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NATO again lops Karadzic from airwaves

Mounting a display of military might, NATO-led troops knocked broadcasts supporting indicted war crimes suspect Radovan Karadzic off the airwaves - again - Saturday.

TV technicians in Karadzic's hard-line Bosnian Serb camp cut their transmissions shortly after the peace force's armored personnel carriers and helicopters moved toward a key transmitter.About 100 NATO-led troops took part in the operation, most of them American.

In place of the pro-Karadzic broadcasts, the airwaves briefly carried programming from studios loyal to President Biljana Plavsic, who has the backing of NATO and is Karadzic's chief rival for leadership of Bosnian Serb territory.

However, the pro-Plavsic broadcasts soon ended as well Saturday. It was not clear why.

NATO-led troops first pulled the plug on pro-Karadzic broadcasters two weeks ago, charging that their programming was inflammatory and biased against international organizations enforcing Bosnia's peace.

On Thursday, the hard-line Bosnian Serbs defied NATO's ban and resumed broadcasting in much the same style.

NATO spokesman Maj. John Blackeley, a NATO spokesman, said Saturday that was "a foolish action in defiance of the international community." He promised unspecified "further steps" to keep the Karadzic-allied programs off the air.