Kosovo: Regional Command West concludes Eagle Nine

(To Greater Defense)

The Eagle Nine, led by Regional Command - West (RC-W), based on the 9th alpine regiment, with the aim of increasing the presence of KFOR, along theAdministrative Boundary Line (ABL) and in the more remote areas of Kosovo.

The activity, which lasted a total of 3 days, saw the use of military personnel and means in the most remote and difficult to access areas of western Kosovo, characterized by a mountainous and non-permissive environment. In this context, the Alpini, thanks to the intrinsic capabilities of the mountain troops, monitored the territory and prevented illicit trafficking through the border areas.

The Italian units of KFOR, integrated by Macedonian, Albanian and Moldovan platoons, set up observation posts, supported by day and night motorized patrols in the territories of the municipalities of Istok, Strpce, Orahovac, Elez Han, Kacanik and Dragash.

During the conduct, following the simulation of an explosion, a KFOR dog unit was used, specialized in the search for explosive devices which opened a safe corridor for the transit of troops and personnel rescue.

The "Eagle Nine", as evidenced by Colonel Mario Bozzi, commander of the Regional Command West, represented a fundamental opportunity to increase the level of preparation of the multinational structures of RC-W, creating the conditions for the optimization of the procedures adopted by the units employed.

As part of the NATO-KFOR mission, Italy's contribution is today the highest among the 27 participating countries. The Italian contingent, as established by the United Nations Security Council resolution 1244, works to guarantee security and stability and to ensure the maintenance of a safe environment for all communities in Kosovo.