Carrol Daily Times Herald from Carroll, Iowa on October 27, 1970 · Page 11
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Carrol Daily Times Herald from Carroll, Iowa · Page 11

Carroll, Iowa
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Tuesday, October 27, 1970
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Says North Vietnamese 'Are in a Bad Way'— Commander Predicts Enemy Troop Withdrawal In Near Future SAIGON (AP) - The commander of the new South Vietnamese offensive said today that his forces will push deeper into Cambodia to try to force the North Vietnamese to fight. Lt. Gen. Do Cao Tri also said North Vietnamese troops face a whole "new situation" In both Cambodia and South Vietnam and that they are in a bad way militarily in both countries. "I am confident," Tri said, "that in the near future they will be forced to withdraw and accept some political solution." Tri spoke to two newsmen at his headquarters in nearby Bien WEST IS BEST Hoa following his return from the battlefront in Cambodia. His 6.000-man task force had just recaptured the wrecked, deserted town of Snuol, in the Fish Hook region 90 miles north of Saigon. The task force met only light resistance in taking Snuol Monday, and Tri said his forces had moved heavy artillery into the town. He indicated his troops would push westward, for at least 10 miles and possibly to Kompong Cham, 65 miles west of Snuol. "Our objective is to force the enemy to react and to accept the challenge of our combat units," said the general, who gained considerable prominence for the aggressive showing of his troops in Cambodia last May and June. He is the military commander for South Vietnam's 3rd Corps area, made up of Saigon and the 11 provinces around it. Tri said there are no restric-' tions on the extent of South Vietnamese operations in Cambodia and that his troops can "go anywhere in Cambodia." "When we feel the North Vietnamese have fled." he said, "then we'll come back to Vietnam." Tri said that in the last two months, lack of supplies, arms and replacements have forced the North Vietnamese in South Vietnam to break up most of their main force units and attach the troops to guerrilla units. "How can North Vietnamese soldiers, with different accents and traditions, claim they are guerrillas?" he added. "They cannot do so. They will not get support from the local population." In Cambodia, Tri continued, the North Vietnamese "are really in trouble because they cannot use the infrastructure as they did in Vietnam. They lack such organitation in Cambodia. They are without the support of the local population. The Cambodian people are passive. They will never cooperate with enemy troops, or even friendly troops." Tri said the South Vietnamese plan more "spoiling" offensives in Cambodia to keep the North Vietnamese from returning to their former border bases and to protect Saigon and its approaches. He said Saigon's forces would go back to the Kom- pong Cham area and the Chub rubber plantation "from time to time." Tri also said withdrawal of American combat troops from his corps area in Vietnam "will not affect our military capacity or pacification." He claimed 98 per cent of the hamlets and villages in his 11 provinces were now under government control, making his military region the most pacified of the country's 12 Time* Htrald, Carroll, la. Tuesday, Oct. 27, 1970 four. Asked if he expected to reach 100 per cent pacification, Tri replied: "I can do it easily from now to the end of the year." In a delayed report, the U.S. Command announced that a U.S. Air Force helicopter crashed from "operational causes" in the upper panhandle of Laos last Saturday. One crew member was killed and one is missing, the command said. The mission of the CHS helicopter was not disclosed, but that type of aircraft usually carries troops. In Vientiane, Laotian Premier Prince Souvanna Phouma returned from the United Nations and said preliminary peace talks with the Pathet Lao will resume soon. He said the Laotian Communists have informed the government that their spe- cial envoy, Prince Souk Votig- sak, is coming back to Vientiane after an absence of a month. At a stopover in Bangkok, Souvanna said he would submit proposals for a negotiated peace to the Pathet Lao but said he foresaw difficulties because the Pathet Lao is allied to North Vietnam, the Viet Cong and the Cambodian Liberation front. Souvanna expressed support for President Nixon's cease-fire proposal for all of Indochina. He said North Vietnam would have to withdraw its troops from Laos, however, before a cease- fire could be tenable and effective. The Laotian premier added that Nixon assured him the United States will continue to provide arms for Laotian defense. The Kentucky Derby was inaugurated in 1875. Political Debate Scheduled by Carroll Jaycees The public is invited to attend a political debate Wednesday, Oct. 28, beginning at 8 p.m. in the Elk's Lodge basement, Tom Kruse, chairman, has announced. The Carroll Jaycees are sponsoring the debate between Mrs. Frank (Dean) West and Charles Knoblauch, candidates for state representative; and Mrs. Richard (Mary) Baumhover and Arthur A. Neu, candidates for state senator. Other candidates for office present in the audience will be introduced. Bob Kraus will be moderator for the debate, which will also feature questions from the audience. A. J. Puffett and Dr. Lynn Curry will organize written questions from the au- dience. This program is in connection with the Jaycees "Get Out the Vote" campaign. It is the Jaycees' hope that everyone will attend this program in order to be more informed voters on Nov. 3. Farm Bureau Women Schedule Workshop The Carroll County Farm Bureau Women will hold their Workshop at the Farm Bureau meeting room, Thursday, Oct. 29, beginning at 10 a.m. Mrs. Berle Miller, district chairman, will be present to distribute and explain some material which will be studied in 1971-72. 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