Military observers in Thailand say Vietnamese-led forces in Kampuchea may be preparing a big offensive within the next week against guerrillas loyal to the ousted Premier Pol Pot.
Military observers in Thailand say Vietnamese-led forces in Kampuchea may be preparing a big offensive within the next week against guerrillas loyal to the ousted Premier Pol Pot. The speculation follows reports from the Thai military supreme command, that Vietnamese-led forces have stationed jet fighters in north-west Kampuchea and are supplying their troops through Laos. Meanwhile in Phnom Penh a special Heng Samrin troop detachment formed last year to fight the Pol Pot government, is being rejuvenated.
SYNOPSIS: The Revolutionary Forces Detachment X-10 was formed in August 1978 and with Vietnamese backing, it took Phnom Penh in January this year. The detachment now consists of four hundred men in three units. Their duties include the defence of Phnom Penh and the education of recruits.
Two hundred recruits have been inducted to replace service members of the detachment who have been promoted to government posts or transferred to other units.. Part of their day is spent on political study, the remainder is devoted to military drill and weapons training. The recruits are aged between eighteen and twenty-five and all claim to have lost relatives during Pol Pot's rule.
The X-10 detachment is based in a suburb of Phnom Penh. Under the new Kampuchean administration, the army is divided into two sections. There are the regular Kampuchean Revolutionary armed Forces and a number of irregular units operating in villages and factories to root out members of the Pol Pot army. It's estimated there are about 200-thousand Vietnamese soldiers throughout Kampuchea.