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Night Watch: GOSHINCE – Macedonia Interior Ministry has just confirmed reports of gunfire directed at a Macedonian police station in the village of Goshince near the Kosovo/Macedonia border.
The action took place Tuesday evening at 20:45 that also involved grenade explosions within 100-500 yards of the station. No injuries have been reported and so far no one or group has taken responsibility. This is just a minute example as to how intriguing the European theatre is.
The Macedonian government in Skopje supports Albanians in Kosovo’s independence war against Serbia yet here is, what is most likely, an Albanian guerrilla unit shooting again at Macedonia, which is what nearly set off a regional chain reaction war in early 2001. That was when Albanians in Macedonia attacked government positions in the country, right after Reuters reported in late 2000, Iran-Turkey were comparing intelligence information but they wouldn’t say about where. Now this action Tuesday night just one month after Tehran had a meeting in Tirana, with Albania’s Minister of Transportation, reported on crossfirewar.com June 30. [MAKFAX]
The weapons used Tuesday could have easily been the ones Tehran just transported to Albania for use by units like the Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA) or other Albanian nationalist-militia groups no longer waiting for the interminable negotiation process to grant Kosovo independence, a negotiation process they no longer have any faith in. Some of the Albanian fighters want more than just Kosovo independence but a Greater Albania, all Albanian people together in the same country, which would increase the territory of Albania at the expense of Greece-Macedonia-Montenegro-Serbia.
Encouraging war in this theatre is of course Tehran, which has just concluded a meeting in Athens that is intended to increase the strategic (military) and energy cooperation between both countries. Only their increased energy cooperation was mentioned publicly, but Greece Minister of Development Dimitrios Sioufas did state Athens supports Tehran’s position regarding Europe and Athens knows the opposing positions of Iran/Europe, the Europe that is outside Southeast Europe.
And this is the common-united position of every other government in the Balkans from Zagreb to Ankara since they all became increasingly alienated from the rest of the European community eager to justify war with Belgrade, the hallmark of Brussels policy making at the end of the Cold War in 1990, Brussels being the headquarters of both NATO and the European Union (EU).
Iran knows the next round of fighting will cause an even larger regional war. Tehran will be joining in their attempt to silence Vienna and end the investigation of Tehran’s nuclear weapons program by the United Nations International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) based there. [IRNA]
But also based in Vienna is another intriguing-confused European decision making body, the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), whose initial creation and authority is still shrouded in mystery. I don’t even think they are quite sure how many governments belong to it.
They are now being accused by Turkey of allowing a leading and founding member of the Kurdish nationalist group, PKK, to leave Austria and arrive in northern Iraq. Riza Altun, the Chief Financial Officer of the PKK was arrested in France in February and was barred from leaving the Paris area but managed somehow to escape and arrive in Vienna.
Interpol had issued a detention warrant concerning him but despite that, Austria allowed Altun to leave the country with fake documents they provided him. Altun is now in northern Iraq, the PKK base in the country, the specific area Ankara is preparing to invade in an attempt to end Kurdish support of PKK units in southeast Turkey that have been fighting Ankara since 1984. [TURKISHDAILYNEWS]
I suspect Altun arrived with a lot of new financing and was permitted to escape in order to enable the guerrilla units to purchase more weaponry in an effort to increase losses that could be suffered by Turkey’s military when they invade the region. This is a continuation of the European Union’s undeclared war on Turkey since they know Ankara has been using its apparently eager attempt to join the EU to masque Turkey’s military cooperation with Iran.
In early February an Iranian missile expert disappeared into Turkey, General Alireza Asqhari, who is actually a high level military liaison officer between the command levels of Turkey-Iran. Both countries are preparing to launch Iran’s Shahab missiles from Turkey which will reduce the range and increase their accuracy, their chances of hitting Vienna and other European capitals.
When asked if this latest dispute could damage Ankara-Vienna relations, Levent Bilman, speaking for Turkey’s Foreign Ministry replied, “We are still assessing that.” The decision to do so has probably already been made, perhaps quite some time ago, as Ankara watched NATO continue to make occpational moves and eventually air strikes in their direction since 1992. Ankara will escort Iranian troops through the Balkans avenue of invasion into Europe.