??? troops gave launched a major campaign in the southern half of the country government?
??? troops gave launched a major campaign in the southern half of the country government officials admit that their casualties in the region are heavier than at any other time since the 1972 easter offensive. Loosing on the communist side are also believed to be high.
saigon officials say communist troops need rice from the on doing harvest in the mekong ??? but field commanders say the communists have broader aims. they want to expand their control in the delta and shift troop positions to prepare for a larger military effort sometime next year.
The communists want also to disrupt commerce and place greater strain on the frail sough vietnamese economy.
Government regulars have fought well in a ??? of major battles. but the militia troops who guard villages and patrol seem discouraged by the constant attacks and by strongest government ??? to conserve ammunition. as a result, ??? communists have been able to move small, well armed groups into places where they couldn't ??? before. by terrorism. and persuasion their ??? is ???
??? in the long run this kind of communist presence is ??? to the government--and more difficult to counter-than a major battle that lasts only a few days.
dennis troute, nbc news, in the mekong delta