Operation Allied Force – NATO Air strikes against Yugoslavia

Operation Allied Force was the military response of NATO to the 1999 Kosovo crisis, and the first major combat operation in NATO history. On March 24, 1999, NATO launched an attack on Yugoslavia, making good on a long-standing threat to strike if Serbs refused to sign a peace plan for Kosovo.The assault included air- and sea-launched cruise missiles and bombing runs by American, German and French aircraft.


Operation Allied Force – NATO Air strikes against Yugoslavia

Operation Allied Force Objective: Statement of William S. Cohen, Secretary of Defense, to the Senate Armed Services Committee on 15 April 1999: „Our military objective is to degrade and damage the military and security structure that President Milosevic has used to depopulate and destroy the Albanian majority in Kosovo.“

Allied Force

  • Time of initial attack: 2:00 PM EST, 24 March 1999.
  • Suspension of bombing: 10:00 AM EST, 10 June 1999.
  • Bombing campaign halted: 10:50 AM EST, 20 June 1999.


  • Operation Allied Force blasts Yugoslavia – March 24, 1999
  • NATO attack on Yugoslavia begins – March 24, 1999
  • Milosevic tells citizens to defend Yugoslavia – March 24, 1999
  • NATO orders military strikes against Yugoslavia – March 23, 1999
  • Yugoslavia agrees to withdraw forces from Kosovo – Pullout to begin Thursday
  • Stealth Nighthawk downed in Yugoslavia – Rescued pilot safe in Italy as NATO campaign continues
  • Two jets crash in Kosovo campaign – 2 NATO warplanes down in Kosovo operation
  • Yugoslavia accepts peace deal on Kosovo – Skeptical NATO continues bombing
  • B-2 stealth bombers make combat debut
  • President Clinton thanks personnel in support of U.S. and NATO operations
  • Operation Allied Force – How Dutch F-16AMs shot down a Mig-29
  • Operation Allied Force Pilots Down Three Serb Fighters
  • Wreckage of a downed Yugoslav MiG-29 fighter – March 27, 1999
  • Operation Allied Force – The air strikes in pictures
  • The New York Times – Complete Coverage of NATO Airstrikes in Yugoslavia – June 1999
  • The New York Times – Complete Coverage of NATO Airstrikes in Yugoslavia – May 1999
  • The New York Times – Complete Coverage of NATO Airstrikes in Yugoslavia – April 1999
  • The New York Times – Complete Coverage of NATO Airstrikes in Yugoslavia – March 1999
  • U.S. and Allied Troops Flow into Kosovo
  • Joint statement on the Kosovo After Action Review presented by Secretary of Defense William S. Cohen and Gen. Henry H. Shelton
  • NATO Air strikes against Yugoslavia – Operation Allied Force Movies
  • UN Final Report to the NATO Bombing Campaign Against the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia
  • Historic day for Germany – German planes took part in the first strikes
  • U.S. Naval Lessons Learned During Operation Allied Force, March-June 1999
  • Lessons Learned from Operation Allied Force – Kosovo
  • Jane’s Defence – Articles on the Kosovo crisis during March – June 1999
  • Human Rights Watch – Civilian Deaths In The NATO Air Campaign
  • U.S. Naval forces participate in Operation Allied Force
  • Photo Library – NATO in Kosovo – 12 June 1999 – Paratroops of the 1st Battalion The Parachute Regiment take cover as they prepare to embark on the Puma Helicopters of 33 Squadron RAF.
  • U.S. F-117 Stealth Fighter Is Downed in Yugoslavia
  • Map Of Sites As Being Targeted By Ordnance Containing Depleted Uranium during the 1999 Kosovo Conflict
  • NATO’s Area of Depleted Uranium Expenditure Map in Kosovo
  • NATO Unclassified – Use of Depleted Uranium Ammunition in Kosovo
  • Text of NATO Chief´s Statement on Airstrikes Against Yugoslavia
  • Text of Gerhard Schröder Statement on Airstrikes Against Yugoslavia
  • Clinton Adress to the Nation on NATO Airstrikes – March 24, 1999
  • Text of Clinton´s videotaped address to the Serbian people – March 26, 1999
  • Clinton addresses the nation on Juni 10, 1999
  • NATO Declares the Air War Is Over
  • Serb Forces Begin Pullout – NATO Halts Strikes
  • NATO Peace Force Hastens Into Kosovo – June 12, 1999
  • Pristina Police Station Holds Tools of Torture – June 18, 1999
  • Task Force Falcon – Bondsteel Camp – US Army in Kosovo
  • Task Force Falcon – Monteith Camp – US Army in Kosovo



Kosovo Campaign Medal

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President Clinton has approved establishment and award of the Kosovo Campaign Medal and campaign streamers to recognize the accomplishments of our military servicemembers who participated in or were in direct support of the Kosovo operations within established areas of eligibility. Individuals authorized the medal must have participated in or served in direct support of one or more of the following Kosovo operations: Allied Force, Joint Guardian, Allied Harbor, Sustain Hope/Shining Hope, Noble Anvil, or Kosovo Task Force Hawk, Task Force Saber, or Task Force Hunter within the Kosovo Air Campaign or Kosovo Defense Campaign area of eligibility. The Kosovo Air Campaign began on March 24, 1999, and ended on June 10, 1999. The area of eligibility is the total land area and air space of Serbia (including Kosovo), Montenegro, Albania, Macedonia, Bosnia, Croatia, Hungary, Romania, Greece, Bulgaria, Italy and Slovenia; and the waters and air space of the Adriatic and Ionian Sea north of 39 degrees North latitude.

The Kosovo Defense Campaign began on June 11, 1999, and will end on a date to be determined. DoD photo by Staff Sgt. John G. Valceanu, U.S. Army. (Released)

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