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GV Troops advance along road
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LV Troops in field
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Ground to Air aircraft strafing run
GV Troops through ruins of village
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CU PAN soldier with wounded
SV Wounded walk to ambulance (2 shots)
LV Soldiers along road
CU PAN Officer with walkie-talkie radio
SV PAN Soldier dragging body of enemy to pile of bodies
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Background: Fighting between Khmer Republic Government forces and communist troops is continuing around Phnom Penh. In the past few days, terrorists have attacked police stations in the city and Phnom Penh's airport -- west of the city -- again came under rocket attack.
Khmer Republic forces have been attempting to establish a solid ring of fortified posts around the capital, since an estimated 3,000 communist troops launched an offensive earlier this month, just west of the city.
On Saturday (27 November) VISNEWS cameraman Yosep Lee accompanied a force of Khmer Republic troops, as they tried to clear the area near Phnom Penh airport of Communist forces.
SYNOPSIS: Khmer Republic government forces continued their sweeping actions around Phnom Penh over the weekend, in their attempts to clear the area of communist forces.
This action, west of the capital, was initiated after Phnom Penh's airport again came under rocket attack earlier in the week. This area is also where an estimated three-thousand communist troops launched their offensive earlier this month. Khmer forces swept through the area and called in air support against suspected communist positions.
The Khmer forces are attempting to establish a string of fortified positions around the city. This brief action was successful in so far as the area was cleared of communist troops -- many of whom were killed during the mortar attacks and air strikes.
But the battle also resulted in several Khmer Republic casualties. Many of the wounded, however, were able to walk to waiting ambulances on their won. In a battle near here, just a few days before, Khmer troops suffered heavy casualties in a fierce battle with communist troops.
With this engagement over, Khmer troops moved forward in an effort to secure defensive positions near the country's vital link with the outside world -- Phnom Penh airport.
Some prisoners were taken in the clean-up operation following the fighting, and more bodies of enemy soldiers were discovered by Khmer troops. Elsewhere around the capital, a Khmer battalion is struggling to secure a road near Svey Chek, north of the city.