May 20, 1999 |
As many as 1,000 troops have deserted Yugoslavia's army units in Kosovo to return to their homes, in a new sign of growing internal strains on the Balkan nation's war effort, U.S. officials maintained Wednesday. The troops, apparently reservists, left in military vehicles after hearing that Yugoslav authorities had sought to suppress antiwar demonstrations that have sprung up this week in three towns in the dominant Yugoslav republic of Serbia, the officials said.
March 27, 2001 |
Jolted awake by a dawn barrage of tank and mortar fire, Muazam Zesnuli predicted, correctly, that his barn stood no chance against the Macedonian army. So he raced to free his herd--a horse, two cows and a donkey--before huddling with his wife and two children in their basement. Ten hours later, the ethnic Albanian family emerged unharmed to find the barn burned and the farmhouse pocked with bullets and littered with broken glass. But that was not the end of their ordeal.
August 4, 1998 |
Serbian forces overran another ethnic Albanian stronghold Monday and pressed their attacks elsewhere in Kosovo after a weekend of fighting that displaced tens of thousands of people. The seizure of Lausa and widespread shelling in the province comes just days after Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic vowed that his military push against the secessionist Kosovo Liberation Army was over.
August 20, 1998 |
Kiro Gligorov is due to retire next year with a claim to Balkan fame: He's the only statesman who led his people to independence from the Yugoslav federation without a shot fired. But with combat raging in what's left of Yugoslavia, Macedonia's 81-year-old president admits to worrying about whether that legacy will outlive him.
June 2, 1998 |
Thousands of villagers fled across the border to Albania on Monday, trying to escape heavy fighting in Serbia's Kosovo province amid reports that dozens of residents had been killed. Albania called on the United States and the European Union to intervene to end "the massacre in Kosovo," calling the fighting "the start of a war with tragical dimensions." Conflicting accounts of the number of casualties in Kosovo's sealed-off areas could not immediately be resolved.
June 4, 1998 |
Kosovo's ethnic Albanians pleaded Wednesday for NATO intervention to stop what they called a Serbian campaign of forced expulsions from their independence-seeking province. An additional 2,000 villagers poured across the border into Albania to escape the Serbian onslaught.
June 7, 1998 |
Serbian gunners shelled villages in Kosovo with heavy artillery Saturday, and fighting flared along the province's southern border with Macedonia. Four people were killed in the clashes, ethnic Albanian and Serbian sources said. The artillery attack targeted three villages in the Decani area, 45 miles west of Pristina, the provincial capital, said the Kosovo Information Center, which is close to Albanian leaders in the province.
June 15, 1998 |
Ethnic Albanian separatists killed two police officers Sunday as Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic was moving more troops to Kosovo in defiance of a Western ultimatum to demilitarize the embattled province. The rebels, some armed with mortars and rocket launchers, staged five daylight ambushes on military convoys. Seven government soldiers--five from the army and two from the militarized police--were wounded.
April 30, 1998 |
The United States and four European allies agreed Wednesday to freeze Yugoslav government funds in their banks to try to force President Slobodan Milosevic to end a growing assault on Albanian separatists in Kosovo province. The allies also held out incentives, offering to usher Milosevic's pariah nation into the United Nations, World Bank and other international bodies if he withdraws military forces from the embattled region and opens substantive peace talks with the rebels.
March 19, 1998 |
The West may have watched with shock and alarm as Slobodan Milosevic unleashed anti-terrorist special forces on a deadly rampage through ethnic Albanian villages. But for the Serbian leader, the move was the kind of classic power play that has typified his 10-year reign. Milosevic's recent actions reflected a series of shrewd calculations aimed at strengthening his hand at home, even though international condemnation would be loud and quick in coming.