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Yugoslavia / Kosovo / NATO Bombing / Refugees #629338

NBC Evening News for Saturday, Apr 17, 1999
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(Studio: Sara James) The two ongoing wars in Kosovo introduced.

(Kukes, Albania: Bob Faw) The continuing exodus of Albanian refugees from Kosovo featured; scenes shown of the people on the move and in tent camps. [Five REFUGEES (middle three through translator) - describe a Serb assault, their bad situation, wanting to fight, the life they wanted.] [Balkans expert Geoffrey STERN - says the KLA cannot defend because of lack of arms.]

(Studio: Sara James) The continued NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) bombing noted.

(Aviano, Italy: Kerry Sanders) Signs that the NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) battle lines could spread into Albanian featured; scenes shown of last night's NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) air strikes. [NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) supreme commander General Wesley CLARK - says Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic has invaded Albania.] [NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) spokesman Jamie SHEA - cites evidence of Serb atrocities.] Investigation into whether NATO hit more than one civilian convoy noted. [Navy Capt Steve PIETROPAOLI - admits the wrong pilot audiotape was released.]

(Studio: Sara James) Report introduced.

(White House: John Palmer) The administration's strategy for Kosovo reviewed; scenes shown of anti-war protests outside the White House and in New York City and of the arrival of a relief convoy in Pristina, Yugoslavia. [Yugoslav ambassador to United Nations Vladislav JOVANOVIC - says NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) underestimated the Yugoslav people.] [Brookings Institution Susan WOODWARD, Representative Eliot ENGEL - assess Milosevic and the Kosovo situation.]

(Studio: Sara James) Report introduced.

(Pentagon: Chip Reid) The new direction for the NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) air war with the use of Apache attacks helicopters and A-10 tank killers to try to turn the air war in Kosovo around previewed; animated diagram and file footage of the 'copters shown. [Retired Army General Tom KELLY, retired Major General Perry SMITH - explain the helicopters' capabilities.] [Retired British army Colonel Mike DEWAR - explains how the A-10 works.]

(Studio: Sara James) Coverage of the crisis in Kosovo on tomorrow's Meet the Press cited.

Faw, Bob;
James, Sara;
Palmer, John;
Reid, Chip;
Sanders, Kerry

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