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Turkish troops continue to patrol border region between Kosovo, Serbia


Turkish troops serving in NATO’s peacekeeping mission in Kosovo (KFOR) continue to patrol the border region between Kosovo and Serbia to ensure security.

Photos of their patrolling activity were shared on KFOR’s social media account.

The post emphasized that KFOR continues to fully implement its mandate to ensure a safe and secure environment and freedom of movement for all communities in Kosovo.

KFOR increased its presence and patrol activities in the region following the latest tensions between the government in Pristina and local Serbs.

KFOR troops deployed in Kosovo on June 12, 1999 following a decision by the UN Security Council to ensure security and stability.

The mission has more than 4,500 military personnel from 27 countries, including from 21 NATO members and six non-NATO partner countries.

Türkiye has the second-largest contingent in KFOR, contributing at least 780 soldiers.

Kosovo declared independence from Serbia in 2008 and was recognized by many countries, including Türkiye. But Belgrade has never recognized Kosovo and claims it is still part of neighboring Serbia.