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Serb refugees drive one of thousands of tractors fleeing Pristina on June 18. (Reuters)
Following are key Post stories chronicling the situation in Yugoslavia.

Tuesday, June 29, 1999
Kosovo Rebels Turn in Weapons
Kosovo Liberation Army rebels turned hundreds of automatic rifles and other weapons over to NATO before a midnight deadline Monday, and allied officials said they were satisfied that the group is complying with last week's agreement calling for its eventual demilitarization.
Remaining Serbs In Anguish
Rivals Fight for Jobs in Kosovo

Monday, June 28, 1999
Air War Exposed Arms Gap Within NATO
The success of the air campaign against Yugoslavia was tempered by the stark realization that Europe has fallen so far behind the United States in the use of precision-guided weapons and other modern technologies that the allies are no longer equipped to fight the same way.
Symbol of Serbian Control Gives Way to KLA

Sunday, June 27, 1999
Kosovo's Serbs Fear Uncertain Future
As many as 100,000 Serbs have fled the region, rejecting the appeals of NATO officials and Western political leaders, who have said they want to preserve Kosovo's multiethnic character.
Signs of Rape Scar Kosovo


Saturday, June 26, 1999
Marines Kill Another Gunman in Kosovo
Marines shot and killed a presumed assailant in the southeastern Kosovo city of Gnjilane after one or more gunmen attacked a group of them Friday evening.
Biggest Airstrike Ended a Battle, Perhaps a War
At War's End, Old Places Seen in New Light


Friday, June 25, 1999
Russia's Surprise Entry Into Kosovo Was Planned
Although Moscow denied it at the time, it sent troops in before NATO to try to ensure some form of postwar control, Western analysts say.
Montenegro Easing Away From Serb Ally
Serbian Atrocity Suspect Arrested


Thursday, June 24, 1999
Gunmen Fire on Marines in Kosovo
At least four gunmen opened fire on a U.S. Marine platoon at a checkpoint in southeastern Kosovo, provoking a lengthy gun battle that left one of the gunmen dead and two wounded with no American casualties, U.S. military officials said.
CIA Analyst Raised Alert on China's Embassy
Serbs Shun Discussion of Atrocities

Wednesday, June 23, 1999
Kosovo Albanians Greet Clinton With Cheers, Tears
Making his first visit to the Balkans since NATO launched its 11-week war, President Clinton urged refugees in Macedonia to delay returning to their homeland until NATO can clear the land mines.
War Crimes Team Gathers Grisly Evidence
Serb Oppositions Fears It's Being Victimized
Troops Killed by Bomb, Not Mine


Tuesday, June 22, 1999
Refugee Serbs Assail Belgrade Government
Although demonstrations have been small, refugee Serbs appear to have as much anger at Slobodan Milosevic for abandoning them as at NATO for the bombing campaign.
Air Force, Army Battle for Lead in Future Wars
Bodies, Death Mark Pillaged Kosovo Villages
Clinton Touts Slovenia as Model for Serbia
KLA Chief Appeals to Serbs to Return


Monday, June 21, 1999
NATO Declares the Air War Is Over
The seven leading industrial democracies and Russia said they would rebuild Kosovo after NATO ended its air war against Yugoslavia and the last Yugoslav troops left the war-battered Serbian province.
Rebels Asserting Political Power
Home 'Looks Like a Dream'
Returning Exiles Take Revenge


Sunday, June 20, 1999
NATO Hastens to Disarm KLA
Even though a demilitarization timetable for the rebels has not been reached between NATO and Kosovo Liberation Army officials, allied forces have begun to confiscate the separatist group's weapons and have intervened in numerous conflicts involving Serbian citizens.
One Witness Kept a Record of Horror
Marines, Villagers Unearth Remains
Allies Need Upgrade, General Says
Serbs Turn Inward, Distrustful of Politicians
Analysis: The Serbian Perspective on War


Saturday, June 19, 1999
NATO Extends Control Over Kosovo
NATO forces took control Friday of the last major cities in Kosovo a day ahead of schedule, but with less than one-third of the full peacekeeping contingent in the province, acts of violence by both departing Serbs and newly empowered ethnic Albanians continued to proliferate.
KLA Accused of Beating Gypsies
U.S., Russia Reach Military Agreement
Pristina Gambit Reveals Split in Russian Military


Friday, June 18, 1999
Kosovo's Albanians Returning in Droves
Tens of thousands of ethnic Albanians are stampeding home to Kosovo, against the advice of NATO and relief agencies.
Pristina Police Station Holds Tools of Torture
Returned Refugees Mourn for Relatives
For One Grandmother, Tenacity Triumphs
Clinton: Prosecution of Milosevic Is Not Likely
Russia, U.S. Discuss Kosovo Peacekeeping
China Rejects U.S. Explanation of Bombing
U.S. Met With Milosevic Opponents, Sources Say


Thursday, June 17, 1999
Allies Move to Pacify Unruly Rebels
With ethnic Albanian guerrillas moving into a vacuum left by withdrawn Yugoslav forces, NATO commanders moved for the first time to rein in the newly empowered rebels and allay concerns about reprisals against Serbian civilians.
NATO Unable to Prevent Destructive Withdrawal
KLA Recruit Found Niche on Battlefield
Deal With Moscow Close, Cohen Says
One Town's Women Ask: 'Where Are Our Men?'
Chinese Remain 'Skeptical' of U.S. Explanations


Wednesday, June 16, 1999
Refugees Create Chaos in Kosovo
Several thousand ethnic Albanian refugees returned Tuesday to Kosovo as NATO peacekeepers struggled to contain violence and looting by Serbian police and civilians making a chaotic exit from the province.
Kosovo Confronts Its Horrors
NATO Seeks Pact With KLA
In Light of Defeat, Tide Changes for Many Serbs
U.S., China to Discuss Embassy Bombing
The Hunted Return to the Sunlight
Poll: Americans Back Peacekeeping in Kosovo


Tuesday, June 15, 1999
Rebels Act to Assert Influence in Kosovo
Armed ethnic Albanian guerrillas swept triumphantly into Prizren, Yugoslavia, Monday, fanning out into streets that were occupied by Serbian paramilitary forces just hours before and reminding NATO peacekeepers that the rebels are bent on asserting a role in a new Kosovo.
In a Village, Signs of a Massacre
In the Hills, Scraping to Survive
First Wave of Marines on Alert
Three Kosovo Men Take a Stand Against Hate


Monday, June 14, 1999
NATO Welcomed Joyfully to Kosovo
Encouraged by a rapid buildup of NATO forces in their war-torn homeland, ethnic Albanians across Kosovo emerged Sunday from 2 months in hiding to reclaim streets, cafes and village squares for themselves.
Happy Throng Assails Lingering Serbs
U.S. Might Give Russia Some 'Responsibility'
Envoy Heads to China to Ease Strain
Calm and Tension Coexist in Kosovo
Ethnic Albanian Spirits, Banners Soaring
For One Serb, a Wilted Welcome
Voices on Kosovo: A Look Back



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