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Saturday, June 5, 1999 Published at 16:03 GMT 17:03 UK

Background: Roots of conflict

Kosovo: Special Report
Full analysis of the background to the latest developments, portraits of the key figures and an explanation of the roots of the conflict.

Click on the links below to learn about the background to the Kosovo crisis:

Military picture II Regional impact
Roots of conflict II Key figures

Military picture

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The limits of airpower
Defence correspondent Jonathan Marcus argues that events have not proved a victory for air power alone.

Regional implications

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Balkan faultlines
Avoiding a wider Balkan war was one of the reasons which Nato gave for its action against Yugoslavia: Our interactive regional map explains the implications for the region, if the peace does not hold.

Roots of conflict

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History, bloody history
For generations, Kosovo has been a territory disputed between Serbs and Albanians - indeed the history itself remains a source of contention.


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The key figures
How have the personalities and histories of the key players in the Kosovo crisis affected its course? Find out with BBC News Online's interactive guide.

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