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NATO Encircles Karadzic’s Daughter’s Home

August 26, 2003

SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) _ NATO troops in Bosnia gathered Tuesday around the home of the daughter of Radovan Karadzic, the world’s No. 1 war crimes fugitive.

A spokesman for the peacekeeping force, Capt. Dale MacEachern, told The Associated Press only that an operation under way was ``necessary in order to disrupt the activities of persons conducting anti-Dayton activities.″

The 1995 Dayton peace accords ended Bosnia’s 3 1/2-war, which killed 250,000 people and made refugees of 1.8 million others.

It was not immediately clear whether the troops were attempting to arrest Karadzic or those who might be helping him elude justice.

U.S., French and Italian peacekeepers began gathering at about 10 a.m. around the home of Sonja Karadzic in the city of Pale, her father’s wartime headquarters, nine miles northeast of Sarajevo.

A spokesman for the Bosnian Serb Interior Ministry, Zoran Glusac, said he had no information about the nature of the operation.

NATO-led peacekeepers have conducted numerous raids and other operations in recent months aimed at tightening the noose around Karadzic. The assets of several people who have been suspected of supporting his network have been frozen.

Karadzic, the Bosnian Serb wartime leader, was indicted in 1995 for genocide and crimes against humanity committed against Bosnia’s non-Serb population. He and his wartime military chief, Gen. Ratko Mladic, have been in hiding.

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