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Laos Situation Reactions #14473

ABC Evening News for Thursday, Feb 04, 1971
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(Studio) Senator Mansfield says attack into Laos may force enemy into Thailand, involving 4th nation in war. Senator Hugh Scott says attacks will protect US troop withdrawals.
REPORTER: Howard K. Smith

(DC) Defense Secretary Laird supports General Abrams' decision concerning news embargo. [LAIRD - says forces moved without single casualty; 50,000 US troops to be withdrawn in next 90 days; 25% less airpower being used in Laos than year ago.] Operation necessary because of intelligence reports of impending North Vietnam attack in South Vietnam.
REPORTER: Roger Peterson

(Studio) Secretary of State Rogers agrees to discuss Indochina with Senate Foreign Relations Committee Paris Peace Negotiator David Bruce doesn't think South Vietnam attack into Laos would represent escalation. Casualties reported.
REPORTER: Howard K. Smith

Peterson, Roger;
Smith, Howard K.

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