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A-10 anti-tank planes used for first time in Yugoslavia, Pentagon says

Unmanned U.S. spy plane brought down over Kosovo

A-10 anti-tank plane
A-10 anti-tank plane

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April 7, 1999
Web posted at: 10:26 p.m. EDT (2226 GMT)

From Military Affairs Correspondent Jamie McIntyre

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- As NATO steps up the pace of its air attacks on Yugoslavia, the Pentagon disclosed Wednesday that tank-killing A-10 planes have been used to attack ground forces for the first time.

Also, for the second day in a row, planes from the USS Theodore Roosevelt, an aircraft carrier brought into the Adriatic Sea to beef up NATO firepower participated in raids over Yugoslavia.

An unmanned U.S. spy plane, a Hunter UAV, went down over Kosovo and is presumed to have been shot down, although evidence is "not conclusive," NATO officials said.

As one military official told CNN, "This is why we put UAVs in high-risk areas."

The Hunter, equipped with electro-optical and thermal imaging sensors, provides real-time intelligence to commanders on the ground. It costs $300,000 to $350,000.

Among the latest targets of the NATO air assault have been troop barracks, such as the Vrane Army Garrison in Serbia that the Pentagon says was severely damaged by laser-guided bombs.

But the big challenge now for U.S. and NATO forces is to find Yugoslav forces, who according to the Pentagon are hunkering down and hiding their tanks and artillery pieces in villages near churches and innocent civilians.

"It's not open terrain. It's not open desert. There aren't clear lines of where the bad guys are and the friendlies are," said Maj. Gen. Charles Wald, vice director of planning for the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

The weapon best suited for this kind of close-in combat -- the all-weather Apache attack helicopter -- is still weeks away from deployment in the Yugoslav theater. Pentagon sources say military planners are warning that it could be the end of the month before the Apaches and their support troops are in place in the mountains of northern Albania.

While some reports suggest that NATO's top commander, Gen. Wesley Clark, is angry about the delay, Pentagon officials insist that his request was approved within days of being received late last week.

"Whatever General Clarke feels he needs in order to carry out this campaign successfully, he will receive," said Defense Secretary William Cohen.


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RELATED SITES:
Extensive list of Kosovo-related sites
  • Kosovo

Yugoslavia:
  • Federal Republic of Yugoslavia official site
      • Kesovo and Metohija facts
  • Serbia Ministry of Information
  • Serbia Now! News

Kosovo:
  • Kosova Crisis Center
  • Kosova Liberation Peace Movement
  • Kosovo - from Albanian.com

Military:
  • F-117s arrive at Aviano to support possible NATO operations
  • NATO official site
  • BosniaLINK - U.S. Dept. of Defense
  • U.S. Navy images from Operation Allied Force
  • U.K. Ministry of Defence - Kosovo news
  • U.K. Royal Air Force - Kosovo news
  • Jane's Defence - Kosovo Crisis


Relief:
  • Doctors of the World
  • InterAction
  • International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies
  • International Committee of the Red Cross
  • Kosovo Humanitarian Disaster Forces Hundreds of Thousands from their Homes
  • Catholic Relief Services
  • Kosovo Relief
  • ReliefWeb: Home page


Media:
  • Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty
  • Independent Yugoslav radio stations B92
  • Institute for War and Peace Reporting
  • United States Information Agency - Kosovo Crisis

Other:
  • Expanded list of related sites on Kosovo
  • 1997 view of Kosovo from space - Eurimage
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