BOSNIA-HERZEGOVINA: U.S. ADVANCE TEAM ARRIVES TO PREPARE FOR THE ARRIVAL OF U.S. TROOPS
- Title: BOSNIA-HERZEGOVINA: U.S. ADVANCE TEAM ARRIVES TO PREPARE FOR THE ARRIVAL OF U.S. TROOPS
- Date: 5th December 1995
- Summary: TUZLA, BOSNIA (DECEMBER 5, 1995) (AGENCY POOL - ACCESS ALL) 1. LV CONVOY WITH UNITED STATES (U.S.) LOGISTICAL ADVANCE TEAM ARRIVES (2 SHOTS) 0.12 2. SV BOSNIAN TROOPS WALKING 0.19 3. LV CNN (CABLE NEWS NETWORK) TOWER AND VEHICLES 0.24 4. LV U.N. SOLDIER 0.26 5. LV MORE UNITED NATIONS (U.N.) VEHICLES ARRIVE 0.39 6. SV U.S. TROOPS IN VEHICLE / VEHICLE DRIVES OFF (2 SHOTS) 1.00 7. SV U.S. SOLDIERS INSPECT POSSIBLE HELICOPTER LANDING SITE/ ACCOMPANIED BY U.N. SOLDIER (WITHOUT HELMET) (5 SHOTS) 1.43 8. LV SOLDIERS FROM U.S. FIRST ARMOURED DIVISION WALKING TOWARDS RECONSTRUCTED BRIDGE 1.48 9. LV/SV SOLDIERS UNDERNEATH BRIDGE EXAMINING REPAIRS (2 SHOTS) 2.12 10.LV SOLDIERS WALKING AWAY FROM BRIDGE (3 SHOTS) 2.34 11.SV U.S. OFFICER TALKING TO U.N. SOLDIER FROM NORDIC BATTALION / UNIDENTIFIED NORDIC BATTALION SOLDIER SAYING RELATIONS IN THE AREA ARE VERY GOOD (ENGLISH) (2 SHOTS) 2.55 12.SV U.S. SOLDIERS DRIVE AWAY 3.00 Initials Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved.
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- Location: TUZLA, BOSNIA-HERZEGOVINA
- Duration: 00:03:01
- Story Text: A small logistical advance team of about 10 United States (U.S.) troops arrived in the Bosnian town of Tuzla on Tuesday (December 5) to prepare for the arrival of the main contingent of U.S. troops, expected in a few days.
Shortly after arriving, two mebers of the First Armoured Division travelled with a United Nations (U.N.) soldier to inspect a potential helicopter landing site three kilometres (1.8 miles) from the Tuzla air base.
Seven members of the team also got their first look at the front line between Bosnian Government and Bosnian Serb forces.
They skirted within a kilometre (0.62 miles) of the frontline near the so-called Posavina corridor linking Bosnian-Serb territory with Serbia proper.
Their main aim was to examine a damaged bridge which U.S.
troops hope to use for heavy armour transport. The bridge has been the site of bitter fighting in the past, and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) observers say U.S. engineers will turn the area into a key stronghold.
The Tuzla air base, a former Yugoslav federal air force station and big enough to handle giant C-5 Galaxy transport aircraft, is currently controlled by the Nordic battalion of the U.N. Protection Force (UNPROFOR).
As the airbase on the edge of the town is expected to be the focal point of NATO operations in the region, television networks are already jostling for position outside the main entrance.
Houses close to the base have been rented and viewing platforms costing as much as 5,000 U.S.-dollars have been constructed.
NATO is expected to send up to 60,000 troops to help secure the recent Dayton peace agreement signed by all sides of the Balkan conflict.
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