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Government forces closed in on the last supporters of a renegade commander in northwestern Bosnia on Tuesday, while thousands of fleeing civilians and soldiers sought refuge in Croatia.

The government sounded confident that it could take control of the entire Muslim Bihac pocket, which would be a key victory.

In Sarajevo, the U.N. airlift of relief supplies resumed after a three-week suspension that saw food stocks in the capital decrease alarmingly.

Bihac has been divided since Fikret Abdic, a Muslim, rebelled against the Muslim-led government last year and allied himself with the Serbs in his quest for an independent ministate.

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