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    Quote Originally Posted by OUTLAW 09 View Post
    Problem seems to be still there--this from this morning--shooting has not been verified.

    Cvetin Chilimanov @Cvetin
    #Macedonia Reports of renewed shooting in Kumanovo after a largely peaceful night

    Jasmin Mujanović @JasminMuj
    #Kumanovo also saw fighting during the 2001 insurgency in #Macedonia. Situation right now seems volatile. pic.twitter.com/67nCKdJHFj

    Killed police in #Kumanovo: Zharko Kuzmanovski (Tetova, aged 32), Nenad Serafimovski (Gostivar, aged 28), Sasho Samojlovski (Tetova,aged 32)

    Chronology & status of more notable security incidents in #Macedonia (late 2014-2015) #Kumanovo pic.twitter.com/ic8DpoFtGl
    PoliceMin Gordana Jankulovska press conf.:
    Fighting in #Kumanovo continues for the second day. Ambulances were seen carrying more wounded policemen.
    http://abcnews.go.com/International/...medium=twitter

    Heavy fighting continues in #Kumanovo this morning, gunfire audible in new video:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QRinT2EHEbQ

    In #Kumanovo shootings started again this morning after a calm night. Helicopters, droned, police forces are positioned in front of houses.
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    BREAKING: RESPONSIBILITY FOR ATTACK IN KUMANOVO, MACEDONIA IS CLAIMED BY KOSOVO GROUP "NATIONAL LIBERATION ARMY" (NLA)http://www.24sata.hr/svijet/stanje-i...edoniji-418537

    Why there is such a lack of official info,where are domestic media,why are leaders not explaining and calming down citizens? #Kumanovo

    Its twelve o'clock and still no press conference by Ministry of Interior on situation in #Kumanovo (13 hours after last one).

    Macedonia: Firefighting continues in Kumanovo this morning, reports of black smoke rising above the city http://www.mediafax.ro/externe/confr...video-14237945

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    Well worth reading three times through to fully understand the threat.

    Russia has unprecedented intelligence and counter intelligence operations underway in the entire European area --not being seen by European inte/CIl orgs as they had gotten virtually out of the Russian CI business after the Wall came down--AND that includes the US.

    Russian intelligence operations are part and parcel of their nonlinear warfare doctrine and we have seen massive use of that in the Ukraine and Crimea over the last year.

    Russian intelligence general Leonid Reshetnikov stirs the Balkans for #Putin. Here's how @20committee http://20committee.com/2015/04/27/pu...kan-offensive/

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    Macedonian officials: by 1pm today total number of killed police officers in clashes in #Kumanovo is 8.
    @MilanDinic1 pic.twitter.com/aCBdTMpMz2

    Morning front pages of leading Serbian dailies interpreting #Kumanovo events as beginning of a war 4 #GreaterAlbania. pic.twitter.com/GglwlBEiM1

    Vincent Triest @VincentTriest
    The Albanian @Balkanwebcom says #Macedonia declares state of emergency, due situation in #Kumanovo. Any Macedonian sources?

    BREAKING NEWS: Macedonian security forces surround a district of the northern town of Kumanovo after ... http://bbc.in/1Rr4M4r #BBCNews

    Sporadic gunfire in Kumanovo, 8 Police Officers KIA, protests in Tirana http://serb.in/76e

    Macedonian police releases all arrested children and females. Males are still in policestation near #Kumanovo http://alsat-m.tv/News/193346/te-arr...ne-autokomande

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    Several trucks full of soldiers just drove into neighbourhood where remaining fighters are said to be holed up #Kumanovo

    BREAKING: Macedonian police is pulling back heavy weaponry from the city of #Kumanovo.Check bullets window of the APC pic.twitter.com/JteUU9perl

    Crossroads at police cordon is a circus. Whole neighbourhood seems to be out to watch closely as nothing happens #Kumanovo

    Current attention is shifting to much to #Kumanovo. If you want updates about demonstrations in Skopje (#protestiram) follow @marcelvdsteen

    There are still men that participated in #Kumanovo situation in the city. Koha says that Mirsad Ndrecaj aka NATO isn't arrested yet.

    Several news websites have been hacked yesterday by the Kosovo Warrior Group. Macedonian media makes link with #Kumanovo.


    #Kumanovo pic.twitter.com/RNOrHr1ppe

    #Kumanovo pic.twitter.com/gVeRmn6SO8

    Better photo of the APC brought away from battle scene in #Kumanovo #Macedonia
    pic.twitter.com/xXhfTP83gI

    BREAK: Ministery of Interior says that armed men #Kumanovo are from an disbanded group from Kosovo Liberation Army (Brigada 113 Drenicë).

    HERE we go again with Russian FM “blaming” the West and US again—first class paranoia:

    Russia's foreign ministry deems anti-govt protests in #Macedonia a western-backed "colour revolution" http://tinyurl.com/nfuprqs
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    #Macedonia police say armed group are former UCK from Kosovo; lead by Muhamed Krasnici aka Malisheva & Mirsad Ndrecaj aka 'commander NATO'.

    FM Ivica Dacic (also presiding over #OSCE): "#Serbia ready to react sharply to any attempt of destabilization" via @TanjugNews

    #Macedonia PM Gruevski about the killed policemen: "We lost 8 people, who maybe prevented murder of over 8.000 people." Praises police.

    Police spokesman Kotevski:
    37 policemen wounded.
    30 terrorists apprehended, most of them from #Macedonia, one from #Kosovo.


    Ilija Nikolovski, retired general who commanded forces during 2001 Macedonian war, said police were served to terrorists like "fresh meat"

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    @MarQs__ @SrbinSaMarsa looks like Serbian Propaganda

    Albanian nationalist call for more attacks on #Macedonia to create new state, Albanian media reports.
    #Kumanovo
    Via @SrbinSaMarsa

    BREAKING: Police release pictures with mugshots #kumanovo. On shoulder of one of armed men you can see Albanian flag. pic.twitter.com/cL2ElQqPsa

    Russian trolls of course are also all over #Kumanovo incident: US is behind it... #lol pic.twitter.com/WpEkWXAxvb

    Cvetin Chilimanov @Cvetin
    #Macedonia Gruevski says police faced an experienced terrorist group, with members who fought in the Balkans, and the Middle East

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    Terrorist leader:"Macedonians are lying! We are not captured.The real war ll start 12 of May!
    http://webtribune.rs/voda-terorista-...cinje-12-maja/

    5 #Kosovo war-veterans masterminded the terror plan in #Macedonia: Mirsad Ndrecaj, Sami Ukshini, Beg Rizaj, Dem Shehu & Krasniqi Malisheva.

    Electricity just went off in #Kumanovo
    Via @JordanIva

    It's been clear for months that a crisis was brewing in Macedonia and that Gruevski would try to retain power. Yet no focus from the EU/US.

    Now, even with violence breaking out, the only focus on US media is the easy narrative of return to ethnic violence in the Balkans.

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    "A lot of blood found in houses" says @botasot http://botasot.info/lajme/403565/sa-...e-e-kumanoves/

    People in #Kumanovo: We lack the basis conditions. Power grid, sanitary sewer and water pipes destroyed.

    A resident of 'Lagjja e Trimave', #Kumanovo & a police-man have gone missing 48h ago, without a trace (Koha reports) http://koha.net/?id=27&l=56912

    Ramush Haradinaj: I am shocked by the events in #Kumanovo. He says no reason for conflict: "Albania in NATO, Kosovo is independent

    It is clear that armed men in #Kumanovo hated Ali Ahmeti, the former commander of UÇK in Macedonia. But when is Ahmeti going to speak?

    Commander of armed men #Kumanovo made FB post before attacks: "Ali Ahmeti is a traitor and sold our war" (2001) &"we love death above enemy"

    Thomas Moens @TMoens
    Serbian tabloid announces that tomorrow the war for Greater Albania will start. - Good thing everybody is keeping calm #Kumanovo

    Even disregarding suspicion of direct gov. instigation in #Kumanovo, surely big questions r.e. how ppl and weapons got there in 1st place?

    BREAKING: Macedonian gov have not captured Mirsad Ndrecaj, alias "commander NATO". Media claimed that yesterday. Unknown location.

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    Photos of the aftermath of this weekend's battle against gunmen in #Macedonia http://bit.ly/1PdIbtx pic.twitter.com/tO8YwAVzw5

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    Peaceful protest in front of Government #Skopje #Macedonia #protestiram pic.twitter.com/3rUWbKjCNE

    From the 28 arrested in #Kumanovo, 11 are from #Macedonia, 16 are from #Kosovo, 1 is from #Albania

    Macedonian Police arrest ethnic Albanian Border Guard Arsim Bajrami
    Still unclear why (express).

    All arrested members of the armed group in #Kumanovo can be found here: http://vincenttriest.nl/2015/05/11/l...s-in-kumanovo/

    International Community gives strongest message yet to Gov in #Macedonia on the mis/management of wiretapping scandal
    http://bit.ly/1ARR4Np

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    New video of Macedonian Police show sniper rifles, heavy machine guns and loads of other weapons. Where did they found this stash? #Kumanovo

    Macedonian police post a new video, showing fighting in close combat in #Kumanovo https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-FZu_DEPqxw

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    Watch now for a Russian informational conflict move to create further tensions in the Balkans--nice start for them today. Things had calmed down thus no need for this Russian Today statement.

    Russia is throwing benzine on the fire. @RT_com: "22 People Killed as Macedonian Ethnic Flashpoint Heats Up". https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=85Wy8uafhXk

    Ethnic Albanian minister of Local Administration is visiting #Kumanovo. First ethnic Albanian with a political function visiting city

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    Statement of the UCK about the #Kumanovo attacks. "We are betrayed"http://vincenttriest.nl/2015/05/12/d...ck-12-05-2015/ (Mod's Note: not in English and no translation option given)

    Ali Ahmeti about #Kumanovo: "9 and 10 may is not the will of the Albanian nation." First reaction in 3 days since situation in #Macedoni
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    For journalists writing about #Kumanovo. I translated full declaration."We are betrayed, fight goes on"/ Please RT http://vincenttriest.nl/2015/05/12/n...5-12-may-2015/
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    Menduh Thai, Albanian leader of opposition party: #Kumanovo, the situation in Macedonia is to worry about

    Also Balkanweb is publishing statement of UÇK or NLA. #Kumanovo https://twitter.com/Balkanwebcom/sta...92537891971072

    Albanian media: "Kosovo Intelligence Service had warned that the Macedonians were trying to recruit Kosovars for criminal acts"
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    Bodies of Mirsad Ndrecaj (Commander NATO) & Beg Rizaj (Comm. Begu) identified among 14 dead of #Kumanovo armed group, (ALSAT)
    #Macedonia

    Macedonian minister of interior affairs resigns!
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    Default The deep roots of Macedonia's current turmoil

    At last a decent explanation for what is happening in Macedonia, last week's violence has a very small part to play:https://www.opendemocracy.net/can-eu...nd-way-forward

    It starts with:
    For nearly two decades, Macedonia has been a pressure cooker of public anger at corruption, deteriorating governance and chronic unemployment. Now the valve has blown. This year, union-organised strikes were followed by student protests against flawed education reforms. Then the opposition party released recordings of conversations that exposed government wire-tapping of more than 20,000 citizens. Quickly dubbed “bombs”, these recordings were released over the last three months by the main opposition party leader at press conferences. On them appear the voices of Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski, senior officials, journalists, judges and security officials conspiring in electoral and judicial fraud, and organising systemic corruption.
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    During the recent anti-Maidan demonstration in Moscow one heard the following chant---"from Serbia to Siberia" referring to all Slavic people's.

    http://tass.ru/en/russia/794802

    Russia will provide Serbia with necessary assistance on Kosovo issue — Russian FM
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    Russia will only accept such decisions on settling the issue that will satisfy Serbia

    MOSCOW, May 15. /TASS/. Moscow will provide its Serbian partners with the necessary assistance on Kosovo, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has said, stressing that Russia will accept only those decisions on settling the issue that will satisfy Serbia.

    Lavrov commented on the Kremlin’s official stance on Kosovo’s independence with due regard to the new realities in an interview with the Serbian Politika newspaper ahead of his visit to Belgrade on Friday.

    "We warned that introducing into the international practice a model of declaring the independence of certain territories would create a precedent," the Russian foreign minister said.

    "We have stated many times that the western alliance led by the US has been broadly applying double standards of late thus violating the fundamental principles of the international law and without hesitating to directly interfere in the domestic affairs of sovereign states," he said.

    The consequences of this stance have affected the people of the former Yugoslavia, Iraq, Libya and today Ukraine where ultranationalists took power as a result of the February 2014 coup in Kiev backed by Washington and Brussels and "by their actions brought the country to the brink of collapse and unleashed the bloody civil war," he said.

    Amid those events, the citizens of Crimea "in full compliance with the norms of the international law," namely with the right of people to self-determination enshrined in Article 1 of the UN Charter and many other international documents, called at a referendum in March 2014 for proclaiming independence from Ukraine and rejoining Russia, Lavrov said.

    "In this context, the attempts to cast doubt on the Crimeans’ free expression of will by those who orchestrated Kosovo’s separation from Serbia, without any referendum, are purely absurd," he said.

    Lavrov stressed that Russia’s position on the Kosovo issue is simply clear and unchanged. "Solving this issue is possible only based on the international law and in the framework defined by the UN Security Council Resolution 1244," he said.

    Speaking on Belgrade’s efforts in this direction, Lavrov said "we would accept only those decisions that will satisfy Serbia." "On our part, we are ready to provide our Serbian partners with further necessary assistance," he stressed.
    Serbia is playing a delicate game of balancing the middle--meaning they want to be part and parcel of the EU but want the independence to do their own game with Russia--the EU has told them they basically must make a choice.

    Will be interesting to see how they finally swing--toward a fascistic Russia or towards travel free visas and economic development..

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    The Kosovar state media RTK is saying that Ali Ahmeti, most important ally of #Gruevski, has resigned. This is huge! http://www.rtklive.com/en/?id=2&r=1949

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