May 3, 1995 |
War reached this European capital Tuesday as rebel Serbs bombarded the heart of Zagreb in deadly revenge for a fierce Croatian army offensive that was swiftly driving Serbs from a four-year stronghold. The Croatian government late Tuesday said it had successfully recaptured part of the land seized by rebel Serb separatists in their 1991 war of secession. But earlier, Serb rocket attacks on the capital killed five people, wounded 120 and sowed terror in a city that had believed itself safe.
July 27, 2001 |
The U.N. war crimes tribunal announced Thursday that it has indicted a Croatian general, the second one in as many days. Both men are considered heroes in Croatia for defending the country during a war with Serbs in the early 1990s. As the arrest warrant for retired Gen. Ante Gotovina was being unsealed, Gen. Rahim Ademi pleaded innocent to charges of crimes against humanity.
July 16, 1993 |
Serbian militants in the occupied Krajina region Thursday launched their most punishing assault in Croatia since late 1991, blasting more than 70 shells into this front-line city and threatening to attack the nearby capital of Zagreb with Scud-type missiles. U.N.
November 30, 1991 |
In what appeared to be conciliatory moves to secure a U.N. peacekeeping mission, the Serbian-led federal army Friday began pulling out of two bases near Zagreb, and Croatia's president conceded that U.N. troops should be allowed to patrol his republic's war zones. Both gestures raised hopes that conditions might be created for foreign intervention to halt the Yugoslav civil war, which has taken at least 7,000 lives in five months.
August 25, 1995 |
U.N. Secretary General Boutros Boutros-Ghali on Thursday proposed the withdrawal of most international peacekeepers from Croatia now that victorious Croatian troops have frightened hordes of Serbs into fleeing disputed territory once patrolled by the United Nations. In a report to the Security Council, he recommended keeping just two battalions of U.N. troops in the tense area of Eastern Slavonia, the major remaining Serb-controlled territory in Croatia.
October 15, 1995 |
A United Nations general has released a detailed report of Croatian atrocities against Serbs in Croatia's Krajina region and blamed the Croatian government for failing to prevent a "scorched-earth campaign." Brig. Gen. Alain Forand of Canada gave details of murders of elderly civilians, looting and house burning in a departure statement as he ended his mission as head of a U.N. peacekeeping contingent in the area.
October 9, 1995 |
They found Sava Babic's body in the back of her broken-down yellow Fiat, her legs and a walking cane protruding from a rear door. The 82-year-old Serbian woman had been shot in the cheek. She was discovered by the same team of U.N. civilian police officers who had visited her three days earlier and had heard her complaints about Croatian soldiers trying to steal her car. The U.N. officers were bringing food to Babic when they found her.
February 24, 1995 |
Despite diplomatic pressure, Croatian President Franjo Tudjman is refusing to back away from his decision to expel U.N. peacekeepers from his country next month. The move is part of a high-risk strategy to regain Croatian territory lost to Serbian forces more than three years ago.
November 24, 1992 |
It took the U.S. Army only five days to erect a sprawling field hospital at Zagreb Airport, yet before the soldiers could change from coveralls to scrubs, they were confronted with their first emergency. A Croatian bulldozer driver working under contract with the Mobile Army Surgical Hospital, or M.A.S.H., stumbled over a land mine buried by the Yugoslav People's Army when it beat a hasty retreat from the Croatian capital more than a year ago.
November 13, 1993 |
Black bricks for the dead and red bricks for the missing have been layered three feet high into a wall surrounding the headquarters of the U.N. Protection Force in this Croatian capital. Construction of the "altar of Croatian victims" drew little more than raised eyebrows when it began weeks ago as a protest by refugees against the peacekeepers' failure to help them recover homes and territory seized by Serbian rebels two years ago.