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A Closer Look (Kosovo: NATO Bombing Campaign) #185687

ABC Evening News for Thursday, Apr 15, 1999
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(Studio: Peter Jennings) Report introduced.

(New York: Ned Potter) The difficulties facing F-16 pilots during the NATO bombing runs over Kosovo examined in light of the accidental attack on a convoy of Albanian refugees; scenes shown from the cockpit. [Voice of NATO F-16 PILOT - recounts making sure that the vehicles are military.] [Jane's Defence Weekly Bryan BENDER - cites quick-second decisions.] The reasons why the F-16 is the wrong plane for this kind of mission noted. [Brookings Institution Michael O'HANLON - cites the problems of planes flying so high.]

(Studio: Peter Jennings) Interview held with ABC News military analyst Tony Cordesman about the NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) bombing campaign. [CORDESMAN - says only a small number of fixed targets have been hit; criticizes the reports of "damaged" and "destroyed" targets; indicates the key problem is cutting off supplies which means the refugees are then being used as human shields.]

(Studio: Peter Jennings) United States request that NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) stop all ships in the Adriatic Sea headed for Yugoslavian ports to find fuel and other material that would help the Serb war effort noted.

Jennings, Peter;
Potter, Ned

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