Cambodia and Laos: the Widening War

Archive Report

Spreading Conflict in SouthEast Asia

Movement of Viet Nam Fighting into Cambodia

Southeast asian experts have looked upon Cambodia for years as “our next Viet Nam.” Their prophecy has been so long in fulfillment that it was almost forgotten until President Nixon sent American troops into Cambodia to clear out areas used by Communists to stage attacks across the borders of South Viet Nam. In announcing his decision April 30, the President told a national television audience that plans he disclosed 10 days earlier for the withdrawal of an additional 150.000 Americans from Vietnam1 we're imperiled by increased activity of Viet Cong guerrillas and North Vietnamese regulars in Cambodia. A joint U.S.-South Vietnamese military campaign inside Cambodia would require six weeks to two months to dislodge ...

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