Edition 162
May 29, 2003

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Harvest campaign: the days after

 

Sarajevo - From May 6 to 8 the Explosive Ordnance Disposal team from the German-Italian Battle Group's destroyed a large quantity of explosive materials collected during the Harvest campaign and various search operations of illegal weapons performed by the 'Saluzzo' Task Force. The figures of those materials have been enormous… just like the explosion that destroyed them.

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From AF in BiH to AF of BiH

 

Camp Butmir - Every three months, the Joint Military Commission meets under the chairmanship of COMSFOR. And every three months, the press reports about the steps forward as far as it concerns military matters. But this time, for its 40th meeting, there were really solid and sound decisions taken, likely allowing in the near future the formation of a Joint Command over the Armed Forces in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

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A golden Heart

 

Mostar - On May 6, members of the Spanish French Battle Group (SPFR BG), delivered humanitarian aid, school and toys supplies to different schools in Mostar. "Some sensations are always difficult to describe but more when we can see that our help and effort produce a great benefit in the local population life," said Spanish Capt. Fernando Martínez Rebé, member of the SPFR BG.

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In Honour of their Fallen Comrade

 

Livno - A ceremony attended by local residents, dignitaries and soldiers from the Canadian Battle Group was held on 10 May to mark the official opening of the Livno Valley Community Centre. Mrs. Marley Léger came to Bosnia and Herzegovina to be on hand to open the community centre in memory of her husband Sgt. Marc Léger, who was killed in Afghanistan last year.

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SFOR detains a person allegedly supporting PIFWCs

Bijeljina - On the morning of May 8, SFOR carried out an operation in the area of Bijeljina. Information received suggested that a house in that area was being used by people supporting Ljubomir Borovcanin, a Person Indicted For War Crimes (PIFWC) who is under indictment by the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY).

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Mostar Bridge is standing up

 

Mostar - The 30m-long, 20m-high, single-span Mostar bridge known as 'Stari Most' was built by Ottoman Turk Architect Mimar Hajrudin in 1566 of 456 blocks of stone. It was blown up by Bosnian-Croat forces in November 1993. Old Mostar Bridge was an UNESCO world heritage site, including eleven other historical buildings constructed in Ottoman Turkish era. It is under reconstruction by the Turkish Company ER-BU.

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Bridge over the Ugar River

 

Vitovlje - The 4th Armoured Engine Squadron is assigned to the Multinational Brigade Northwest (MNB-NW). The detachment is stationed in Sipovo. During the second fortnight of April, a platoon from the construction troop was deployed during 15 days on the Ugar River bank with the main goal of accomplishing the de-launching of the 'Mannock Bridge'.

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Austrian aid safely delivered

 

Doboj - From May 5th to the 9th, a joint Portuguese and Slovenian convoy consisting of ten vehicles transported humanitarian aid provided by the Austrian Non-Governmental Organisation 'Bauern helfen Bauern' from Salzburg to Doboj. There were approximately 30 tons of foods, mainly high quality baby food and school stationery to be distributed in the Area of Responsibility of the Multinational Battle Group.

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Atlas raises the world

 

Rajlovac - On May 8, personnel from the transport platoon belonging to the German Service Support Company, located in Rajlovac with members of the similar Italian unit from Tito Barracks, performed the transportation of several Federation Army Armoured Personal Carriers (APC). These vehicles were stored in Sarajevo. They will be used as targets on the live firing range at Glamoc.

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Merlin works its magic

 

Sarajevo - Apr. 24, a British Royal Air Force Merlin helicopter made multiple flights into downtown Sarajevo. The aim of the mission was to transport air conditioning devices from Sarajevo Airport to the roof of the Unitic Towers (formerly known as Unis Towers) as part of the ongoing reconstruction work being carried out there. It took three hours and 35 minutes.

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Operation Paladin 03

 

Mostar - From April 28 to May 1, Multinational Brigade Southeast carried out an operational rehearsal named Paladin in the area of responsibility of the Spanish French Battle Group. Some attached units participated in the exercise: one Italian Company assigned to the German Italian Battle Group, one Canadian Reconnaissance platoon from Zgon and several US and Canadian helicopters.

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“How great it is flying together”

 

Mostar - From April 28 to May 1, the Operational Rehearsal Paladin II/2003 was held. As usual in this type of rehearsals, helicopters are commonly employed. But this time Multinational Brigade Southeast (MNB-SE) used other assets than its own. One US AH-64 'Apache', one US UH-60 'Blackhawk' and one Canadian Bell 412 were deployed to Mostar Ortijes' tarmac.

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Canada strengthens its commitment

 

Rajlovac - The Honourable Suzan Whelan, Canadian Minister for International Co-operation and senior representative of CIDA (Canadian International Development Agency) paid a three-day visit in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Her agenda included a visit to a de-mining site in Rajlovac on May 11. She witnessed a de-mining demonstration performed by members of the De-mining Battalion of the Army of Federation.

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Turkish oldies teach US rookies

 

Donja Hasic - US Soldiers from 1st Squadron, Troop A of the 167th Cavalry (Task Force North) recently conducted a joint presence patrol with members of the Turkish Battalion Task Force (TU Bn. TF) in the TF North Area of Responsibility. Although this was not the first joint patrol that took place in the TF North sector with this US contingent, it was the first with Turkish soldiers.

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Russians celebrate armistice of World War II

 

Ugljevik - Alongside 300 soldiers from the Russian Military Contingent, many guests from various institutions of Bosnia and Herzegovina attended the 58th anniversary of the Allies victory ceremony in Ugljevik. The main attraction of the morning: a show by the Special Forces. The 'Spetnatz' daily train hard to face any situation. The display of hand-to-hand combat and neutralisation of an enemy proved it.

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Soldier in the spotlight

 

Zgon - Canadian Master Cpl. Jeffrey Daley is 31 years old. He was born in Victoria British Columbia but resides in Nanaimo, on the western coast of Canada. He is currently posted to Edmonton Alberta with the Lord Strathcona's Horse (Royal Canadian). "This is my fourth time in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Each tour I have been with the Reconnaissance Squadron," he mentioned.

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