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Florin Krasniqi immigrated to the United States from Kosovo by sneaking across the Mexican border in the trunk of a white Cadillac on Christmas Eve, 1998. Once in the U.S., he started his own business, fell in love, married, and bought a house. But he did not forget the country he left behind. In 1996, when one of his cousins joined the Kosovo Liberation Army, then an underground movement of a few dozen men with the vain hope of securing Kosovo’s independence from Serbia, Krasniqi chipped in to help.

Over the next two years, Krasniqi helped to raise tens of millions of dollars for the rebel force through a network of Albanian émigrés living in the U.S. Soon he began visiting gun shows across America and running weapons and other supplies to the rebels. All the while he was also lobbying some of Washington's most powerful politicians. Eventually he helped recruit American volunteers, some of whom left the New York area to fight for a homeland they hardly knew.

Be Not Afraid, For You Have Sons in America tells the remarkable story of how a small group of young men started a guerrilla army that lured the world’s most powerful military alliance into fighting a war and changed the course of history in the Balkans forever.


Members of the Jashari family before and after a 1998 Serb-led massacre (left)

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