April 22, 1999
WASHINGTON (CNN) -- NATO has inflicted damage on all four major routes from the Serbian heartland to Kosovo, cutting supplies to Yugoslav forces by half, the Pentagon said Thursday.
"We continue to work on bridges, which are more difficult," Navy Rear Adm. Thomas Wilson said.
Despite the attacks, Yugoslav forces are "still responding to political guidance and still conducting operations," he said.
The Pentagon also said the early-morning NATO airstrike on one of Slobodan Milosevic's Belgrade homes was a justified attack on a military facility and not an attempt to kill the Yugoslav president and members of his family.
NATO described the Milosevic home that was attacked before dawn as a "presidential command post." Washington agreed. The residence is a military "command and control structure that includes bunkers," said Pentagon spokesman Ken Bacon.
"We are not targeting President Milosevic or the Serb people," Bacon said.
Yugoslavia's government-run news agency Tanjug said Milosevic and his family were not inside the white, two-story hillside mansion in Belgrade's Dedinje district at 4 a.m. (10 p.m. EDT Wednesday) when NATO missiles struck.
Bacon called the Milosevic home part of the "central nervous system of the regime, the command and control system, that controls (Yugoslavia's) military and security forces."
"Much of (Yugoslavia's) military and security forces are run out of a variety of residences, office buildings and other facilities throughout the country, particularly in the Belgrade area," Bacon said. "They're all interconnected with (Milosevic's) political party as well."
NATO says Milosevic spends each night in different bunkers in and around Belgrade.
"We are targeting the military and the military infrastructure that supports the instruments of oppression in Kosovo," Bacon said. "We've been very clear about that from the beginning. There's been no change of our policy."
Wilson, director of intelligence at the Pentagon, used charts and surveillance photographs at the briefing to demonstrate allied progress in the air campaign, now in its fifth week.
He said attacks from the 19-nation NATO alliance had:
Wilson also said Yugoslav troops in Kosovo were facing a "resurgent Kosovo Liberation Army" in addition to the threat of NATO air-to-ground strikes. Although Yugoslav forces were still operational, they were not conducting "high-tempo or high-impact combat operations," he added.
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