US Kosovo militarization puts umbrella on instability in Balkans
US military is to send about 130 soldiers of the Tupelo-based 1st Battalion, 185th Aviation Regiment to Kosovo in support of Operation Joint Guardian. The troops will deploy in Fort Hood, Texas. There the unit will conduct mobilization training for duty in Kosovo.
The troops are officially said to provide aviation support using UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters. Nevertheless, a number of experts consider these steps are politically motivated. Analyst Dusan Janjic says, that is "more a political and security than a military message of the US." Though KFOR insists that the troops will provide just rotary replacing those whose mandate has expired.
Well, the problem is if NATO-led forces provide security in the region. The U.S. State Department's "Kosovo 2017 Crime and Safety Report" affirms criminals often commit crimes with firearms, as weapons are fairly easy to obtain in Kosovo. As for the threat of terrorism the U.S. Department of State "has assessed Pristina as being a high-threat location for terrorist activity directed at or affecting official U.S. government interests". In the fall of 2016 the local police arrested 18 individuals in Kosovo on suspicion of participating in or supporting an ISIS-planned attack in Albania. Besides, some media go on reporting on the Kosovo Albanians fighting in Syria.
There are reports on civil unrest in the region. Some protests in the last half of 2016 were against the government's demarcation agreement with Montenegro and the Association of Serbian Municipalities in Kosovo. Ethnic Albanian nationalist political movement, other opposition parties protest against the government and international (including U.S.) organizations in the region. The protests are often accompanied with physical intimidation and violence.
But the US state department does not dare to tell about continuous discriminative pressure on the Serbs, people's organs trade, drugs smuggling, prostitution, illegal arms trade and so on…The US report statistics avoids speaking on the real human rights problems in Kosovo.
The operation of NATO "Allied Force" in 1999 resulted in triggering separatist trends in Serbia that leaded in the long run to Kosovo and Montenegro "independence". The terrorist organization Kosovo Liberation Army became Kosovo Protection Corps and Kosovo Security Force under the umbrella of NATO. Moreover, the Kosovo authorities consider the entire armed forces to be created soon. Though it is doubtful that it will bring more security and stability to the region. It's clear that the criminal enclave in the Balkans is to be strengthened when taking more power. Certainly it would negatively affect entire EU.
Some experts affirm that Kosovo, Serbia and Montenegro integration into NATO is likely to happen. In this case Europe is sure to have one more military political and security headache in its heart. The point is the ethnic, religious, territorial contradictions won't disappear. And ISIS is likely to smile watching alliance's weakness in fighting the "global terrorist evil" in Europe.