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Germany at war

A US F-15E Strike Eagle takes off from its Italian base
A US F-15E Strike Eagle takes off from its Italian base. Photo: DoD (US)

Efforts at mediation between the Serb government in Belgrade and the political leaders of the Kosovar Albanians finally failed at the conference of Rambouillet in France. Paul Hockenos describes what followed:

On March 24, 1999, NATO aircraft took off from bases in northern Italy to bomb Serbia into submission. The first sortie included four Tornado jets flown by German pilots. Germany was in a shooting war for the first time in fifty-four years

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