Keeping The Peace: Boots on the Ground

U.S. troops are moving warily into Kosovo. Their top mission: maintaining a zero-casualty record

It was a scene capable of pounding Adolph's Meat Tenderizer into the heart of the toughest marine. On a flat stretch of road overlooking the Kosovo town of Gnjilane last week, the arrival of Marine helicopters brought hundreds of ethnic Albanians joyously streaming up the rolling green hills. After nearly a week of pushing fitfully northward through Greece, Macedonia and Kosovo, the leading edge of the corps's force had finally reached its destination. And the locals--at least the Albanians who had endured more than two months of Serbian terror--wanted to make their new overlords feel welcome.

The local rapture came as...

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