, p.A1)
1999        Apr 10, KLA fighters ambushed and killed Vidomir Salipur, a Serb paramilitary head of a local Black Hand group. Salipur was implicated in numerous brutalities and the execution of dozens of ordinary citizens.
    (SFEC, 6/27/99, p.A6)

1999        Apr 11, In Belgrade, Serbia, Slavko Curuvija, the owner of the opposition newspaper Dnevni Telegraf (Daily Telegraph), was shot and killed by 2 gunmen. The secret police were suspect in the slaying. In 2019 a Serbian court sentenced four former state security members to up to 30 years in prison for the murder.
    (SFC, 4/12/99, p.A14)(SFC, 11/1/00, p.A20)(AP, 4/5/19)
1999        Apr 11, NATO restrained bombing over the Orthodox Easter but struck at least 50 targets in Kosovo alone. 3 Serbian civilians were reported killed.
    (SFC, 4/12/99, p.A13)

1999        Apr 12, NATO allies considered establishing a protectorate to shield Kosovo from Yugoslav forces. Senior commander Gen'l. Wesley Clark asked the Pentagon for 300 more warplanes. NATO bombs hit a train car at a railroad bridge over the Juzna Morava River and 10 were killed and 16 injured.
    (SFC, 4/13/99, p.A12)(WSJ, 4/13/99, p.A1)(SFC, 4/14/99, p.A13)(SFC, 4/20/99, p.A7)
1999        Apr 12, Yugoslavia's federal parliament voted to join a political alliance with Russia and Belarus. Igor Ivanov, the foreign minister of Russia, endorsed the proposal, but the alliance existed for the most part only on paper.
    (WSJ, 4/13/99, p.A14)
1999        Apr 12, NATO bombs destroyed the October 14 heavy machinery manufacturing plant in the Krusevac region.
    (SFEC, 4/25/99, p.A28)

1999        Apr 13, NATO bombs were dropped on Pristina. Yugoslav infantry troops crossed into northeastern Albania for a short time and clashed with Albanian border police. Refugees in Albania reported gang-rapes and murders by Serbian soldiers.
    (SFC, 4/14/99, p.A1,13)
1999        Apr 13, Aleksandar Vukovic, a Serbian soldier, died from bullet wounds in northern Kosovo. His father in 1999 rejected a war decoration from the Milosevic government and blamed Milosevic for the loss of 75 young men over 10 years from Kraljevo.
    (SFC, 12/24/99, p.A17)

1999        Apr 14, NATO warplanes mistakenly struck refugee vehicles and some 60-75 ethnic Albanians were reported killed near Djakovica in Kosovo. NATO acknowledged the next day that a civilian vehicle had been hit and broadcast a taped interview with the US pilot who carried out the mission. A week later NATO acknowledged that 2 separate groups of vehicles were hit.
    (SFC, 4/15/99, p.A1)(SFC, 4/16/99, p.A1,16)(SFC, 4/20/99, p.A6)
1999        Apr 14, Some 3,000 refugees reached the border of Macedonia and another 7,000 were expected. Another 3,000 arrived in Albania. An estimated 18,000 were making their way to Montenegro. Over the last 3 weeks 305,000 arrived in Albania, 121,000 in Macedonia, and 61,000 in Montenegro.
    (SFC, 4/15/99, p.A12)
1999        Apr 14, Serbian police forced families from Popovic St. in Mitrovica. The men were separated from their families and 26 were executed and dumped 10 miles away in Zvecan. 4 suspects were later arrested by French peacekeepers.
    (SFC, 9/28/99, p.A13)

1999        Apr 15, NATO bombed TV transmitters, military installations and bridges throughout Yugoslavia. Military targets in Montenegro were struck as was the city of Subotica, near the Hungarian border.
    (SFC, 4/16/99, p.A19)

1999        Apr 16, Thousands of refugees poured out of Kosovo as NATO blasted oil refineries, military barracks and airports around Yugoslavia. At least 5,000 refugees crossed into Macedonia, and 8,000 into Albania. Some 100,000 were believed to be enroute to Macedonia.
    (SFC, 4/17/99, p.A1)
1999        Apr 16, Serbian paramilitaries killed 15 people in the Kosovo town of Silovi. 16 people in the village of Sloviniya were killed by some 80 paramilitary troops.
    (SFC, 4/26/99, p.A12)(SFC, 4/27/99, p.A8)

1999        Apr 17, NATO forces launched the 25th night of bombing against Yugoslavia in the strongest attacks thus far.
    (SFEC, 4/18/99, p.A1)
1999        Apr 17, Some 50 paramilitary troops killed 7 people at the village of Gornja Brnjica.
    (SFC, 4/27/99, p.A8)

1999        Apr 18, NATO bombers hit refineries, bridges and other targets in the 25th straight day of attacks and the heaviest strikes to date. 70% of fuel storage capability was now destroyed and Yugoslavia no longer had the ability to refine oil. In Pancevo a refinery, fertilizer plant and American-built petrochemical complex were destroyed and a dense toxic cloud was released with potential long term consequences. Pancevoís industrial zone was bombed over 20 times within a 2-month period and created an environmental disaster.
    (SFC, 4/19/99, p.A1,8)(SFC, 7/6/99, p.A8)(AP, 4/18/00)(SFC, 8/11/00, p.A14)
1999        Apr 18, Yugoslav troops crossed into Montenegro and opened fire on a column of ethnic Albanian refugees near Rozaje. At least 6 people were killed.
    (SFC, 4/21/99, p.A1)
1999        Apr 18, In Magura 25 local Albanians were slaughtered by Serbs who included Slavisa Dukic (38), a local neighbor.
    (SFC, 6/23/99, p.A10)

1999        Apr 19, Yugoslav authorities shut down the Morini border crossing to Albania. NATO bombing continued and a Serb government headquarters building in Novi Sad was badly damaged. An estimated 500,000 to 850,000 ethnic Albanians remained were still inside Kosovo.
    (SFC, 4/20/99, p.A1)(WSJ, 4/20/99, A1)
1999        Apr 19, In Hallac 20 Albanian men were killed by Serb paramilitaries. 11 were shot in a vacant lot and 9 were killed in their homes. They were buried in a mass grave and later reburied individually just before NATO forces moved into Kosovo.
    (SFC, 6/14/99, p.A12)

1999        Apr 20, NATO bombing continued in Yugoslavia. The UN refugee agency in Macedonia declared its camps full beyond capacity and left 2,000 to 3,000 refugees at the border. Another few thousand crossed the border to the hamlet of Milana. The border with Albania was again opened but only a few crossed over.
    (SFC, 4/21/99, p.A1,10)
1999        Apr 20, Serbian authorities arrested Dr. Flora Brovina (50), founder of the League of Albanian Women, in Pristina. Her league provided food, clothing and medical supplies to the KLA. In Dec Brovina was convicted and sentenced in Nis to 12 years in prison for abetting terrorism.
    (SFC, 12/10/99, p.D6)

1999        Apr 21, NATO warplanes hit a Serbian refugee camp near Djakovica. 4 Serbs were reported killed in the camp where 200-300 Serb refugees from the Krajina region lived. A NATO spokesman said NATO planes were not operating in that area. NATO bombs hit transmitters for radio and TV along with other business and party offices of people close to Milosevic.
    (SFC, 4/22/99, p.A14)
1999        Apr 21, The EU prepared an oil embargo against Yugoslavia.
    (WSJ, 4/22/99, A1)

1999        Apr 22, An early morning missile hit the home of Pres. Milosevic at 15 Uzicke St. in Belgrade. NATO bombs also hit the Serbian TV station in Belgrade and killed 15-16 people. Russian envoy Viktor Chernomyrdin after meeting with Pres. Milosevic in Belgrade said Milosevic would accept an int'l. presence in Kosovo.
    (SFC, 4/23/99, p.A1,18)(USAT, 4/23/99, p.1A)(SFC, 4/24/00, p.A12)

1999        Apr 23, Yugoslav Foreign Minister Zivadin Jovanovic ruled out allowing armed foreign soldiers to enforce a peace agreement in Kosovo.
    (SFC, 4/24/99, p.A12)
1999        Apr 23, NATO forces bombed Nis and a broad swath of Yugoslavia on the 31st day of attacks. 16 civilians were killed and 16 others injured during the attack on the headquarters and studios of Radio Television Serbia in central Belgrade. In 2009 Amnesty International demanded that NATO be held accountable for civilian casualties in the bombing.
    (SFC, 4/24/99, p.A11)(AP, 4/23/09)

1999        Apr 24, In Belgrade a Nato cruise missile struck the building housing Radio-Television Serbia and 16 young employees were killed. The director was charged in 2001 for allowing the workers to die when he knew the station would be hit.
    (SFC, 10/24/01, p.C2)
1999        Apr 24, NATO approved a new strategic concept in Washington that allowed the use of military force to prevent the abuse of human rights anywhere in Europe. NATO also announced plans for an around-the-clock war along with Yugoslavia and an effort to choke off oil supplies from the Adriatic. Damage to Yugoslavia was estimated to have reached $100 billion.
    (SFEC, 4/25/99, p.A1,21,28)

1999        Apr 25, NATO airstrikes in Yugoslavia destroyed the last bridge in Novi Sad along with other targets in northern and central Serbia. The KLA staged a new conference in Kukes and pleaded anew for a battlefield alliance with NATO.
    (SFC, 4/26/99, p.A12)

1999        Apr 26, Pres. Milosevic met with Red Cross Pres. Cornelio Sommuraga and said the Red Cross may return to Kosovo and "go anywhere." Sommuraga met briefly with the 3 captive Americans and said they were ok.
    (SFC, 4/27/99, p.A1,6)

1999        Apr 27, A NATO bomb missed a targeted army barracks and killed at 20 people, half of them children, in a residential area of Surdulica, Serbia.
    (SFC, 4/27/99, p.A10)(SFC, 4/28/99, p.A14)
1999        Apr 27, Up to 5,000 ethnic Albanians entered Macedonia and many more were said to be following. Another 2,000 entered at the Lojane border post.
    (SFC, 4/28/99, p.A10)
1999          Apr 27,  Near the town of Meja Yugoslav troops executed over 100 men from a caravan of fleeing refugees. A later estimate said 100-300 men were killed.
    (SFC, 4/28/99, p.A14)(SFC, 6/17/99, p.A14)
1999        Apr 27, In Korenica a rebel ambush killed 7 Serbs.
    (SFC, 6/16/99, p.A12)

1999        Apr 28, Yugoslav Pres. Milosevic fired Deputy Prime Minister Vuk Draskovic.
    (SFC, 4/28/99, p.A14)
1999        Apr 28, In Korenica Serb forces retaliated for an ambush and executed every man over 16 that they could find. 155 unarmed men, women and children were killed.
    (SFC, 6/16/99, p.A12)

1999        Apr 29, Rev. Jesse Jackson and a delegation of religious leaders arrived in Belgrade to talk with Pres. Milosevic concerning the release of 3 captured Americans.
    (SFC, 4/30/99, p.A13)
1999        Apr 29, NATO jets struck Yugoslav army headquarters in Belgrade and the federal interior ministry. A telecommunications tower was hit and knocked Serbian TV off the air.
    (SFC, 4/30/99, p.A1)

1999        Apr 30, In Belgrade, Serbia, a 5.5 earthquake struck. Later in the day Jesse Jackson met with the 3 captured Americans and planned to meet with Pres. Milosevic for their release. In an interview Pres. Milosevic pronounced that his countrymen were willing to die to defend their rights.
    (SFC, 5/1/99, p.A1,6)(AP, 4/30/00)
1999        Apr 30, NATO undertook over 600 sorties and strikes in Montenegro and Kosovo reportedly killed 13 people.
    (SFC, 5/1/99, p.A1)
1999        Apr 30, Serbian forces began a forced evacuation of Prizren and 10,000 people crossed the border to Albania.
    (SFC, 5/1/99, p.A6)

1999        May 1, Pres. Clinton imposed a trade embargo on Serbia that excepted only food and medicine.
    (SFEC, 5/2/99, p.A3)
1999        May 1, Pres. Milosevic ordered the release of 3 captive Americans following the appeal of Rev. Jesse Jackson.
    (SFEC, 5/2/99, p.A1)
1999        May 1, A NATO strike on a bridge in Kosovo, 12 miles north of Pristina, hit a civilian bus and killed between 34 and 60 people including 15 children.
    (SFEC, 5/2/99, p.A17)

1999        May 2, A US F-16 went down over western Serbia on the 39th night of air strikes. Allied forces rescued the pilot. Pilot David Goldfein (b.1959) was soon rescued by American commandos in a hair-raising operation.
    (SFEC, 5/2/99, p.A3)(https://tinyurl.com/y59vv58w)
1999        May 2, Yugoslav authorities released the 3 captive Americans in Serbia after 32 days in captivity.
    (SFEC, 5/2/99, p.A1)
1999        May 2, NATO bombings struck the Obrenovac power plant in Belgrade and blacked out large areas of Serbia. A soft bomb (KIT-18) sprayed graphite over the power station and shorted its circuits. A metalworks factory in Valjevo was hit and missile hit Mitrovica where one woman was killed and several civilians wounded.
    (SFC, 5/3/99, p.A12)(SFC, 5/4/99, p.D1)
1999        May 2, Serbian police ambushed a convoy of ethnic Albanians near Studime and 109 people were killed.
    (SFC, 6/19/99, p.A12)(SFC, 3/8/02, p.A14)

1999        May 3, Pres. Clinton said that he would support a bombing pause if he was convinced that the Yugoslav crackdown on Kosovo guerrillas and civilians was ending and that Serbian forces were being withdrawn.
    (SFC, 5/4/99, p.A1)

1999        May 4, Allied forces bombed fixed and mobile targets and downed a Yugoslav MigG-29. The US considered freeing 2 prisoners of war and another 5,000 refugees crossed into Albania.
    (SFC, 5/5/99, p.A12)

1999        May 5, Western allies and Russia outlined an accord for "an international civil and security presence" in Kosovo under a UN mandate following the withdrawal of Serbian forces.
    (SFC, 5/6/99, p.A1)
1999        May 5, NATO strategists were reported to have a plan to send 60,000 ground troops into Kosovo around July to take the province from retreating Serbs. Their original plan called for 28,000 soldiers to supervise an interim peace settlement.
    (WSJ, 5/5/99, p.A3)(SFC, 5/6/99, p.A12)
1999        May 5, Ibrahim Rugova, prominent Albanian leader, flew to Rome with the permission of Yugoslav authorities for talks with Premier Massimo D'Alema and foreign Minister Lamberto Dini.
    (SFC, 5/6/99, p.A13)

1999        May 6, Russia joined NATO to back a framework for ending the conflict in Kosovo that included an international security presence to enforce peace.
    (SFC, 5/7/99, p.A1)
1999        May 6, Electricity was restored in Belgrade as NATO air strikes continued in Yugoslavia. A main railroad bridge was destroyed near the Romanian border and oil depots in Nis were hit.
    (SFC, 5/7/99, p.A15)

1999        May 7, NATO bombs hit a residential area in Nis and at least 15 people were killed and 60 wounded. NATO bombs hit the Chinese Embassy in Belgrade and 3 people were killed and 21 injured. An outdated map was blamed for the embassy bombing. The British Observer later reported that NATO bombed the Embassy because it was being used to transmit Yugoslav military communications. British, NATO and US officials denied the story. In 2000 the US CIA fired one officer and reprimanded 6 others for the bombing.
    (SFC, 5/8/99, p.A1,10)(SFC, 5/10/99, p.A1)(WSJ, 10/18/99, p.A1)(SFEC, 4/9/00, p.A1,15)
1999        May 7, In Djakovica a Russian paramilitary led 8 local Serbs into the home of Dren Lohani. His father, uncle and a neighbor were then shot and killed.
    (SFC, 6/22/99, p.A11)

1999        May 9, NATO struck artillery and mortar positions along with armored vehicles and Serbian troops in Kosovo.
    (SFC, 5/10/99, p.A8)
1999        May 9, Serbian forces, known as MUPS, began a 3-day sweep in Djakovica. At the end of NATO bombing some 700 men of the area were still unaccounted for.
    (SFC, 6/24/99, p.A10)
1999        May 9, Rexhep Emerllahu (27), an ethnic Albanian, was killed in Gnjilane, Kosovo. In 2000 Milos Jokic (21), a Serb student, was sentenced to 20 years in prison for the killing of Emerllahu and for ordering the killing of another Albanian and raping an Albanian woman.
    (SFC, 9/21/00, p.C4)

1999        May 10, The Yugoslav army announced that it had completed its operations against the KLA and had begun a partial withdrawal from Kosovo.
    (SFC, 5/11/99, p.A1)
1999        May 10, NATO announced that it would begin launching strikes from Turkey and Hungary in addition to current launch sites in Western Europe, the US and carriers in the Adriatic.
    (SFC, 5/11/99, p.A10)
1999        May 10, A US State Dept. report, "Erasing History: Ethnic Cleansing in Kosovo," based on refugee accounts suggested that Serbian forces had killed over 4,000 Kosovars.
    (SFC, 5/11/99, p.A10)
1999        May 10, In Belgrade the government claimed that the refugees coming out of Kosovo in the 1st ten days of the war were 3000-4000 ethnic Albanians paid by the US and NATO to march in a circle from Macedonia to Albania and Montenegro and back to Kosovo. Belgrade also opened a legal offensive and asked the World Court to stop NATO air attacks.
    (SFC, 5/11/99, p.A10)

1999        May 11, NATO bombings continued with strikes against radio and TV towers, oil storage tanks, bridges and army barracks.
    (SFC, 5/12/99, p.A7)

1999        May 12, NATO continued airstrikes for the 50th day of its campaign against Yugoslavia. 327 strike missions were flown. Pres. Milosevic acknowledged that his military had suffered casualties.
    (SFC, 5/13/99, p.A1,9)

1999        May 13, In Yugoslavia 120 troops were withdrawn from Kosovo in front of cameras and reporters.
    (SFC, 5/14/99, p.A14)
1999        May 13, NATO bombs struck a group of some 500 refugees in Korisa (Kosovo) and at least 79 people were killed. Some 700 hundreds refugees had been locked up by the Serbs inside the grounds of a warehouse in Korisa.
    (SFC, 5/15/99, p.A1)(SFC, 5/31/99, p.A8)

1999        May 14, In Kosovo paramilitary fighters looted homes and killed 41 ethnic Albanian civilians in the village of Cuska. In 2002 Fred Abrahams and Eric Stover authored ďA Village Destroyed, May 14, 1999: War Crimes in Kosovo." In 2010 9 men, suspected in the killings in Cuska, were detained and indicted by Serbian police.
    (AP, 3/13/10)(www.ucpress.edu/books/pages/9685.php)(Reuters, 9/11/10)

1999        May 17, In Yugoslavia Pres. Milosevic allowed a UN team into Kosovo for the first time. Serb forces meanwhile blocked ethnic Albanians from fleeing.
    (WSJ, 5/18/99, p.A1)

1999        May 18, The US military in Germany released 2 Serb prisoners.
    (SFC, 5/18/99, p.A8)
1999        May 18, Pres. Clinton declared for the first time that he would consider ground troops in Kosovo if he becomes convinced that the NATO bombing strategy would not bring victory.
    (SFC, 5/19/99, p.A10)
1999        May 18, NATO missiles hit at least 4 cities in Yugoslavia and one woman was reported killed and 12 injured. Some 1000 ethnic Albanians crossed into Macedonia.
    (SFC, 5/19/99, p.A14)

1999        May 20, NATO bombs struck a hospital in Belgrade and 4 people were killed.
    (SFC, 5/21/99, p.A12)

1999        May 21, NATO forces bombed the Dubrava prison near Istok and 19 inmates and guards were killed. NATO said the facility was used as military barracks. NATO also mistakenly bombed a KLA base in Kosare that had been seized 6 weeks earlier and 7 KLA fighters were killed and 25 wounded.
    (SFC, 5/22/99, p.A1)(SFEC, 5/23/99, p.A8)

1999        May 22, NATO bombed the Kolubara power plant 20 miles from Belgrade, which supplied most of the power to Belgrade and northern Serbia.
    (SFEC, 5/23/99, p.A8)

1999        May 23, Some 14,000 ethnic Albanians crossed the border from Kosovo to Macedonia in the last 2 days.
    (SFC, 5/24/99, p.A12)

1999        May 24, In Yugoslavia 2 opposition parties urged Pres. Milosevic to strike a deal over Kosovo. Russian diplomat Chernomyrdin said the bombing had caused $100 billion in damage.
    (SFC, 5/25/99, p.A1)

1999        May 25, NATO approved plans for 50,000 ground soldiers to move into Kosovo.
    (SFC, 5/26/99, p.A10)
1999        May 25, As many as 150,000 Kosovo refugees were reportedly bound for Macedonia.
    (SFC, 5/26/99, p.A10)

1999        May 26, NATO military commanders won political approval to strike at the civilian telephone and computer networks of Yugoslavia. Warplanes carried out a record 650 sorties with 284 bombing attacks.
    (SFC, 5/27/99, p.C18)
1999        May 26, Eutelsat, a European satellite consortium, cut off TV broadcasts by RTS, Serbian Radio Television. The move deprived Western broadcasters of their main source of video from Serbia.
    (WSJ, 5/27/99, p.A21)
1999        May 26, In Kosovo the KLA launched an offensive to open a 2nd supply corridor on the NW border of Albania.
    (SFC, 5/28/99, p.A16)
1999        May 26, Serbian military fired over 30 missiles at NATO warplanes which had begun flying at lower altitudes to strike tanks, artillery and ground troops.
    (WSJ, 5/28/99, p.A15)

1999        May 27, The Int'l. War Crimes Tribunal at the Hague announced an indictment against Pres. Milosevic and 4 senior aides for atrocities and mass deportations and multiple counts of crimes against humanity. Also indicted were: Milan Milutinovic, president of Serbia; Vlajko Stojilkovic, Serbian interior minister; Nikola Sainovic, deputy prime minister of Yugoslavia; and Gen'l. Dragoljub Ojdanic, chief of staff of the Yugoslav army. Sainovic surrendered in 2002.
    (SFC, 5/27/99, p.A1)(SFC, 5/28/99, p.A1)(SFC, 5/2/02, p.A11)

1999        May 28, In Yugoslavia Viktor Chernomyrdin declared the Yugoslav president key to a Kosovo peace plan despite complications caused by his indictment for war crimes. It was reported that Pres. Milosevic had agreed to the general principles of a peace settlement following a nine hour long discussion with the Russian envoy.
    (SFEC, 5/30/99, p.A8)(AP, 5/28/00)

1999        May 30, NATO warplanes bombed a bridge in Varvarin, Serbia, and 9 civilians were reported killed and 28 wounded. A convoy of Western journalists was also hit and a driver was killed.
    (SFC, 5/31/99, p.A1)

1999        May 31, NATO missiles killed at least 26 people in separate attacks. In Novi Pazar an apartment block was struck and 10 people were killed. At least 16 people were killed on the outskirts of Surdulica, when missiles hit a hospital and retirement complex.
    (SFC, 6/1/99, p.A1,7)

1999        cMay, The bodies of up to 1500 ethnic Albanians were burned in a blast furnace at the Trepca lead smelter just before NATO troops arrived in Kosovo. Men involved in the clandestine operation made the information public in 2001.
    (SFC, 1/26/01, p.A14)(WSJ, 1/26/00, p.A1)
1999        May, Chinese hackers broke in and vandalized American government websites in retaliation for the May 7 American aircraft bombing of the Chinese embassy in Belgrade. The White House website closed for three days.
    (Econ, 5/26/07, p.64)

1999        Jun 1, A peace plan for Kosovo was carried to Pres. Milosevic by Finnish Pres. Martti Ahtisaari. The plan was negotiated Strobe Talbott (53), US deputy Sec. of State, Marti Ahtisaari (61), President of Finland, and Viktor Chernomyrdin, special Russian envoy.
    (SFC, 6/2/99, p.A10)(SFC, 6/4/99, p.A10)

1999        Jun 3, Pres. Milosevic agreed to end the Kosovo conflict on the 72nd day of bombing. The key elements included: an end to fighting in Kosovo; a quick and verifiable withdrawal of Yugoslav and Serb forces; deployment a security force "with essential NATO participation;" disarmament of the KLA; and the safe return of ethnic Albanian refugees.  Separately it was reported that over 5,000 members of the Yugoslav security forces had been killed by NATO air strikes.
    (SFC, 6/4/99, p.A1,11)

1999        Jun 4, NATO commanders met with Yugoslav army officers in Macedonia to arrange for the withdrawal of some 40,000 Serbian troops from Kosovo.
    (SFC, 6/5/99, p.A1)

1999        Jun 6, NATO officials failed to reach an agreement with Yugoslav military officers on withdrawal plans from Kosovo. Bombing continued on Yugoslav army positions near the Albania-Kosovo border.
    (SFC, 6/7/99, p.A1)

1999        Jun 7, NATO dropped cluster bombs on an estimated 800-1,200 Yugoslav troops near the Kosovo-Albanian border. An estimated 650 sorties were flown in the last 24 hours.
    (SFC, 6/9/99, p.A8)

1999        Jun 8, The G8 agreed to the context of a UN Security Council resolution to end the conflict in Kosovo.
    (SFC, 6/9/99, p.A1)

1999        Jun 9, The Pentagon revealed aerial photographs that indicated the destruction of evidence of Serb atrocities in Kosovo. Some 143 graves at Izbica where 270 residents were reported killed, appeared to have been obliterated.
    (USAT, 6/10/99, p.10A)(HN, 6/11/99)
1999        Jun 9, Yugoslav and Western generals signed a military agreement to end the 78-day NATO air war against Yugoslavia based on a demonstrable withdrawal of Yugoslav forces from Kosovo and a complete pullout in 11 days.
    (SFC, 6/10/99, p.A1)(SFC, 10/6/00, p.A19)

1999        Jun 10, NATO suspended its bombing of Kosovo after Yugoslav troops began withdrawing. Rebuilding Kosovo was estimated at $5 billion. Rebuilding all of Yugoslavia was estimated at $20-100 billion.
    (SFC, 6/11/99, p.A1)
1999        Jun 10, Pres. Milosevic appeared on Serbian TV and said that 462 soldiers and 114 police officers had been killed in the NATO bombing.
    (SFC, 6/11/99, p.A12)
1999        Jun 10, Some 1,860 prisoners were brought to Serbia from Kosovo.
    (SFEC, 7/11/99, p.A20)   

1999        Jun 11, Cheering residents of Prokuplje, Kosovo, throw flowers onto several dozen Yugoslav army vehicles heading out of the province as NATO troops massed across the border in Macedonia.
    (AP, 6/11/03)
1999        Jun 11, Serb civilians began leaving Kosovo in fear of the transition period under NATO.
    (SFC, 6/12/99, p.A12)

1999        Jun 12, NATO troops began entering Kosovo. They reached Pristina and confronted Russian soldiers over control of the airport. A Russian armored column entered Pristina before dawn to a heroes' welcome from Serb residents. 2 Serbs were killed and a German soldier was wounded as peacekeepers moved into Kosovo. 2 German journalists were killed near Stimlje by sniper fire.
    (SFEC, 6/13/99, p.A1)(SFC, 6/14/99, p.A1)(AP, 6/12/04)

1999        Jun 13, NATO soldiers shot dead two armed men as peacekeepers tried to contain new violence in Kosovo; Russian troops, meanwhile, blocked British troops from entering the airport in Pristina, the capital of Kosovo.
    (AP, 6/13/00)

1999        Jun 14, UN Sec. Gen'l. Kofi Annan unveiled a UN peace-building plan for Kosovo giving European organizations primary responsibility for reconstruction.
    (SFC, 6/15/99, p.A12)

1999        Jun 15, In Serbia the Orthodox Church called for Pres. Milosevic to resign. Serb officials said 20 Serbs had been killed or kidnapped in Pristina. The exodus of refugees from Macedonia to Kosovo accelerated.
    (SFC, 6/16/99, p.A1)(WSJ, 6/16/99, p.A20)

1999        Jun 16, US Marines in Kosovo disarmed 116 members of the KLA.
    (WSJ, 6/17/99, p.A21)

1999        Jun 18, NATO peacekeepers took 25 KLA members into custody after finding 15 Gypsy prisoners they had mistreated. Serb media reported that KLA fighters had killed 3 Serbs in Novo Selo and kidnapped 18 Serbs near Pristina.
    (SFC, 6/19/99, p.A10)
1999        Jun 18, The US and Russia agreed on terms for Russian participation in Kosovo peacekeeping.
    (SFC, 6/19/99, p.A1)

1999        Jun 19, NATO reached a tentative agreement with leaders of the KLA for the rebel force to gradually disarm, disband and cease military activities in 30 days.
    (SFEC, 6/20/99, p.A1)

1999        Jun 20, The last Serbian officer left Kosovo. Pres. Milosevic urged the Serbs of Kosovo to stay in Kosovo under NATO protection.
    (SFC, 6/21/99, p.A1,7)

1999        Jun 21, In Kosovo 2 soldiers of the British Nepalese Gurkha force and 2 civilians were killed as ammunition was being cleared in Negrovce. Refugee Serbs demonstrated against Milosevic for abandoning them in Kosovo.
    (SFC, 6/22/99, p.A1,11)
1999        Jun 21, NATO finalized an agreement with the Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA) to demilitarize.
    (SFC, 6/21/99, p.A1)

1999        Jun 22, In Pristina hundreds of Roma, Kosovo Gypsies, fled the city under intimidation by ethnic Albanians.
    (SFC, 6/23/99, p.A10)

1999        Jun 23, US Marines at a checkpoint in Zegra killed one Serb and wounded 2 others after being fired upon.
    (SFC, 6/24/99, p.A1)

1999        Jun 24, The US offered a $5 million reward for help in the arrest of Pres. Milosevic. US plans to oust Pres. Milosevic included the encouragement for a coup; financial support for the opposition; covert action; a freeze on assets; propaganda; and reconstruction aid for the area excluding Serbia.
    (WSJ, 6/25/99, p.A1)(SFEC, 6/27/99, p.A17,19)

1999        Jun 25, It was reported that Hashim Thaci had named a government for Kosovo with himself as prime minister. Xhavit Haliti was assigned as Thaci's ambassador to Albania. They were reported to be forming an internal security network with secret police from Albania to silence dissenters in Kosovo.
    (SFC, 6/25/99, p.A10,12)
1999        Jun 25, US Marines killed one person following an attack southeast of Pristina.
    (SFC, 6/26/99, p.A1)

1999        Jun 26, NATO reopened the main airport in Kosovo, 10 miles west of Pristina. The first flight was a Russian cargo plane.
    (SFEC, 6/27/99, p.A20)
1999        Jun 26, In southern Serbia 3 Albanian-American brothers Illy, Mehmet and Agron Bytyqi, strayed outside of Kosovo's unmarked boundary and were arrested. They spent 15 days in a Serb jail for illegally crossing the border. Upon their release they were taken by two Serb policemen to a training camp in eastern Serbia, where they were summarily executed. In 2001 their bodies were found bound and blindfolded in a trash-filled mass grave near the training campís fence with bullet holes in the back of their heads. They had left their New York pizza business in 1999 to join Kosovo rebels fighting for secession from Serbia. In 2009 a Serbian war crimes court acquitted two former Serb policemen of collaborating in the execution-style slaying. In 2018 the US linked former Serbian police commander Goran Radosavljevic to their murder and banned him and his family from entering the United States. 
    (AP, 6/11/09)(AP, 9/22/09)(AP, 12/19/18)

1999        Jun 27, In Kosovo ethnic Albanians burned and looted the village of Belo Polje. KLA men raped and killed a mentally ill Serbian woman.
    (SFC, 6/28/99, p.A1)

1999        Jun 28, In Kosovo KLA rebels handed over weapons to NATO troops. At the same time hundreds of Albanians, fired a decade ago by Milosevic, demanded their state jobs back.
    (SFC, 6/29/99, p.A8)

1999        Jul 2, In Serbia 5,000 people demonstrated against Pres. Milosevic in Novi Sad.
    (SFC, 7/3/99, p.A9)

1999        Jul 3, In Kosovo British NATO troops killed 2 ethnic Albanians and wounded 2 others during a street celebration marking the 9th anniversary of Kosovo's unrecognized declaration of independence.
    (SFEC, 7/4/99, p.A15)

1999        Jul 5-7, In Leskovac as many as 10,000 demonstrators called for the resignation of Zivojin Stefanovic, commissioner of the Jablanica region.
    (WSJ, 7/9/99, p.A12)

1999        Jul 6, In Yugoslavia some 10,000 people demonstrated against Pres. Milosevic in Uzice despite attempts by the police to stop them.
    (SFC, 7/7/99, p.A8)

1999        Jul 8, In Yugoslavia some 4,000 protested against Pres. Milosevic in Prokupje.
    (SFC, 7/9/99, p.A12)

1999        Jul 9, In Kosovo NATO peacekeepers identified a site in Ljubenic containing the remains of as many as 350 victims.
    (SFC, 7/10/99, p.A10)

1999        Jul 10, American troops killed Afrim Gagica and another person in southeastern Kosovo. The killing was only acknowledged in 2000 after a Serb and his 2 sons faced trial for the killing.
    (SFC, 7/22/00, p.C1)

1999        Jul 12, In Serbia some 7,000 people protested against Pres. Milosevic in Valjevo.
    (WSJ, 7/13/99, p.A1)

1999        Jul 15, Ibrahim Rugova returned to Kosovo following a self imposed exile. He left for Rome hours later and returned again Jul 30.
    (SFC, 7/16/99, p.A10)(SFC, 7/31/99, p.A6)

1999        Jul 16, A NATO memorandum warned soldiers and workers of a "possible toxic threat" from the use depleted uranium ordnance used by the US during the air campaign across Yugoslavia. The "hazard awareness" document was not released and was not made public until 2001.
    (SFC, 1/8/01, p.A9)(SFC, 1/9/01, p.A14)

1999        Jul 23, In Kosovo 14 Serb farmers were found shot dead near the village of Gracko.
    (SFC, 7/24/99, p.A9)

1999        Jul 24, A mass grave of 11 Serbs was found near Gnjilane. 4 other victims were found nearby but reports of the graves were delayed to Aug.
    (SFC, 8/27/99, p.D2)

1999        Jul, Bernard Kouchner arrived in Kosovo as the UN official in charge. He served as the virtual czar until Jan 2001 and was succeeded by Hans Haekkerup, a former Danish defense minister.
    (SSFC, 1/14/01, p.D2)

1999        Aug 2, In Belgrade, Serbia, an independent group of experts laid out "The Stability Pact for Serbia," a plan for a transitional government. In Valjevo some 8,000 rallied for the resignation of Milosevic.
    (SFC, 8/3/99, p.A8)
1999        Aug 2, In Kosovo thousands of Albanian students and professors reclaimed Pristina Univ.
    (SFC, 8/3/99, p.A9)

1999        Aug 5, Montenegro proposed changes to its relationship with Serbia that would dissolve Yugoslavia and replace it with a loose association.
    (SFC, 8/6/99, p.A12)

1999        Aug 6, In Serbia Pres. Milosevic addressed the Diaspora 99 conference in an effort to get financial support from wealthy Serb ťmigrťs. The economy was reported to have suffered $30 billion in damages from 11 weeks of war, but not much in assistance was forthcoming.
    (WSJ, 8/9/99, p.A14)

1999        Aug 7, In Kosovo French troops kept ethnic Albanians away from Serbs on the Ibar River bridge at the Kosovska Mitrovica mining center. In Vrbas, Serbia, some 2,000 people rallied against Pres. Milosevic.
    (SFEC, 8/8/99, p.A21)

1999        Aug 10, In Serbia Gen'l. Momcilo Perisic (55) declared his leadership in the Movement for Democratic Serbia.
    (WSJ, 8/12/99, p.A12)

1999        Aug 12, Pres. Milosevic reshuffled his cabinet, sacked 7 ministers and named 12 new ones. His Socialist Party dominated the 27-member cabinet.
    (WSJ, 8/13/99, p.A9)

1999        Aug 14, In Serbia Tomislav Nikolic, the new vice premier, was quoted in Der Spiegel saying that Milosevic should resign because he capitulated in Kosovo. Separately Zoran Zivkovic said demonstrations on Aug 19 in Belgrade would give the Milosevic regime 10-20 days to resign.
    (SFEC, 8/15/99, p.A26)

1999        Aug 16, In Kosovo 2 Serbs were killed in a mortar attack from an ethnic Albanian village.
    (WSJ, 8/18/99, p.A1)

1999        Aug 19, In Belgrade some 50-150 thousand people demonstrated against Pres. Slobodan Milosevic.
    (SFC, 8/20/99, p.A1)

1999        Aug 20, In Serbia leaders of the Alliance for Change announced that they would give Pres. Milosevic one month to resign and vowed to shut down the country with demonstrations if he does not.
    (SFC, 8/21/99, p.A1)

1999        Aug 25, Police in Yugoslavia said the bodies of 33 Gypsies fleeing from Kosovo were recovered off of Montenegro and that as many as 100 may have drowned when their ship sank last week.
    (SFC, 8/26/99, p.A13)

1999        Sep 2, NATO and UN officials agreed to the formation of a civilian emergency force in Kosovo from the remnants of the KLA.
    (SFC, 9/3/99, p.A9)

1999        Sep 3, In Kosovo the UN announced that the German mark would be the official currency.
    (SFC, 9/4/99, p.A13)

1999        Sep 6, Russian soldiers in Ranilug killed 3 Serbs who fired on them and refused to stop beating 2 ethnic Albanians.
    (SFC, 9/7/99, p.A12)

1999        Sep 8, Mortar rounds in eastern Kosovo left 2 Serbs dead and 4 wounded.
    (WSJ, 9/9/99, p.A1)

1999        Sep 9, In Serbia 2 grenades exploded in a crowd of French troops and demonstrating Serbs at Kosovska Mitrovica. 37 civilians and 8 French soldiers were injured.
    (SFC, 9/11/99, p.A8)

1999        Sep 18, In Kosovo the KLA rejected a NATO plan to transform it into a small civil defense groups one day before the deadline for demobilization.
    (SFEC, 9/19/99, p.A20)

1999        Sep 20, In Kosovo NATO and the KLA agreed on a transformation of the KLA into a civil defense group named the Kosovo Protection Corps.
    (SFC, 9/21/99, p.A10)

1999        Sep 21, In Serbia demonstrations against Pres. Milosevic were led by the Alliance for Change in Belgrade and 18 other cities with lower than expected turnout.
    (SFC, 9/22/99, p.A16)

1999        Sep 22, Serbs quit the multiethnic council working with the UN to administer Kosovo following the establishment of the Kosovo Protection Corps out of the KLA.
    (SFC, 9/23/99, p.A10)

1999        Sep 23, In Belgrade some 2 thousand high school students demonstrated against a government ban on school trips abroad.
    (SFC, 9/24/99, p.A17)

1999        Sep 24, In Serbia some 30,000 protested in Belgrade against Pres. Milosevic.
    (SFC, 9/25/99, p.A14)

1999        Sep 26, In Serbia some 45,000 people marched against Pres. Milosevic in Belgrade.
    (SFC, 9/27/99, p.A18)

1999        Sep 28, In Kosovo 2 grenades exploded in a Serb marketplace in the Pristina suburb of Kosovo Polje and 2 people were killed and 40 others injured.
    (SFC, 9/29/99, p.A11)

1999        Sep 29, In Serbia some 25,000 protestors were dispersed by riot police in Belgrade as the crowd headed toward the home of Pres. Milosevic.
    (SFC, 9/30/99, p.D14)

1999        Sep 30, In Serbia police clashed with some 40,000 protestors for a 2nd night in Belgrade.
    (SFC, 10/1/99, p.D4)

1999        Sep, Experts at the Belgrade Economic Sciences Institute warned that inflation in Serbia could reach 100% by the end of the year.
    (WSJ, 9/21/99, p.A21)

1999        Oct 3, Veselin Boskovic, the brother-in-law of former deputy PM Vuk Draskovic, was killed when a truck swerved in front of a convoy of cars 25 miles southeast of Belgrade. A 2nd car with bodyguards hit the truck and exploded. The truck driver escaped. Draskovic was not injured and called the accident an assassination attempt.
    (WSJ, 10/7/99, p.A22)

1999        Oct 5, In Kosovo at least one Serb was killed when ethnic Albanians attacked a Russian-Serb convoy. The Albanians had gathered for the funeral of 18-28 countrymen found in a mass grave the previous week.
    (SFC, 10/6/99, p.C16)

1999        Oct 11, In Kosovo a UN employee, Valentin Krumov (38) of Bulgaria, was beaten and shot to death by a group of ethnic Albanian teenagers in Pristina.
    (SFC, 10/13/99, p.A10)

1999        Oct 15, In Kosovo Some 100 people were injured as they tried to force their way against NATO forces across a bridge in Mitrovica to the Serb half of town.
    (SFC, 10/16/99, p.A12)

1999        Oct 16, The 1st graduate class of the Kosovo Police Service School was honored in Pristina.
    (SFEC, 10/17/99, p.A21)

1999        Oct 26, A group of 306 Catholic Slavs, descendents of traders who came to Kosovo long ago from Dubrovnik, left Kosovo for Croatia.
    (SFC, 11/6/99, p.A10)

1999        Oct 27, In Pec, Kosovo, Albanians attacked a convoy of Serbs trying to leave the province and set vehicles afire. Several Serbs were missing.
    (WSJ, 10/28/99, p.A1)
1999        Oct 27, Serb police seized a large cache of forged dinars and claimed that a US sponsored "monetary coup" was foiled.
    (WSJ, 10/28/99, p.A1)

1999        Nov 5, In Kosovo a rail bridge was bombed in Kosovska Mitrovica just hours before a Serbian passenger train was to pass across.
    (SFEC, 11/7/99, p.A22)

1999        Nov 10, In Serbia allies of Pres. Milosevic passed new laws aimed at curbing the authority of local governments.
    (SFC, 11/11/99, p.A18)

1999        Nov 12, In Serbia a World Food Program flight crashed in northern Kosovo and all 24 aboard were killed.
    (SFC, 11/13/99, p.A10)

1999        Nov 23, Pres. Clinton spoke in Kosovo and implored ethnic Albanians to abandon acts of revenge against Serbs.
    (SFC, 11/24/99, p.A16)

1999        Nov 29, In Kosovo ethnic Albanians killed Dragoslav Basic (62) and attacked his wife and mother-in-law during a night of festivities celebrating Kosovo's first Flag Day since the ouster of Serbian forces. An ethnic Albanian (27) was arrested in Dec. for the murder.
    (SFC, 11/30/99, p.A14)(SFC, 12/28/99, p.A10)

1999        Dec 7, Serbian customs officials released 14 tankers of heating fuel destined for the opposition-controlled towns of Nis and Pirot.
    (SFC, 12/8/99, p.A18)

1999        Dec 8, In Montenegro Serbian troops occupied the main airport for one day. Montenegro had planned to assume control of the airport Dec 9.
    (SFC, 12/9/99, p.A18)(SFC, 12/10/99, p.D8)

1999        Dec 10, China signed a deal to advance Belgrade some $300 million in cash and credits for reconstruction.
    (SFC, 12/11/99, p.C2)

1999        Dec 18, In Serbia Zoran Vukicevic (38) was killed and 9 others wounded when gunmen opened fired on the only Serb cafť in Orahovac. Vukicevic was at least the 146th Serb killed since NATO peacekeepers entered Kosovo.
    (SFEC, 12/19/99, p.A29)

1999        Dec 24, Ignoring NATO warnings, Serb tanks and troops struck an ethnic Albanian stronghold in Kosovo.
    (AP, 12/24/00)

1999        David Fromkin published "Kosovo Crossing: American Ideals Meet Reality on the Balkan Battlefields."
    (WSJ, 8/3/99, p.A20)

1999        Hashim Thaci, later prime minister of Kosovo, led a group of guerrillas. In 2010 they were accused of killing Serb and other prisoners in Albania for their kidneys. Thaci was also accused of being involved in the regionís heroin trade.
    (Econ, 12/18/10, p.100)
1999        NATO acknowledged in 2000 that depleted uranium rounds were used during the 1999 Kosovo war whenever American A-10 ground attack aircraft engaged armored vehicles.
    (SFC, 3/22/00, p.A14)
1999        In 2008 Carla Del Ponte, former chief prosecutor at The Hague, alleged in a book that some 100-300 Kosovo Serbs were kidnapped this year and taken to Albania to have their organs harvested. UN investigators found no substantial evidence to support claims that ethnic Albanian guerrillas killed dozens of Serbs in Kosovo and sold their organs.
    (WSJ, 4/12/08, p.A1)(WSJ, 4/14/08, p.A13)(AP, 4/16/08)

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