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U.S. Transfers Troops to Kosovo

July 31, 2001

WASHINGTON (AP) _ About 100 U.S. troops and civilians have been moved from Skopje, Macedonia, to a U.S. military base in Kosovo as a security precaution, the Pentagon announced Tuesday.

About another 100 will be moved by the end of this week, said Rear Adm. Craig Quigley, a Pentagon spokesman.

``This is a temporary measure. It’s done for force protection reasons,″ said Quigley, citing recent violence there.

Those being moved to Camp Bondsteel in Kosovo have been in Macedonia to provide ``nonemergency, noncritical support services″ at Camp Able Sentry, which is a staging base for U.S. peacekeeping operations in Kosovo. Quigley said they are soldiers, civilian employees of the Pentagon and civilian contractors.

About 300 troops and civilians will remain in Macedonia, he said.

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