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U.S. SOLDIERS PROBED IN ABUSE OF KOSOVARS

U.S. soldiers serving with the NATO-led peacekeeping force in Kosovo may be guilty of treating men in Kosovo too roughly and of having "inappropriate physical contact" with local women, U.S. Army headquarters in Kosovo said Sunday.

NATO is investigating allegations that the soldiers acted inappropriately while doing crowd control in Vitina, about 25 miles south of Kosovo, said a statement from Camp Bondsteel, the main U.S. base.

"Preliminary findings . . . indicate several soldiers may have been involved in misconduct, including improper use of physical force and threats against Kosovo males and inappropriate physical contact with Kosovar females," said the statement.

No charges have been filed, and investigations into the alleged incidents Jan. 9-10 were continuing, the statement said.

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