An indicted war criminal, Ratko Mladic was arrested on 26 May 2011 and transferred to The Hague Tribunal. The first hearing took place on 3 June 2011.

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The burning of a library

The targetting and burning of a library.

The Sarajevo Library, the Vijećnica, was destroyed by incendiary bombs thrown from Serb positions on the hills above the city.

Completed in 1896, the library held 1.5 million volumes and over 155,000 rare books and manuscripts.

On August 25 and 26 1992, Serbian shelling caused the complete destruction of the library. Among the losses were about 700 manuscripts and a unique collection of Bosnian 19th century publications. Librarians and volunteers from the city tried to save some books while they were under sniper fire.  

The building was restored and reopened in May 2014. It is now a national monument.

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Sarajevo's Vrbanja Bridge. Now named after Suada Dilberović and Olga Sučić, the first victims of the war. They were shot here by Serb snipers on 5 April 1992.

Courtesy TVSA

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First days of diplomacy and of the fighting in independent Bosnia. First attackers and first defenders.
Sarajevo, 23 April - 3 May 1992.

 

From The Death of Yugoslavia. 'Brian Lapping' for the BBC, October 1995

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Syria-born Aimen Awad on Bosnia's Islamic fighters during the war.

Bosnian public TV, BHT, Sarajevo, 24. 11. 2009

Awad has lived in the Balkans since 1982, first in Croatia, then in Bosnia, and fought in the "El Mujaheed" unit of foreign fighters during the 1995-96 war. In May 2009 he was arrested by the Bosnian police in Zenica. The police said they were hunting foreign-born Muslims who fought in the war and stayed in Bosnia as "illegal aliens". Aimen Awad has complained he would be jailed in Syria for fighting abroad. He is now fighting a legal battle against his extradition. Aimen Awad is married to a Bosnian woman and the family has 4 children.

Thousands of Islamic fighters fought during the war with Bosnian Muslims against Bosnian Croats and Bosnian Serbs. Most of them left the country under US pressure in the late 1990s but some remained after marrying locally.

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Bosnian Serb wartime capital Pale comes under attack from NATO jets, Autumn 1995.

Martin Bell reporting for the BBC.

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