An Imperfect Peace

For a rebel commander who brought his native Macedonia to the brink of civil war a year ago, Ali Ahmeti is an unusually cautious man. From the beginning of the conflict between the Macedonian government and Ahmeti's ethnic Albanian insurgents, the graying, soft-spoken former student organizer was careful to moderate his message so as not to alienate the West. He silenced talk of territorial demands by other fighters and insisted the aim was only to improve the rights of local Albanians. Now, on the anniversary of his rebel National Liberation Army's attack on the northern city of Tetovo, he continues to...

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