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August 2, 1999 | SCOTT GLOVER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Garry Day and Ray Russell fully realized the extent of the lawlessness in postwar Kosovo three weeks ago, the day their downtown apartment here was burglarized. It wasn't so much the burglary that bothered the two men. It was being shaken down at gunpoint by two other criminals as they waited for NATO's military police to respond to the break-in.
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August 2, 1999 | SCOTT GLOVER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Garry Day and Ray Russell fully realized the extent of the lawlessness in postwar Kosovo three weeks ago, the day their downtown apartment here was burglarized. It wasn't so much the burglary that bothered the two men. It was being shaken down at gunpoint by two other criminals as they waited for NATO's military police to respond to the break-in.
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June 9, 2000 | From Associated Press
A former Bosnian Serb paramilitary commander was killed by a man shooting from a passing car in Bijeljina, local police said Thursday. Ljubica Savic, 42, who went by the nickname Mauser, served during the 1992-95 Bosnian war as commander of Serbian paramilitary troops called the Panthers and was a supporter of the Serbian Democratic Party of Radovan Karadzic, a top war crimes suspect.
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December 10, 1999 | ANN O'NEILL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Former Los Angeles Deputy Police Chief Mark Kroeker, who was passed over for the department's top job two years ago, has been named chief of Portland's 1,300-member police force. Kroeker, 55, will begin his $130,000-a-year job Dec. 22, Portland Mayor Vera Katz announced Thursday. With his wife of 34 years, Diane, at his side, Kroeker met the public for the first time Thursday, vowing to listen to community and police concerns as he learns his new job.
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December 27, 1998 | MARK KROEKER
Upon reporting for duty at the United Nations headquarters in Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina, I was immediately overwhelmed by the staggering amount of information I was required to absorb.
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March 6, 1997 | ANNA HUSARSKA, Anna Husarska is a political analyst for the International Crisis Group, a nongovernmental organization monitoring the implementation of the Dayton Peace Agreement; she is on leave at Stanford University
Secretary of Defense William Cohen, visiting Bosnia this week as part of his first overseas tour, will no doubt hear ample praise of U.S. troops' role in implementing, as part of a NATO force, military aspects of the peace agreement reached in talks in Dayton, Ohio, two years ago. The warring factions were separated, open warfare ceased and there have been no U.S. combat losses.
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October 21, 1997 | MATT LAIT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Los Angeles Police Department Deputy Chief Mark Kroeker, who was passed over for the department's top job two months ago despite the overwhelming support of rank-and-file officers, said Monday he is retiring to accept a job with the United Nations' peacekeeping effort in Bosnia.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 28, 1997 | SCOTT GLOVER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Outgoing Los Angeles Deputy Police Chief Mark Kroeker hunkered over his living room coffee table, peering down at a map of Bosnia and speaking energetically about the region's political complexities and challenges when suddenly he stopped in mid-sentence. "It makes me feel like a rookie again," he observed between packing suitcases of spare clothes, classical music recordings and family photographs. "I feel the excitement I did just before I joined the LAPD."
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March 1, 2002 | DAVID HOLLEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
NATO-led peacekeepers staged a dramatic helicopter raid on two remote mountain villages Thursday but failed to capture Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic, who is wanted on war crimes charges by a U.N. tribunal. The raid began when four helicopters landed near the southern Bosnian village of Celebici. Black-masked soldiers stormed out to search houses and other buildings, breaking through locks or doors when necessary, local residents told reporters who later visited the scene.
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August 29, 1999 | MARK KROEKER, Mark Kroeker retired as a deputy chief of the Los Angeles Police Department in 1997 to become deputy commissioner of the International Police Task Force under the United Nations Mission in Bosnia-Herzegovina. He currently serves as the law enforcement member of the American Palestinian Israeli Anti-Incitement Committee established by the Wye River Memorandum. He is a recipient of the first Sherwood Family Prize for Combatting Hatred, offered in conjunction with the Anti-Defamation League
In 1998, on a beautiful springtime day in the little town of Drvar, in the western mountainous region of Bosnia and Herzegovina, I stood in the uniform of a deputy commissioner of the United Nations International Police Task Force, amid the charred remains of the Trninic family home. A few nights before, the Serb couple, in their 50s, had returned home after earlier being made refugees by the war.
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