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Nato carried out its threat to bomb Serbia over Kosovo on 24 March 1999, attacking a sovereign European country for the first time in the alliance's history. The first images of the Nato action were the pictures of cruise missiles launched from ships in the Adriatic into the night towards Yugoslavia. By the following morning, reports and pictures of the damage began to emerge, with Serbian television showing pictures of the targets hit, in what was to become a familiar daily pattern.

"We're going to systematically and progressively attack, disrupt, degrade, devastate and ultimately, unless President Milosevic complies with the demands of the international community, we're going to destroy his forces and their facilities and support"
Nato Supreme Allied Commander in Europe, General Wesley Clark, speaking as the campaign began.