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  • Stephanie Niketic
    U.S. Troops Seize Kosovo Weapons The Associated Press Saturday, Aug. 11, 2001; 8:29 a.m. EDT PRISTINA, Yugoslavia -- U.S. soldiers serving with NATO-led
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      U.S. Troops Seize Kosovo Weapons

      The Associated Press
      Saturday, Aug. 11, 2001; 8:29 a.m. EDT

      PRISTINA, Yugoslavia -- U.S. soldiers serving with NATO-led
      peacekeepers seized a weapons cache and arrested 17 people in an
      eight-hour sweep of Kosovo villages near the Macedonian border, U.S.
      forces said Saturday.

      The weapons cache was found Friday after scouring houses, barns and
      sheds in the villages of Donja Stubla and Goden, a U.S. Army statement
      said.

      The cache included 20 assault rifles, 2,000 rounds of small arms
      ammunition, 104 pairs of boots, uniforms and other material.

      "Our soldiers will search every corner of Kosovo to prevent the return of
      violence and chaos," said Maj. Randy Martin, a spokesman for the U.S.
      forces.

      U.S. peacekeepers have been stepping up operations trying to stem the
      flow of weapons from the southern Serb province of Kosovo - under
      U.N. and NATO control - to ethnic Albanian guerrillas in neighboring
      Macedonia.

      Ethnic Albanian militants took up arms in February saying they want more
      rights for their community, which accounts for up to a third of the
      Macedonia's population of 2 million.

      © Copyright 2001 The Associated Press
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