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Bosnian War
Part of the Yugoslav Wars
Bosnian war
The Executive Council Building burns after being hit by tank fire in Sarajevo May 1992; Ratko Mladić with Army of Republika Srpska officers; a Norwegian UN soldier in Sarajevo.
Date 6 April 1992 – 14 December 1995
(3 years, 8 months, 1 week and 6 days)

Military stalemate

  • Internal partition of Bosnia and Herzegovina according to the Dayton Accords.
  • Over 101,000 dead, mainly Bosniaks.
  • First case of genocide in Europe since World War II.
  • Deployment of NATO-led forces to oversee the peace agreement.
  • Establishment of the Office of the High Representative to oversee the civilian implementation of the peace agreement.


 Bosnia and Herzegovina


Flag of Republika Srpska.svg Republika Srpska
 SFR Yugoslavia
 Serbian Krajina


 Bosnia and Herzegovina




Flag of Republika Srpska.svg Republika Srpska
 Serbian Krajina
AP Western Bosnia (from 1993)
Supported by:
 FR Yugoslavia


 Bosnia and Herzegovina
 NATO (bombing operations, 1995)


Flag of Republika Srpska.svg Republika Srpska
 Serbian Krajina
AP Western Bosnia
Supported by:
 FR Yugoslavia
Commanders and leaders

Bosnia and Herzegovina Alija Izetbegović
(President of Bosnia and Herzegovina) Bosnia and Herzegovina Haris Silajdžić
(Prime Minister of Bosnia and Herzegovina)
Bosnia and Herzegovina Sefer Halilović
(ARBiH Chief of Staff 1992–1993) Bosnia and Herzegovina Rasim Delić
(ARBiH Commander of the General Staff 1993–1995)
Bosnia and Herzegovina Enver Hadžihasanović
(ARBiH Chief of Staff 1992–1993)

NATO Leighton W. Smith
(Commander of AFSOUTH)

and others

Croatia Franjo Tuđman
(President of Croatia)
Croatia Gojko Šušak
(Minister of Defence of Croatia)
Croatia Janko Bobetko
(HV Chief of Staff)

Croatian Republic of Herzeg-Bosnia Mate Boban
(President of Herzeg-Bosnia)
Croatian Republic of Herzeg-Bosnia Milivoj Petković
(HVO Chief of Staff)

Croatian Republic of Herzeg-Bosnia Slobodan Praljak
(HVO Chief of Staff)
and others

Federal Republic of YugoslaviaSerbia Slobodan Milošević
(President of Serbia) Republika Srpska Radovan Karadžić
(President of Republika Srpska) Republika Srpska Ratko Mladić
(VRS Chief of Staff) Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Momčilo Perišić
(VJ Chief of Staff)

Fikret Abdić (President of AP Western Bosnia)

and others
110,000 troops
100,000 reserves
40 tanks
30 APCs
45,000–50,000 troops
75 tanks
50 APCs
200 artillery pieces
15,000 troops
80,000 troops
300 tanks
700 APCs
800 artillery pieces
AP Western Bosnia:
4,000–5,000 troops
Casualties and losses
30,521 soldiers killed
31,583 civilians killed
6,000 soldiers killed
2,484 civilians killed
21,173 soldiers killed
4,179 civilians killed
additional 5,100 killed whose ethnicity and status are unstated



The war in Bosnia and Herzegovina or Bosnian War is generally accepted name for an international military conflict in the area of Bosnia and Herzegovina, which lasted from April 6th 1992 to December 14th 1995, between Serbia and Montenegro, the Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina and the Croatia. This war is often appointed and as The aggression on Bosnia and Herzegovina and Civil War in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Bosnia and Herzegovina was formally indicted Serbia and Montenegro for genocide before the International Court of Justice. The Court 21st February 2007 published a judgment in which he concluded that the war have had international character.

It is estimated that in the nearly four-year war killed between 100,000 and 200,000 people, while over two million people to leave their homes. According to recent reports in the war has killed around 94,000 inhabitants, and displaced about 1.8 million. War is caused by a complex combination of the general political, social and security crisis in the country, which followed the end of the Cold War and the fall of the socialist system in Yugoslavia. The war ended with the signing Peace Agreement in Dayton, Ohio on 21 November 1995.

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Kids robot.svg In Spanish: Guerra de Bosnia para niños

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