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Albanian Rebels Press Continued Attacks Against Serbian Forces in Balkans Conflict

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The two top US diplomats for Yugoslavia, James Perdue and William Montgomery have just arrived in the Serbian town ofBujanovac. They traveled there to observe the worsening situation on the ground where Albanian rebels, an offshoot ofthe Kosovo Liberation Army, have mounted increasing attacks. The diplomats’ visit comes hours after one of the mostserious attacks on Serbian and Yugoslav forces since the NATO bombing ended. These attacks have been occurring almostdaily since the end of the war and have increased dramatically in the last week. The Albanians are attacking from theeastern part of Kosovo, an area patrolled by US forces.

Democracy Now correspondent Jeremy Scahill was the only journalist permitted to travel with an elite unit of theSerbian special anti-terrorist police forces. He spent last night in a muddy trench with more than a dozen officersfrom the unit as mortars, bazookas and grenades exploded around them.

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