Government forces in the Khmer Republic are engaged in a large scale counter attack to try to clear insurgents from their rocket firing positions around the capital, Phnom Penh.
LV Armoured personnel carriers
SV APC advances with troops following
GV Helicopter flys over
GV APC firing into trees
SV APC firing and advancing
GV Pan helicopter flys over village
GV APCs firing
LV Zoom in smoke of explosion with enemy fire
LV Rocket explosion among APCs and APCs move back (2 shots)
SV Helicopter flys overhead
GV APC in foreground with shell smoke rising above forest
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Background: Government forces in the Khmer Republic are engaged in a large scale counter attack to try to clear insurgents from their rocket firing positions around the capital, Phnom Penh.
President Lon Nol's army has committed up to 5,000 of its best troops to the operation.
The insurgents forces have been shelling the centre of the capital and nearby Pochengtong Airport with Soviet made rockets since late December.
The rockets have been exploding almost daily and more than 100 people have been killed or injured.
Pamphlets from the insurgents have appeared in the city warning residents to prepare for barrage of 1,000 rounds spread over 90 days.
On Thursday (January 17) Government troops attacked Sam Rong village 2 kms west of the airport terminal building. The village has been occupied since January 5th this year by the communist led troops of Prince Sihanouk and the Phnom Penh military command suspect rockets are being fired from there.
The Government troops were supported by armoured personnel carriers and by "gunship" helicopters. They were beaten back short of their goal after encountering heavy artillery and rocket fire. But the fighting goes on.
Observers believe the success or failure of the Government drive to ??? but the insurgents threatening the international airport and the capital could determine the out come of the war.