MILITARY MEDICINE—like the peace-enforcement effort that it supports—now has an open-ended commitment in the former Yugoslavia.
After previous extensions of US forces' stay in the war-torn Bosnia-Herzegovina region, the Clinton administration has now said withdrawal should be determined by progress toward lasting peace rather than by any deadline date. Previously, the administration had announced US troops would leave next June.
As 1998 begins, the United States is contributing slightly more than 8000 troops to the 34000-member North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) force seeking to prevent resumption of the bloody 3½-year civil war among Serbs, Croats, and Muslims in what was the nation of Yugoslavia.
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