In the Khmer Republic, Government forces have recaptured positions along the Highway One, the main road leading southeast from the capital of Phnompenh.
Troops walking along highway (4 shots)
Smoke from strike
Wrecked houses (3 shots)
Wounded soldier put into ambulance
Dead body alongside highway
Soldier burns body
Soldiers watch highway
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Background: In the Khmer Republic, Government forces have recaptured positions along the Highway One, the main road leading southeast from the capital of Phnompenh.
The advance along the road was slow and the Government forces had to call in air strikes to finally dislodge the communists. For more than two weeks, they had been holding a 6-kilometre stretch of the vital highway, which links Phnompenh with the Mekong Delta.
The local villagers along the route suffered casualties, and reports from the area said most of the farm animals had been killed in the constant mortar and rocket exchanges.
The soldiers too suffered casualties. Most of them had been fighting for the two week operation, and there was no immediate sign of the battle letting up as the advance along the highway continued.