United States and South Vietnamese government troops are carrying out a series of counter attacks into the jungle in an attempt to end Viet Cong mortar and rocket attacks on about fifty towns and bases in South Vietnam.
United States and South Vietnamese government troops are carrying out a series of counter attacks into the jungle in an attempt to end Viet Cong mortar and rocket attacks on about fifty towns and bases in South Vietnam. After a major attack on the Long Binh base, United States troops started jungle search operations over a sixteen mile radius from the base, which is only 14 miles from Saigon.
Thirty miles north west of Saigon the Eleventh Armoured Cavalry moved into the jungle with helicopter support to search for one of the rocket positions which had been used in the bombardment of Long Binh. At one point they encountered light opposition fire. One of the enemy was killed and three were captured. One United States soldier was wounded.
Long Binh was the scene of some of the heaviest fighting in the first attacks of this new Tet offensive. After the rocket and other bombardment, the United States garrison repelled an attack on the barbed wire perimeter fence of the base.
United States official sources say that more than 3,000 enemy troops have been killed since the offensive started at the weekend while the United States forces have lost about 100, and the South Vietnamese over 350.
The official North Vietnam newspaper said today (Wednesday) that the Viet Cong would continue to step up the war in South Vietnam.