NATO leaflets warn Serb troops of 'certain death'
April 26, 1999
From CNN National Security Producer Chris Plante
WASHINGTON (CNN) -- NATO leaflets being dropped to Serb troops in Kosovo show a photograph of an Apache attack helicopter with the message: "DON'T WAIT FOR ME! ... Remain in Kosovo and face certain death."
"Stop following (Slobodan) Milosevic's orders to commit genocide and other atrocities against civilians in Kosovo," the leaflet says, adding, "You are responsible for your own actions, and ultimately will be held accountable."
The fliers are being dropped along the Kosovo border, according to military officials, in areas where Serb troops are believed to be operating. The messages are written in Serbo-Croat, according to the officials.
The propaganda leaflets are produced by U.S. Army Psychological Operation units, known as "PsyOps" units.
In the lower corner of the photo, there is a silhouette of a Serb tank in the cross-hairs of a gunsight.
"Attention (Serb) Forces!" says the flier. "You can hide, but NATO will find you."
"Remain in Kosovo and face certain death; or leave your unit and your equipment, and get out of Kosovo now," the text reads. "If you choose to stay, NATO forces will relentlessly attack you, with many different weapon systems, from many different nations, from the land, from the sea and from the sky."
The flier ends with the statement "THE CHOICE IS YOURS" in bold print, and displays the word "NATO" with a NATO insignia in the lower right corner.
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