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December 31, 1995 | TRACY WILKINSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
While commanders of the NATO-led peace force in Bosnia can look back on an initial phase in which they have achieved their military objectives with unexpected ease, their performance on the political front has generated troubling questions. Contradictory statements from senior leaders of NATO's Implementation Force, known as IFOR, have sowed confusion at a potentially explosive time, when bitter enemies are being obliged to find peace.
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December 31, 1995 | TRACY WILKINSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
While commanders of the NATO-led peace force in Bosnia can look back on an initial phase in which they have achieved their military objectives with unexpected ease, their performance on the political front has generated troubling questions. Contradictory statements from senior leaders of NATO's Implementation Force, known as IFOR, have sowed confusion at a potentially explosive time, when bitter enemies are being obliged to find peace.
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June 7, 1996 | From Times Wire Reports
President Clinton has nominated Vice Adm. Joseph Lopez to replace Adm. Leighton W. Smith as commander of North Atlantic Treaty Organization forces in Bosnia and Southern Europe and of U.S. naval forces in Europe, the Pentagon announced. Navy Capt. Michael Doubleday, a Pentagon spokesman, said Smith, 56, had already served well beyond the normal end of his tour in April and that Lopez, also 56, will probably take over in a matter of weeks.
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January 21, 1996 | Reuters
The commander of NATO forces in Bosnia-Herzegovina said Saturday the mission is now in a position to become more actively involved in monitoring suspected mass grave sites in the Balkan nation and in providing a secure environment for the investigation of those sites by international agencies. U.S. Navy Adm. Leighton W.
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January 3, 1996 | Reuters
The commander of NATO forces in Bosnia went on Bosnian Serb television Tuesday to try to convince Serbs that the alliance will not be biased against them in implementing the country's peace deal. "The principle we operate on is one of complete evenhandedness across the board," U.S. Adm. Leighton W. Smith told his interviewer in a 90-minute live appearance from studios in the separatist Serb stronghold of Pale, outside Sarajevo.
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December 29, 1995 | From a Times Staff Writer
Implementing a recent U.N. Security Council resolution, President Clinton on Thursday ordered the suspension of economic sanctions against Serbia and Montenegro, the two states that remain in the rump Yugoslavia. Clinton made it clear that the suspension was a reward for Serbian President Slobodan Milosevic's role in the Dayton, Ohio, negotiations that led to an agreement ending the war in Bosnia-Herzegovina.
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February 29, 1996 | Times Staff Writer
The resolve of the NATO-led peacekeeping force to apprehend indicted war crimes suspects was called into question Wednesday when NATO officials acknowledged that troops had encountered Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic but did not detain him. NATO officials said peacekeeping troops spotted Karadzic four or five times Tuesday in the northern town of Banja Luka, where the Bosnian Serb leader keeps an office and where U.N.
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January 17, 1996 | From Reuters
French peacekeepers seized water and power plants in Greater Sarajevo on Tuesday to prevent sabotage, as NATO's commander sought to reassure Serbs that they will be safe during the transfer of their areas to Bosnian government control. Officials of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization said that 150 French soldiers, backed by 30 armored vehicles, took up positions before 8 a.m. at four installations in Serb-held suburbs to the west of the city. French forces have responsibility for Sarajevo.
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February 20, 1996 | DEAN E. MURPHY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
After an embarrassing no-show at a highly publicized meeting aboard a U.S. aircraft carrier Monday, a top Bosnian Serb general agreed to meet with a NATO commander today, alliance officials announced Monday night. The absence of Bosnian Serb Maj. Gen. Zdravko Tolimir, deputy commander of the Bosnian Serb army, at a military planning session aboard the carrier George Washington came just a day after his attendance had been guaranteed at a peace summit in Rome.
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December 28, 1995 | From a Times Staff Writer
In a new twist in the already bewildering Balkan conflict, U.S. military forces will begin using airport facilities in Belgrade--the capital of Serbia--as a staging area for American troops being sent to Bosnia for peacekeeping duty, the Pentagon said Wednesday. Three or four huge U.S.
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September 23, 1995 | ART PINE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The United States suffered its first military casualties in Bosnia earlier this month as two Air Force commandos were wounded in a failed attempt by NATO to rescue two French pilots, NATO officials said Friday. The Americans, whose names were withheld because they belong to an Air Force special operations team in the region, have been treated and returned to the United States. One received a knee wound; the other suffered a shrapnel wound in the back. The two were part of a team of U.S.
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