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Asian Conflicts / Vietnam-Cambodia / USSR -Afghanistan #295095

CBS Evening News for Wednesday, Dec 26, 1984
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(Studio) Activity of USSR and other communist troops in area from southwest Pacific to Indian Ocean and through Himalaya Mts. reported Vietnam troop attacks on Cambodian resistance camp noted to cause concern in Thailand. USSR 's continued fighting in Afghanistan cited; President Reagan's comments quoted. Upcoming US-USSR arms control talks in Geneva mentioned.
REPORTER: Dan Rather

(DC) Details given with regard to Vietnam attack on Cambodian camp, on 6th anniversary of Vietnam's Christmas Day invasion of Cambodia. [State Department spokesperson Alan ROMBERG - comments.] Refugees' flight to other camps across border in Thailand mentioned. File tape of troops in Cambodia shown. Effect of these events on United States hopes to secure release of Amerasian children in Vietnam described.
REPORTER: Bill McLaughlin

(Studio) Two important pieces of information noted for understanding report re: Afghanistan conflict: Soviet attempts to create masses of refugees among rural Muslim peasants; and importance of beast of burden to anyone in country. Film shown; anchor narrates. Flight of Afghans to Pakistan described as result of attempts by Sovs. and allies in Afghan government to create "safe zones" for government supporters by forcing villagers out Some bombings compared to United States so-called "carpet bombing" during Vietnam war. Terrorist tactics, using booby traps, etc., outlined. Vol. medical personnel said almost only ones to be found in area; 2 Americans from California mentioned. [Male DOCTOR - comments.] [Female DOCTOR - comments.]
REPORTER: Dan Rather

McLaughlin, Bill;
Rather, Dan

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