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Barry's back on streets of Kosovo.

A COVENTRY soldier is on his second tour of duty in Kosovo, a year after being one of the first troops to arrive in the war-torn country.

Fusilier Barry Dean, of the 2nd Battalion, The Royal Regiment of Fusiliers, is based at Pristina as part of the British contribution to the NATO-led Peace Implementation Force.

The battalion has been working hard to reduce the levels of crime in the local area through street patrols and searches for hidden arms.

They are also trying to prevent the threat of intimidation bet-ween the Kosovar Albanians and Serbs.

Barry, aged 20, whose home is in Radford, was first in Kosovo in 1999 as part of the initial arrival of the force.

He said: "I was a bit nervous and scared in a way because the Serb army was still here.

"There were times when we were parked up and the Serb tanks rolled past and fired rounds off. So it was a bit nerve-wracking at times.''

The former pupil at Barr's Hill School is due to finish his six-month tour in September.
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Date:Jul 13, 2000
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