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U.S. Copters Head for Albania

April 9, 1999

HEIDELBERG, Germany (AP) _ The U.S. Army has begun deploying equipment to support the use of Apache helicopters in NATO airstrikes on Yugoslav forces in Kosovo, U.S. Army European headquarters said Friday.

Spokesman Jim Boyle declined to say when the deployment began or what equipment and personnel had been delivered to Albania, which borders Yugoslavia’s Kosovo province.

The deployment will include 24 Apache helicopters, two dozen support helicopters, multiple-rocket launchers as well as M-1A1 Abrams tanks and Bradley fighting vehicles.

The low-flying Apaches will intensify the air campaign by bringing the allied forces closer to Yugoslav ground forces.

The helicopters are being deployed from the 11th Aviation Regiment based in the Bavarian town of Illesheim.

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