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Monday, 21 February, 2000, 02:18 GMT
In pictures: K-For confrontation

US troops were bombarded with stones, bricks and snowballs as they took part in a K-For major search for illegal weapons in the divided Kosovo town of Mitrovica on Sunday.


F-For troops search house

K-For had instructions to search for arms inside all houses and flats.


Breaking down a door

Serbs complained of excessive use of force by the American soldiers.


Weapons find

A French unit seized illegal weapons inside a Serb house.


Holding back  the Serbs

Outside, French troops tried to calm down Serbs who were confronting American soldiers.


Obscene gesture

Serbs make an obscene gesture towards US soldiers as French K-For troops form a barrier between both groups.


US soldiers take cover

Some American troops had to protect themselves behind walls from the stones thrown.


Serb snowballs

Local Serbs also threw snowballs as they tried to drive the US troops away


US retreat

Eventually, the Americans retreated to their vehicles and drive away - K-For later said the searches would continue.

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See also:
20 Feb 00 |  Europe
Conflict over Kosovo arms probe
13 Feb 00 |  Europe
Violence flares in Kosovo town
09 Feb 00 |  Europe
K-For 'stood back' in Mitrovica
04 Feb 00 |  Europe
Analysis: What went wrong?
24 Jun 99 |  Europe
Mitrovica: A divided town
12 Feb 00 |  Europe
US soldier shot in Kosovo
05 Feb 00 |  Europe
Call for calm in Mitrovica
04 Feb 00 |  Europe
Families flee Kosovo violence

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