It has been a little over a month now since the Kosovo riots. The road in front of UN MHQ opened last week and things appear to have returned to normal...at least on the surface. I like to think of Kosovo as a duck on the pond. Everything looks calm on top but underneath, the feet are moving a mile a minute. The checkpoint basically in my front yard remains and appears to be a semi-permanent fixture at the entrance to Gracanica. I wouldn't be surprised if the checkpoint remains until the end of the summer. The road closes from 8pm to 6am with razor-wire dragged across the road.
Tragically, three international police officers were shot and killed (11 others injured) in a shoot-out in the Mitrovica Detention Center, allegedly over a discussion about Iraq. Two female American CivPols were killed and the Jordanian that was accused of starting the gun-fight...the 11 injured include one Austrian and the rest are Americans.