July 28, 1995 -- Croatian troops mobilize
The war widens as Croatia sends thousands of troops into Bosnia. They cut Serbian supply lines and overtake the towns of Glamoc and Grahavo in southwestern Bosnia. The days to come will bring more Croatian gains.
July 26, 1995 -- U.S. Senate: Lift arms embargo
The U.S. Senate votes to lift the arms embargo against Bosnia. Imposed on all of former Yugoslavia in September 1991, the embargo weighs heaviest on Bosnian government forces because Serbs inherited weapons from the Serb-led Yugoslav army. The day after the Senate vote, Rep. Richard Gephardt, D - Missouri, tries to defend President Clinton's Bosnia policy (137K AIFF sound or 137K WAV sound).
July 25, 1995 -- Zepa falls to Serbs
After days of conflicting reports, the safe area of Zepa crumbles before advancing Bosnian Serb forces. Many Muslim refugees seek cover in the hills surrounding the town. Others are packed onto evacuation buses by Bosnian Serbs. After executing the Muslim commander of the government forces, the Serbs burn the town.
July 23, 1995 -- Rapid Reaction Forces deployed
U.N. commanders deployed in Bosnia order the Rapid Reaction Force to send artillery units to the Bosnian capital of Sarajevo. Part of a 12,000-member contingent of mostly French and British soldiers, the special combat group settles in at Mount Igman overlooking the city. A day later, UNPROFOR spokesman Lt. Col. Chris Vernon warns of escalation in the Bosnian conflict (88K AIFF sound or 88K WAV sound).
July 21, 1995 -- NATO threatens to use air strikes
After international military leaders meet in London, NATO threatens air strikes to protect the safe area of Gorazde. See footage of Gorazde, taken from the cockpit of an F/A-18 plane (850K QuickTime movie).
July 18, 1995 -- Serbs target Zepa
Bosnian government troops threaten to take U.N. peacekeepers hostage unless the U.N. orders air strikes to prevent the fall of Zepa. The Bosnian Serbs, close to capturing the town, say they'll respond to air strikes by shelling eight Ukrainian peacekeepers, who are in a U.N. base near Zepa. The next day, White House Press Secretary Mike McCurry expresses concern over the refugee crisis in Bosnia (306K AIFF sound or 306K WAV sound).
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