On Monday, 55 US-made armored security vehicles were donated to Kosovo by the United States.
The U.S. has supported the KSF’s 3,400-troop force, which was converted into a regular army over two years ago. However, its name has not changed to Armed Forces as planned. This is the last donation
President Vjosa Olmani stated that the donation was yet another sign of the “special, close relationship” between the countries.
Kosovo sent an earlier this year a military platoon into Kuwait as its first participation in an international peacekeeping operation.
On Sunday, Kosovo also received a group from Afghanistan of 111 NATO-affiliated evacuees.
The KSF will have 5,000 troops and 3000 reservists in a decade. This is primarily to handle civil protection operations and crisis response.
Kosovo declared independence in 2008. This was almost a decade ago after a bloody 1998-1999 war between Serb forces and separatist ethnic Albanian rebels. It was finally ended by a NATO air campaign lasting 78 days. It is recognized by the majority of Western countries, but not Serbia and its allies Russia or China.