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Kosovo conflict
The standoff with the Western world over Kosovo was Slobodan Milosevicís greatest challenge to date.

From the archive
James Robbins reports on Milosevic's indictment (27.05.99)  real 56k
When Nato began its bombing campaign, there was a feeling of disbelief among many Yugoslavs. But Milosevic rode out the storm, and for a while consolidated support as Serbs united against the West.

The Nato bombing campaign left many more families bereaved, and the country in ruins. Milosevic withdrew his troops from Kosovo, but he still didn't admit defeat.

Although the country's infrastructure was ruined, and its economy was crippled by new sanctions, Milosevic tried to turn the devastation to his advantage. In a propaganda campaign waged through the state-controlled media, he styled himself as rebuilder of the nation.

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