Kosovo Liberation Army: The Inside Story of an Insurgency

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University of Illinois Press, Jul 15, 2008 - History - 264 pages
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The military intervention by NATO in Kosovo was portrayed in American media as a necessary step to prevent the Serbian armed forces from repeating the ethnic cleansing that had so deeply damaged the former Yugoslavia. Serbia trained its military on Kosovo because of an ongoing armed struggle by ethnic Albanians to wrest independence from Serbia. Warfare in the Balkans seemed to threaten the stability of Europe, as well as the peace and security of Kosovars, and yet armed resistance seemed to offer the only possibility of future stability. Leading the struggle against Serbia was the Kosovo Liberation Army, also known as the KLA._x000B__x000B_Kosovo Liberation Army: The Inside Story of an Insurgency provides a historical background for the KLA and describes its activities up to and including the NATO intervention. Henry H. Perritt Jr. offers firsthand insight into the motives and organization of a popular insurgency, detailing the strategies of recruitment, training, and financing that made the KLA one of the most successful insurgencies of the post-Cold War era. This volume also tells the personal stories of young people who took up guns in response to repeated humiliation by "foreign occupiers," as they perceived the Serb police and intelligence personnel. Perritt illuminates the factors that led to the KLA's success, including its convergence with political developments in eastern Europe, its campaign for popular support both at home and abroad, and its participation in international negotiations and a peace settlement that helped pave the long road from war to peace.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
1 Faces of the KLA and Its Kosovar Antagonists
13
2 Building and Maintaining Public Support
25
3 Recruiting Fighters and Commanders
36
4 Avoiding Annihilation Taking Advantage of Milosevic
46
Illustrations follow page 60
60
5 The KLA at War
61
6 Financing
88
The KLA at the Ballot Box
152
11 The KLA in the Dock
167
12 Conclusion
181
Acronyms and Organization Names
185
Roster of Key Individuals
189
Notes
195
Bibliography
207
Index
211

7 Training
100
8 Supplying
110
9 Shaping International Reaction
130
back cover
233
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Henry H. Perritt Jr. is a professor of law and director of the graduate program in financial services law at the Chicago-Kent College of Law. He is the author of numerous law review articles and books on international relations and law, technology and law, and employment law.

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