• Short Summary

    Faced with mounting Communist pressure in the Saigon region, the South Vietnamese High Command has formed an 8,000 man task fore to improve security in and around the capital.

  • Description

    Faced with mounting Communist pressure in the Saigon region, the South Vietnamese High Command has formed an 8,000 man task fore to improve security in and around the capital.

    The unit, which is backed by tanks and artillery, will patrol an area within a 40-mile (65 KM) radius of the capital and also fill a security vacuum let by the withdrawal last month of the last United States troops guarding Saigon.

    In addition to the increased military activity around Saigon, stricter security checks are being made in the capital itself.

    There are signs of a build-up of Communist forces in the Saigon region and in recent weeks thee have been several serious clashes within 30 miles (48 KM) of Saigon -- particularly along Highway Thirteen which ???inks Saigon to An Loc. South Vietnamese military sources say elements of two North Vietnamese divisions have been filtering into the Mekong Delta.

    President Nguyen Van Thieu has predicted that the current Communist offensive will climax in an attack on Saigon before the American Presidential elections in November.

    SYNOPSIS: There is fear that Communist soldiers may attempt to enter the city dressed in civilian clothes. And road-blocks have been set up on all the main routes into Saigon, so that security fores may thoroughly check all movements of people and vehicles.

    Government forces patrolling the surrounding countryside, have been involved in clashes with Communist soldiers - believed to be members of two North Vietnamese divisions, which are said to have filtered down to the Mekong Delta after having been involved in the siege of An Loc. The Mekong River itself has long been one of the main infiltration routes into Saigon - and, as such, is the object of even stricter checks now.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA9MYIJWDXXQC1RZBULMARM14B8
    Media URN:
    VLVA9MYIJWDXXQC1RZBULMARM14B8
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    13/09/1972
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:42:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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