Tuesday, May 29, 2007

KFOR Destroys Thousands of Illegal Weapons

I was a bit preoccupied over the weekend with family business, but there was an interesting event at Camp Victory on the way to Gracanica.  KFOR destroyed approximately 4000 illegal weapons that had been seized during searches and checkpoints.  Many of the weapons would have made great museum pieces as WWI bolt-action rifles or mafia-style Tommy Guns were included in with the AK-47s and handguns.  It is sad that such historical pieces were destroyed, most probably could not be used safely.

It is estimated that there are some 40,000 illegal weapons in Kosovo.  That number includes everything from AK-47s to long-range sniper rifles illegally sent to Kosovo from the US.  Hand grenades and other UXOs are continually being found in fields and destroyed by KFOR.

In other news, I'm happy to announce that Kosova Airlines in partnership is Adriatic Eagle Air now has a direct flight from Pristina to New York- JFK for approximately 750 Euros round-trip.  Tickets can be booked online though their website or purchased at Reisburo Pristina near Illiria Hotel (and possibly across from OSCE).  The schedule appears to leave Pristina on Wednesday and return on Monday.