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More U.S. troops enter Kosovo

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The NATO peacekeeping force is expected to number 50,000



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Deployment going smoothly, commander says

June 15, 1999
Web posted at: 4:10 p.m. EDT (2010 GMT)


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Pace picks up

Deployment throughout night

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WASHINGTON (CNN) -- More U.S. peacekeepers entered Kosovo on Tuesday, a deployment that is continuing to go "very well" and should be complete in two more days, their commander said.

Separately, the Clinton administration said Yugoslavia is on schedule to withdraw all its troops and police from a designated zone in southern Kosovo by midnight.

Russia, meanwhile, has given Washington assurances it would not add to the 200 soldiers it has sent to Pristina, the provincial capital. "We received assurances at a variety of levels," State Department spokesman James Rubin told reporters in Washington.

The Russian deployment unsettled the allies and caused President Clinton to direct Defense Secretary William Cohen and Secretary of State Madeleine Albright to schedule talks in Helsinki, Finland, later in the week with their Russian counterparts.

Pace picks up

Some 20,000 troops -- around half the Yugoslav force in Kosovo -- have left or are on their way out. As they withdraw, about 15,000 NATO peacekeepers have come in, part of an international force expected to number 50,000.

As of Tuesday, about 2,000 Americans are currently in Kosovo, the vanguard of a U.S. force eventually to total 7,000.

Units from the Army and Marines "are continuing to deploy into Kosovo, into our sector of operations, and it is going very well," said U.S. Army Brig. Gen. Bantz Johnson "John" Craddock.

"The movement across the (Macedonian) border ... was going very slowly yesterday (Monday). That has picked up considerably today (Tuesday)," he said.

Deployment throughout night

Craddock, commander of the U.S. peacekeeping force in Kosovo, briefed reporters during a conference call at the Pentagon. He spoke from the Macedonian capital of Skopje.

He said the deployment of U.S. forces -- called Task Force Falcon -- "will continue throughout the night (and) well into tomorrow (Wednesday)."

It would probably be Thursday before all U.S. peacekeepers are in place in Kosovo, Craddock said.

The duties of the U.S. peacekeepers, he said, will include meeting with local officials in Kosovo in an attempt to defuse "delicate situations as much as possible."

In related developments on Tuesday:

  • More suspected mass graves in Kosovo have been revealed. Residents of Stari Kacanik showed CNN what they said was a burial site in their village, not far from Kacanik, a nearby town where other mass graves are being guarded by U.S. peacekeepers.

  • The first of about two dozen FBI agents may leave for Kosovo as early as Wednesday or Thursday. They are being sent to examine suspected massacre sites and help collect evidence for possible war crimes prosecutions.



    RELATED STORIES:
    U.S. tanks rumble to Pristina
    June 13, 1999
    Bosnia inspires compromise plan for Russian troops
    June 13, 1999
    Poll: Slim majority see Kosovo as Clinton victory
    June 13, 1999
    Shootings raise tensions in Kosovo
    June 13, 1999
    First relief convoy reaches Pristina
    June 13, 1999

    RELATED SITES:
    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:
      • 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


    Resettlement Agencies Helping Kosovars in U.S.:
      • Church World Service
      • Episcopal Migration Ministries
      • Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society
      • Iowa Department of Human Services
      • International Rescue Committee
      • Immigration and Refugee Services of America
      • Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service
      • United States Catholic Conference

    Relief:
      • World Relief
      • Doctors without borders
      • U.S. Agency for International Development (Kosovo aid)
      • 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
      • The Jewish Agency for Israel
      • Mercy International
      • UNHCR


    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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