Kosovo

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Capital: Pristina
Area: 10,887 sq km
Comparative area: slightly larger than Delaware
Population (July 2011 estimate): 1,825,632
Official language(s): Albanian and Serbian

In October 2008, Kosovo opened an embassy in Washington, DC. Kosovo has 21 diplomatic missions and 13 consular posts worldwide. The country has no standing army, air force or navy though it is working to establish a ministry of defense and functional security force.

The United States continues to contribute troops to the 30- country NATO-led Kosovo Force (KFOR) and staff to the International Civilian Office (ICO) and the European Union Rule of Law Mission in Kosovo (EULEX) missions. The United States remains committed to working with the Government of Kosovo and our international partners to strengthen Kosovo’s institutions, rule of law, and economy and build a democratic, law-abiding, multi-ethnic, tolerant, and prosperous country.

From FY 1999 up to and including FY 2009, the United States has allocated approximately $1.4 billion for reconstruction, capacity-building, and humanitarian assistance.

For more information visit the US Embassy Kosovo, Pristina, website:

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CAIRO, EGYPT (March 15, 2011) -- Egyptian families emerge from an Air Force C-130J after their flight from Djerba Zarzis Airport in Tunisia. These Egyptian citizens are among tens of thousands who have fled conflict in Libya to Tunisia, where a humanitarian
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Capt. Barbara Bujak, physical therapist at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center, speaks in her native tongue, Polish, with members of Multinational Battle Group East's Polish Contingent and European Rule of Law Mission in Kosovo. Bujak, who was born in Poland, moved to the U.S. at age 11 and joined the U.S. Army five years ago. Bujak's temporary assignment at Camp Bondsteel allowed her to experience a familiar ceremony in a new location.

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Admiral James Stavridis exits a Chinook during his trip to Afghanistan.May 7, 2013At Voyage's End, Some Final Thoughts...What a voyage! Certainly I've had my fair share of challenges along the way but we have also had plenty of great successes (due largely to the hard work of those on my various teams), and a few tie scores as well. As I look back over these past four years in particular, there were a number of solid accomplishments and a few stubborn difficulties -- but at the center of it all were wonderful human relationships.
Admiral James Stavridis (left), Supreme Allied Commander Europe, walks with Major General Volker Halbauer (right), Commander Kosovo Force, at HQ Camp Film City, Pristina, Kosovo, during SACEURs visit to Kosovo on May 1, 2013.
May 3, 2013Not Quite Time for "High Fives” in KosovoWhen I arrived as the NATO commander in 2009, we had more than 15,000 troops in Kosovo. They had two key missions in the tense former province of Serbia: maintain freedom of movement and contribute to a "safe and secure environment." It was, and still can be, a dangerous place.
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Kosovo Force troops react to a Molotov cocktail thrown during the Silver Saber training exercise at Camp Vrelo, Kosovo, Oct. 16, 2013. KFOR soldiers also had to breach obstacles, evacuate casualties and perform crowd and riot control operations throughout the three-day exercise.October 24, 2013525 BfSB and multinational soldiers test readiness at Silver SaberSilver Saber brought KFOR soldiers together with their Kosovo Police and EULEX counterparts to train on crowd and riot control, relieving a multinational unit currently engaged in CRC, breaching various obstacles and medically evacuating a casualty.
NATO flagJuly 9, 2013NATO Secretary General statement on Kosovo Security Force reaching Full Operational Capability Today, the North Atlantic Council declared that the Kosovo Security Force has reached full operational capability and is fully capable of performing the tasks assigned to it within its mandate, to standards designated by NATO.
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February 9, 2014USEUCOM State Partnership ProgramThe United States European Command State Partnership Program (EUCOM SPP) is a National Guard program that links U.S. States with partner countries in the European Theater for the purpose of supporting the security cooperation objectives of United States European Command (EUCOM). 65 Partnerships exist worldwide and 22 Partnerships exist with former Soviet, Yugoslav and Warsaw Pact countries in the EUCOM Area of Responsibility. The program is a component of the larger (global) State Partnership Program, which oversees the program of each of the six geographic Combatant Commands.
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