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Laos / South Vietnam Attack #214833

CBS Evening News for Friday, Feb 12, 1971
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(Studio) 8 more United States copters shot down in support of South Vietnam attack into Laos; 26 shot down since start of operation. Laos Premier Souvanna Phouma fears Communist China may invade Laos; White House assures Laos operation no threat to Communist China. South Vietnam President Thieu encouraged by progress of operation.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(South Vietnam) President Thieu visits South Vietnam command bases for Laos operation; film shows captured enemy supplies. [THIEU - in response to reporters' questions, President Nixon not reluctant to provide United States support for operation; ready for serious negotiations whenever North Vietnam is, will continue to fight until then; not worried about North Vietnam attack across DMZ.]
REPORTER: Don Webster

(Studio) Laos guerrilla radio reports finding 6 United States bodies among South Vietnam dead in Laos; United States officials deny presence of United States ground forces or advisers in Laos; Senator Hart charges administration treating Congress and public like "gullible dupes."
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

Cronkite, Walter;
Webster, Don

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