Yugoslavia Bosnia War 1992-1995

  • April 1992

    The marking of the beginning of the war was Nationalist Serb snipers fire on peaceful demonstrators in Saravajo.
  • May 1992

    Bosnia-Heregovina was recognized as an independent state by the west. 16 people were killed by martar shell fired in the hills and U.N imposes sanctions on serb-led yugoslavia.
  • Summer 1992

    "Ethnic Cleansing" began and reports of concentration camps and mass rapes began.
  • 1993

    Serbs withdrew from some stragetic positions when US and NATO threaten air strikes. The firing began again when it became obvious that no action would be taken
  • Fall 1993

    Bosnian Government army makes some territorial gains against Croatian separatists with the arms supplied by the Serbs. Both Yugoslav and Croatian army are observed fighting in Bosnia. The breakaway Serb republic of Bosnia orders a general mobilization among all the Bosnian Serb refugees, planning for an all out assault to the end of war.
  • January 1994

    France, which has the most UN troops in Bosnia, calls NATO to use air strikes due to the humanitarian crisis in Bosnia. French philosopher, Bernard-Henri Levi and other intellectuals start a party "Europe Begins at Sarajevo", for the elections for the European Parliament.
  • Febuary 1994

    The market place massacre, which leaves 68 people dead and over 200 wounded in Sarajevo ignites public outcry against this and other atrocities leading NATO to issue ultimatum for Serbs to withdraw their artillery to 20 km from Sarajevo.
  • Summer 1994

    Bosnian Government army makes successful advances against separatist Serbs.
  • Fall 1994

    NATO "strikes back" and bombs the runways in the Serb held airport in Krajina from which bombing raids are flown. Serbs hold over 300 UN troops hostage against further air raids.
  • December 1994

    Former US President Jimmy Carter flies to Sarajevo to negotiate a 4 month cease fire with the warring parties. Cease fire does not affect Croat Serbs who continue the siege of Bihac.
  • January 28,1995

    1000th day of the siege of Sarajevo.
  • Febuary 15-22 1995

    Under the pressures from European allies, U.S. agrees to loosed economic sanctions against Yugoslavia, in return for Pres. Milosevic's recognition of territorial integrity of Croatia and Bosnia-Herzegovina. Milosevic refuses.
  • March 9,1995

    According to New York Times, a CIA report completed earlier in the year has concluded that 90% of the acts of "ethnic cleansing" were carried out by Serbs and that leading Serbian politicians almost certainly played a role in the crimes. The report is believed to be the most comprehensive United States assessment of the atrocities in Bosnia.