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May 19, 2001 | From Times Wire Reports
Macedonian army artillery targeted northern hillside rebel positions, shattering an unofficial cease-fire. But the guns fell silent after six volleys, suggesting that the government was honoring a pledge to act with restraint. The shells were fired at the villages of Slupcane, Orizare and Vaksince in the Kumanovo region near the border with the Yugoslav region of Kosovo. Government forces have been fighting ethnic Albanian insurgents in the area since the beginning of this month.
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June 23, 2001 | From Times Wire Reports
Macedonian troops attacked ethnic Albanian rebels with tanks and helicopter gunships, shattering an 11-day cease-fire and threatening talks aimed at averting civil war. The attack against rebel positions in Aracinovo and Nikustak followed allegations by President Boris Trajkovski that ethnic Albanian politicians were making demands that the Slav-led government could not accept.
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May 24, 2001 | From Associated Press
Detonations shook the hills above Tetovo on Wednesday, marking the resumption of fighting between ethnic Albanian insurgents and the army near Macedonia's second-largest city. Government authorities recently declared the rebels defeated in the northern region, but the sounds of battle reflected the insurgents' continued strength despite several major government offensives against them.
NEWS
May 24, 2001 | From Associated Press
Detonations shook the hills above Tetovo on Wednesday, marking the resumption of fighting between ethnic Albanian insurgents and the army near Macedonia's second-largest city. Government authorities recently declared the rebels defeated in the northern region, but the sounds of battle reflected the insurgents' continued strength despite several major government offensives against them.
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May 8, 2001 | From Times Staff and Wires
Macedonian troops battled ethnic Albanian rebels in northern villages and forced guerrillas to retreat across the border into Kosovo. The government said it had inflicted "serious losses." The fighting was also prompting civilians to flee, with about 300 refugees, primarily from the Kumanovo area, crossing the border into Kosovo, a U.N. official said. Kumanovo has been the center of the latest violence. Other civilians huddled in basements.
NEWS
May 6, 2001 | From Times Wire Reports
Macedonia's troops shelled positions of ethnic Albanian rebels while the president hurriedly examined political concessions to the Albanian minority aimed at averting civil war. A senior ethnic Albanian politician said there were unconfirmed reports that as many as 10 civilians had been killed in the latest upsurge in fighting.
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April 29, 2001 | From Associated Press
Ethnic Albanian militants ambushed Macedonian security forces on patrol near the tense boundary with Kosovo on Saturday, killing eight and wounding eight others, a military spokesman said. The attack marked the first time in weeks that fighting rocked the border area. The relative calm had followed a massive Macedonian government offensive to crush an ethnic Albanian insurgency.
NEWS
May 4, 2001 | Times Wire Services
Macedonian forces backed by helicopter gunships launched an offensive Thursday against ethnic Albanian rebels after two soldiers were killed and another was kidnapped in an ambush near the border with Yugoslavia. The rebels were holding as many as 2,000 villagers as "human shields" against government troops and had taken up positions in the upper floors of houses in villages near the city of Kumanovo, army spokesman Blagoja Markovski said.
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March 17, 2001 | PAUL WATSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Mortar shells exploded in the center of this embattled city for the first time Friday after several hours of withering fire from police units failed to stop an assault by ethnic Albanian guerrillas. At least four shells exploded about 3:15 p.m., one of them in the main intersection and another against the wall of a home, as the pitched battle spilled into the heart of Tetovo from the nearby mountains.
NEWS
March 25, 2001 | RICHARD BOUDREAUX, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Army helicopters swooped over a mountain within sight of this city and fired several rockets at suspected guerrilla hide-outs Saturday in the first air assault of Macedonia's month-old ethnic conflict. The government wasted little time deploying the two MI-24 attack helicopters after acquiring them Friday from Ukraine.
NEWS
May 19, 2001 | From Times Wire Reports
Macedonian army artillery targeted northern hillside rebel positions, shattering an unofficial cease-fire. But the guns fell silent after six volleys, suggesting that the government was honoring a pledge to act with restraint. The shells were fired at the villages of Slupcane, Orizare and Vaksince in the Kumanovo region near the border with the Yugoslav region of Kosovo. Government forces have been fighting ethnic Albanian insurgents in the area since the beginning of this month.
NEWS
May 13, 2001 | From Times Wire Services
Macedonia said it killed about 30 ethnic Albanian guerrillas Saturday in heavy bombardment of rebel-held villages and two nearby convoys, shattering a lull in fighting meant to give politicians a chance to resolve tensions. Mortar, machine-gun, rocket and tank fire rocked the village of Vaksince a day after the nation's leaders agreed to create a coalition government. Politicians haggled Saturday over key posts.
NEWS
May 10, 2001 | From Associated Press
Macedonian troops pounded suspected ethnic Albanian rebel positions with artillery Wednesday and besieged part of the border with Kosovo amid fading hopes for a political settlement. The chances that parties representing the majority Slavs and minority Albanians would form a national unity government dimmed Tuesday when a key ethnic Albanian party demanded that the offensive end before talks begin.
NEWS
May 8, 2001 | From Times Staff and Wires
Macedonian troops battled ethnic Albanian rebels in northern villages and forced guerrillas to retreat across the border into Kosovo. The government said it had inflicted "serious losses." The fighting was also prompting civilians to flee, with about 300 refugees, primarily from the Kumanovo area, crossing the border into Kosovo, a U.N. official said. Kumanovo has been the center of the latest violence. Other civilians huddled in basements.
NEWS
May 6, 2001 | From Times Wire Reports
Macedonia's troops shelled positions of ethnic Albanian rebels while the president hurriedly examined political concessions to the Albanian minority aimed at averting civil war. A senior ethnic Albanian politician said there were unconfirmed reports that as many as 10 civilians had been killed in the latest upsurge in fighting.
NEWS
May 4, 2001 | Times Wire Services
Macedonian forces backed by helicopter gunships launched an offensive Thursday against ethnic Albanian rebels after two soldiers were killed and another was kidnapped in an ambush near the border with Yugoslavia. The rebels were holding as many as 2,000 villagers as "human shields" against government troops and had taken up positions in the upper floors of houses in villages near the city of Kumanovo, army spokesman Blagoja Markovski said.
NEWS
May 13, 2001 | From Times Wire Services
Macedonia said it killed about 30 ethnic Albanian guerrillas Saturday in heavy bombardment of rebel-held villages and two nearby convoys, shattering a lull in fighting meant to give politicians a chance to resolve tensions. Mortar, machine-gun, rocket and tank fire rocked the village of Vaksince a day after the nation's leaders agreed to create a coalition government. Politicians haggled Saturday over key posts.
NEWS
June 23, 2001 | From Times Wire Reports
Macedonian troops attacked ethnic Albanian rebels with tanks and helicopter gunships, shattering an 11-day cease-fire and threatening talks aimed at averting civil war. The attack against rebel positions in Aracinovo and Nikustak followed allegations by President Boris Trajkovski that ethnic Albanian politicians were making demands that the Slav-led government could not accept.
NEWS
April 29, 2001 | From Associated Press
Ethnic Albanian militants ambushed Macedonian security forces on patrol near the tense boundary with Kosovo on Saturday, killing eight and wounding eight others, a military spokesman said. The attack marked the first time in weeks that fighting rocked the border area. The relative calm had followed a massive Macedonian government offensive to crush an ethnic Albanian insurgency.
NEWS
March 25, 2001 | RICHARD BOUDREAUX, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Army helicopters swooped over a mountain within sight of this city and fired several rockets at suspected guerrilla hide-outs Saturday in the first air assault of Macedonia's month-old ethnic conflict. The government wasted little time deploying the two MI-24 attack helicopters after acquiring them Friday from Ukraine.
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