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Laos / South Vietnam Attack #14359

ABC Evening News for Monday, Feb 22, 1971
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(Studio) South Vietnam Laos attack reported stalled.
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner

(Phu Loc, South Vietnam) South Vietnam rangers considered best of South Vietnam army; Phu Loc fire base providing rangers artillery support 6 mile in Laos; fire base partially surrounded.
REPORTER: Jim Giggans

(Studio) South Vietnam Cmdrs. deny reports of having been closer than 10 mile E. of Tchepone, Laos.
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner

(Laos) South Vietnam Field Cmdrs. say operation should be terminated; enemy resistance much heavier than expected. [South Vietnam Lieutenant Colonel Bui The DUNG - says doesn't understand why tanks chosen to spearhead drive to Tchepone through unsuitable terrain.] Enemy artillery heavier than South Vietnam; United States air support neutralized by well protected enemy antiaircraft positions. [DUNG - says should get out before North Vietnam counterattacks.] Enemy too well prepared for attack to consider Laos Operation fair test of Vietnamization.
REPORTER: Howard Tuckner

(Studio) Pentagon and White House spokesperson says Laos situation not as bad as seems.
REPORTER: Howard K. Smith

(DC) Admin. spokesperson says South Vietnam Lieutenant Colonel Dung can't see progress of overall operation; main battle said to be taking place on flanks of Dung forces. Blocking Ho Chi Minh, not capture of Tchepone, said to be main objective.
REPORTER: John Scali

Giggans, Jim;
Reasoner, Harry;
Scali, John;
Smith, Howard K.;
Tuckner, Howard

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