Today in History, Aug. 8

Wikipedia / krig42.livejournal.comThe destroyed peacekeepers' barracks in South Ossetia

Five years ago today, on Aug. 8, 2008, Georgia embarked on a military offensive in South Ossetia, a disputed region in the South Caucasus. Georgia's actions sparked the start of a four-day war against Russia, resulting in the deaths of more than 1,500 civilians.