Crossfire War – NATO-Kosovo Police Prepare Crisis (War) Plans

Crossfire War – RAPID FIRE NEWS=BRUSSELS – VIENNA – PRISTINA WATCH – Southeast Europe Theatre: Brussels – Vienna – Warsaw – Tirana – Tehran – Skopje – Pristina/Kosovska Mitrovica – Belgrade – Athens – Moscow – Tehran – Podogrica – Banja Luka – Sofia – Bucharest – Budapest; NATO-KFOR – Kosovo Police Service Prepare Plans for Crisis (War) After Kosovo Independence – Qassam Rocket Fire As Diesel Fuel Arrives in Gaza – Tehran Attempted to Sabotage Israel Satellite Launch from India – Syria Imposes Food Blockade on Lebanon

Night Watch: PRISTINA – B92 reports both NATO and its Kosovo Force (KFOR) and the Kosovo Police Service (KPS) have prepared and matched plans for any potential crisis (war) after the Kosovo Parliament “announces independence immediately.” The KPS plan is called “status” and its first crisis will be when the Serbs in its ranks leave after the independence declaration, there is no word on how many Serbians are members. KFOR is then supposed to send 500 international police to take control over police stations in the north, but in the north, which is mostly Serbian, the community there could have declared their secession from Kosovo and proclaim themselves part of Serbia and that is when the police station could come under attack from Serbian militia groups which then receive support from Belgrade. It is quite possible those police units could be attacked enroute to Kosovo. According to the plans devised KPS is supposed to take care of minor incidents and KFOR is to handle anything more serious no matter who the conflict involves whether Albanians or Serbians. [B92]

In the meantime, Belgrade will be responding with its own “Action Plan” that includes the establishing of Serbian institutions in Kosovo, which of course will come under attack by Albanians who will be demanding KFOR protect them. Not to mention the diplomatic war of words back and forth from the Atlantic to the Urals leading to ultimatums and you then have one of the most intense, confusing, conflicting theatres of World War III. That is why is called Crossfire War.

Nahal Oz – As Israel delivered some diesel and cooking gas through the Gaza crossing at Nahal Oz Palestinian militants continued their Qassam rocket fire. INN reports the militants fired the rockets at one of their favorite times, 8:30 am when students are heading to school and parents to work. This is obviously done to increase the chance of civilian casualties though the rockets usually land in some open area of the Negev desert. I would not be surprised if Israel responds with a deeper “pinpoint” attack into Gaza before the day is over. Israel resuming some fuel supplies has taken away a lot of the momentum from the international criticism and condemnation of the blockade. [INN]

Beirut – The blockade crisis in Gaza has overshadowed the food blockade Syria imposed on Lebanon as of 6 pm Monday. Xinhua and the local Lebanon paper An Nahar report the blockade coincided with demonstrations in Beirut that protested power blackouts in the city. Syria has as much influence on Lebanon’s economy as Israel has on Gaza. Beirut has no “explanation to Damascus’ surprise decision” though there may have been an indication of things to come when on the 11th Damascus tightened controls at the Abdoudieh-Dabbougieh border crossing. As always I suspect Tehran has a direct hand in this and may want to create an economic crisis in Lebanon in order to widen the climate of crisis throughout the region. Tomorrow is the meeting in Damascus between Iran-Syria-Hezbollah and ten Palestinian militant groups to plan the next stage in the war in and around Israel. [XINHUA]

Rafah – There was a violent confrontation between Palestinian demonstrators who attempted to break through the Rafah terminal crossing between Egypt and Gaza, the only crossing that bypasses Israel. Al Jazeera reports angry demonstrators fought with Egyptian police and demanded Arab nations do more to support them. Some of them actually admitted the Palestinians are actually under siege from both Israel and neighboring Arab governments. There is some truth to that, decades ago an article admitted Arab governments use the Palestinians as a political football. [ALJAZEERA]

Rafah – The crowd was dispersed as police fired in the air and used batons and water cannons injuring four demonstrators. But eleven police were injured, one by gunfire and ten by rocks. This is not the first or last confrontation and they usually turn into anti-Mubarak demonstrations. The Jerusalem Post/AP report there were actually sixty Gazans wounded and more than two hours after the demonstration began some Palestinians remained on the Egyptian side of the crossing. [JPOST]

Cairo – In a pretense of improved relations Tehran had President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad phone Egypt President Hosni Mubarak. The Jerusalem Post/AP report the two discussed the crisis in Gaza, but in reality, Tehran supports the Palestinian demonstrators protesting at Rafah and the Muslim Brotherhood opposition in Egypt dedicated to Mubarak’s overthrow. Though Mubarak is no longer cooperating with Jerusalem, Iran still sees him as far to close to the West. [JPOST]

Sriharikata – Reports are now surfacing Tehran attempted to sabotage the launching of Israel’s TecSar satellite from India’s launch facility in Sriharikata on Monday. The Jerusalem Post, citing Western sources, state Iran used its influence in Delhi, through Muslim and Communist political parties, to prevent the launching of the satellite last September, but instead has only just delayed it until yesterday. The TecSar was designed by Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) Space Division MBT and uses, instead of a camera, a synthetic aperture radar (SAR) that can penetrate clouds and even roofs that are not concrete. Tehran is of course aware its primary mission is to monitor and transmit detailed images of Iran’s nuclear – ballistic bases. IAI announced today the TecSar should begin transmitting within two weeks to an IAI ground station in Yehud. It’s intelligence will of course be shared with Allied governments. [JPOST]

Willard Payne
Willard Payne is an international affairs analyst who specializes in International Relations. A graduate of Western Illinois University with a concentration in East-West Trade and East-West Industrial Cooperation, he has been providing incisive analysis to NewsBlaze. He is the author of Imagery: The Day Before.