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dis-1 re-| twsls and watchtowers oul of aoum a,uw were aoanaoneu or overrun— chiefly in the Delta. Many Hamlets Downgraded Out of some 8.500 hamlets with some degree of govern ment presence, only about 200 seem to have reverted to VC control, thounh many more have been duwnirradcd from rel atively secure to contested sta tus. Of the local securitv forces. about 6.600 RF-PF (Reeional and Papular Farces), 640 police anu mu iili ^evolutionary ue-vduuiiitijil) cadre were killed or captured through the end of February. Desertions were also surprisingly low, in tact, the ereal bulk oi the GVN's I Government of Viet nam) pacification forces are already mostly back at their posts. More than 90 per cent of tne *,iiinj-oaa rr piawon ana suu RF companies are back per- pie thai less than 480 small out-1