NBC Evening News for Sunday, Apr 09, 1972
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(s) 3 major battles reported around Quang Tri city. South Vietnam hold ground against enemy tanks. South of Danang, North Vietnam capture 2 South Vietnam Fire Bases. Ground attacks against American installations and downing of 2 United States copters result in death of 6 Am's., 25 wounded. An Loc, capitol of Binh Long Province, surrounded by 3 North Vietnam division South Vietnam relief force moves up Highway 13 toward An Loc, attacked by North Vietnam forces.
REPORTER: Garrick Utley
(Highway 13, South Vietnam) South Vietnam troops defend Highway 13 leading to Saigon. Most key district towns now controlled by Communists(An Loc) Enemy guns fire on copter pads making landing dangerous. Local militiamen flee with families and some South Vietnam regulars retreat to provincial capital after losing district town nearby. Air strikes keep North Vietnam pinned down. South Vietnam reinforcements on way, but most troops sent to north front. (Lai Khe) At headquarters for 5th Div., commanders are worried.
REPORTER: Arthur Lord
(Studio) Current offensive is North Vietnam's final move to win war on own terms. If North Vietnam scores significant military victories, proves Vietnamization does not work, and resumes peace negotiations during United States president election year, US may give in to North Vietnam pressure.
REPORTER: Garrick Utley
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