A Macedonian military review.
Macedonia was perhaps the most fortunate of the former Yugoslavian republics following the breakup of the communist state. Macedonia’s bid for independence was peaceful, and minor border disputes with Yugoslavia were resolved amicably. Preemptively, Macedonia requested a small military force to be deployed by the UN, UNPREDEP, to monitor her borders.
However, UNPREDEP left Macedonia in February, 1999, and, with the Kosovo War just picking up steam, over 300,000 Kosovar Albanian refugees streamed over the border into Macedonia starting in March. The massive influx led to agitation by the KLA of the up to then peaceful ethnic Albanian minority within Macedonia, and an eventual low level insurgency in the border regions with Kosovo in 2001 led by the Albanian National Liberation Army.