July 30, 2000 |
A U.S. soldier scheduled to stand trial this week for the killing of an 11-year-old ethnic Albanian girl in Kosovo has changed his strategy and pleaded guilty, a military spokeswoman said Saturday. Staff Sgt. Frank J. Ronghi, 36, entered the plea late Friday at the request of his defense lawyer and will be sentenced Monday, the day his trial was to start, said Hilde Patton, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Army's 5th Corps.
January 17, 2000 |
An American soldier serving with the international peacekeeping force in Kosovo was charged Sunday with sexually assaulting and killing an 11-year-old ethnic Albanian girl, the U.S. military announced. Staff Sgt. Frank J. Ronghi is accused of murder and indecent acts with a child, Col. Ellis Golson told reporters. It is the first time a peacekeeper from any country has been accused of such serious crimes since the 50,000-strong NATO-led peacekeeping force entered the province June 12.
September 22, 2000 |
They are taught to be prepared for an attack at any moment, to return fire when threatened, to win with overwhelming force. This conditioning produces elite U.S. combat troops. But some experts have disputed whether it is the best preparation for the peacekeeping missions that combat troops often take on in the world today. And an official Army report now gives added support to their view.
September 19, 2000 |
They were sent to Kosovo to keep the peace. But sometimes, these U.S. soldiers also kidnapped people, threatened them with knives and guns, beat them and spat on them. Sometimes, they made them lie on the icy ground and stepped on them if they complained. And once, they dug a hole in front of a man and told him it would be his grave--unless he did as they said.
September 30, 2000 |
First came the groan of armored vehicles and the roar of combat helicopters descending from the night sky. Before Xhejlane Shabiu was fully awake, dozens of battle-ready troops had burst into her house, swearing and gesturing with their weapons for her startled family to line up against the wall. "They just kept screaming at us, and the children began crying," the 36-year-old Kosovo Albanian recalls of the incident in May, when she was four months pregnant.