1995 - Operation Deliberate Force


Early in the morning of Aug. 30, 1995,  NATO aircraft launched a series of precision strikes against selected targets in Serb-held Bosnia and Herzegovina. The NATO air attacks were in response to warring factions' violations of UN mandates regarding safe zones and increased factional fighting. The factions also targeted NATO and UN aircraft and ground troops.  The NATO air campaign ended on Sep. 20, 1995, after the Bosnian Serb forces sued for peace.  Bosnian peace negotiations followed and the so-called Dayton Accord was signed in Paris, France, on Dec. 14, 1995.

Read this article published in the Spring 201 issue of Air Power History, by Benjamin S. Lambeth: Reflections on the Balkan Air Wars.