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Laos / North Vietnam Counterattack / United States Involvement #215132

CBS Evening News for Friday, Feb 26, 1971
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(Studio) North Vietnam besieging 2 South Vietnam outposts in Laos; South Vietnam casualties most severe since 1968 Tet offensive; 2 United States copters shot down. Admin. says small units may enter Laos to protect helicopter rescue operations.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(DC) United States to increase air logistical support for South Vietnam in Laos; officials feel impt. for South Vietnam to prove itself against North Vietnam to prevent undermining of Vietnamization program; underestimation of North Vietnam firepower in Laos admitted, blamed by some on faulty military intelligence reports
REPORTER: Marvin Kalb

(DC) Pentagon says United States ground units may enter Laos to rescue downed US pilots; no conflict with Cooper-Church amendment prohibiting ground forces in Laos since GIs actually rescue teams.
REPORTER: Bob Schieffer

Cronkite, Walter;
Kalb, Marvin;
Schieffer, Bob

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