There will always be something mythic about the travails and rescue of Scott O'Grady in Bosnia, but the facts emerging concern the explanations for how he came to be shot down, and they tend to be less uplifting. As the accompanying story reports, Slobodan Milosevic claims to have tried to help make sure O'Grady was returned alive. Pentagon officials assert something quite different: that were it not for Milosevic, no missile would have destroyed O'Grady's F-16 in the first place.

U.S. intelligence officials tell TIME that the Bosnian Serbs' air defenses are supported by staff and equipment in Belgrade with Milosevic's...

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