Operation KOBOLD

Operation KOBOLD is a Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) mission in Kosovo. It is Canada’s role in the Kosovo Force (KFOR). KFOR is a NATO-led peace-support operation.

How many people are deployed?

Five CAF members are currently deployed on Operation KOBOLD.

What are they doing?

They provide logistic and headquarters support. The Task Force Commander is also the chief of the NATO Joint Logistics Operation Center.

Their efforts support KFOR’s mandate to maintain:

  • a safe and secure environment in Kosovo
  • freedom of movement for all

History and context of the operation

KFOR is currently made up of approximately 4 000 troops from 28 nations. NATO has been slowly changing KFOR’s force posture over time to adapt to the environment. The force is being made smaller and more flexible. This change has been done in small steps as the security in the area has improved. 

Canadian Armed Forces’ relationship with KFOR

Canada is a NATO member and has contributed to KFOR since 2008.

Timeline of key events

  • KFOR was formed following Operation ALLIED FORCE. This was the NATO air campaign of March 23 to June 10, 1999.
  • NATO launched ALLIED FORCE to compel Serbia to cease military action against the Kosovo Liberation Army (Ushtria Çlirimtare e Kosovës). This conflict had caused a humanitarian crisis in Kosovo.
  • On June 10, 1999, KFOR was formed as an international security force.
  • Kosovo declared independence from the Republic of Serbia on February 17, 2008.

Past deployments

Canada took part in the NATO air campaign in 1999 under Operation KINETIC.

Links

Government of Canada

Government of Kosovo

International missions

Pertinent documents

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