• Short Summary

    MORE FIGHTING IN LAOS......A FORCE OF SOME 300 COMMUNISTS IS REPORTED TO HAVE CUT THE?

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    MORE FIGHTING IN LAOS......A FORCE OF SOME 300 COMMUNISTS IS REPORTED TO HAVE CUT THE ROAD BETWEEN THE IMPORTANT TOWNS OF THAKHEK AND SAVANNAKHET TODAY (THURSDAY). GOVERNMENT TROOPS WERE REPORTED TO BE HOLDING THEIR POSITIONS NINE MILES (14-KMS) EAST OF THAKHEK, A MEKONG RIVER TOWN ON THE WEST LAOTIAN BORDER. A TEAM OF THE INTERNATIONAL CONTROL COMMISSION IS TO GO TO THE AREA - ABOUT 60-MILES (96-KMS) FROM NORTH VIETNAM'S WESTERN FRONTIER.

    ON MONDAY, A NINE DAY SIEGE ROUND A LIMESTONE CAVE THREE MILES (4.8-KMS) FROM THAKHEK, ENDED WHEN LAOTIAN GOVERNMENT FORCES FINALLY MOVED IN, CAPTURING 13 NORTH VIETNAMESE SOLDIERS AND ONE OFFICER. ORIGINALLY ABOUT 300 PATHET LAO AND NORTH VIETNAMESE WERE THOUGHT TO BE HIDING IN THE CAVE, BUT DURING A BREAKOUT LAST WEEKEND, ABOUT 200 GOT AWAY, AND 60 WERE KILLED IN BITTER FIGHTING.

    THE SIEGE FINALLY ENDED WHEN THE PRO-COMMUNIST PATHET LAO AND NORTH VIETNAMESE INSIDE THE CAVE MADE A VAIN BID TO REACH A WATER WELL OUTSIDE. LATER THE OFFICER PRISONER, LIEUTENANT HUANH, FROM VINH, NORTH VIETNAM SAID HIS BATTALION HAD BEEN IN LAOS FOR THREE MONTHS. HE TOLD INTERROGATORS THAT 40 NORTH VIETNAMESE WERE BURIED IN THE CAVE. BESIDES THE PRISONERS, GOVERNMENT FORCES ALSO CAPTURED A QUANTITY OF ARMS - SOME OF THEM ULTRA-MODERN AND SOPHISTICATED.

    PRINCE SOUVANNA PHOUMA, WHO WAS ACCOMPANIED BY HIS SON, PRINCE MANGKHALA, WATCHED THE T-28 DIVE BOMBER GO INTO ACTION THROUGH BINOCULARS FROM A FORWARD MORTAR POSITION.

    (THERE HAS BEEN SPORADIC FIGHTING BETWEEN NEUTRALIST-RIGHTIST GOVERNMENT FORCES AND THE PRO-COMMUNIST PATHET LAO EVER SINCE THE 1962 INTERNATIONAL AGREEMENT IN GENEVA DESIGNED TO KEEP LAOS INDEPENDENT AND NEUTRAL. THE AGREEMENT WAS SIGNED TO END YEARS OF CIVIL WAR.)

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    Film ID:
    VLVAB7HR23K4GGI5LB637LS3CPPU8
    Media URN:
    VLVAB7HR23K4GGI5LB637LS3CPPU8
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    25/11/1965
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:25:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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