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flanesFound CambodiariTotjGn; Protest U.S. Action in Cambodia Demonstrator burns picture of President Nixon, which Jie is characterised as a "Nazi," outside tlie U.S. Embassy in. London Sunday. I'rotcslers called for "Americans out of Cambodia." j SAIGON, SOUTH VIETNAM o ' (AP) — U.S. Air Force bomb- /**< ers wiped out part of the Cam- K bodian rubber plantation town fLJAIIAUfV of Mimot Sunday after Army -l"«*llABi; helicopters^ were fired on by North Vietnamese troops, informed sources reported. In another section of Cambodia's Fishhook, troops of the U.S. llth Armored Cavalry Regiment burned down at least five villages, each with 30 to 40 houses. Officers said they were" told to burn' the""villages"""because., they could be of use to North Vietnamese and Viet Cong troops. Sporadic Contacts' The Allied task force in Cambodia reported 18 sporadic contacts Sunday, and uncovered a North Vietnamese motor pool, bunker complexes, • and large caches of rifles, ammunition .Qoang Ng»i Nhon YANKS BURN DOWN VILLAGES IflHSHHOOK SOUTH VIETNAM [Mekong Delta C/t ttna NO BUDGING BY RUSSIA SEEN SUPPLIES- Continued jrom Page One na, and in their eyes the credibility of President Nixon's peaceful intentions has been utterly destroyed. The Soviets have nothing but Scorn for Mr. Nixon's claim that all will be over in Cambodia in a couple of months. They are convinced that the North Vietnamese will harass . the Americans to such an ex- \ent that more and more U.S. troops will be drawn in there, repealing the pattern in South Vietnam. will also acquire a greater say in Cambodia and Laos. Even though the Russians agree with the American assessment that Peking will not risk a greater confrontation with 7~tfie~ "U.S7~ by~'sericling in troops, they point out that the BOMBING,-- ..._. Continued /com Por/c One Chinese cannot help providing: North .has been limited so far; sanctuary for Indochinese guer-| jo antiaircraft and supplies be and other military equipment. Allied casualties were described as light. But the task force failed in the third day of the Cambodian offensive to find its major objective, the top command post for all Communist command !been no major infiltration or al- !mi ''tary and political activities tacks through thc"demilitarized; r/.oiie." ' j "Our aerial reconnaissance missions have been interfered Declines to Tell Specific Targets Hit in New Raids rillas in their own territory and s u p p-1 y i n g them with large quantities of arms. Soviet promises of support cannot compensate for the geographical convenience of China. In the third place, the Soviet Union will also be duty bound to step up financial and arms aid to Hanoi and other parts~of Indochina on a large scale. low Dong Hoi, about 45 miles; with only rarely," he said. the Middle East, at the moment they are less worried about the latter. \ The Russians shrug\ their shoulders about the Israelpfuss over Soviet airmen flying oper^ ational flights over Egypt. They claim that western governments have known about these flights for a long time. In private, even the usually pro-Israeli Western diplomats here do not dispute this. The Russians believe the Israeli announcement was timed, in agreement with Washington, to detract attention from American action in Cambodia, and that it is just a ruse to cover more American aid and planes. It is taken for granted here that Mr. Nixon will shortly announce American agreement to extra supplies for Israel. Soviet specialists argue that the supply of American planes will offset' U.S. domestic .criticism over the Cambodian venture and that the. gesture will bring Mr. Nixon the powerful support of Jewish "and pro-Israeli groups in America. Serious Result In Southeast Asia, the Russians are faced with a crisis of quite another dimension. They have no capacity for direct military intervention there, but the implications for them of Mr. Nixon's about-turn in Indochina policy are very serious. First, it means that no hp,pes for peace can be entertained in the-near future. Faced- with- -the •kind of pressure which the Great significance is attached Greater Urgency Demilitarized Zone ""When they have been interfered with, we've returned fire because our pilots -are going to be protected." If Hanoi did break the under- above the separating 'North and South Vietnam. The larger supply centers farther up the panhandle, like Vinh, are apparently still off standing, however, Laird said, limits to Air Force and .Navy "I certainly wouldn't hesitate to fighter bombers. | recommend to the President "Limited" Bombing President Nixon, in bombing some stockpiles north of the that we pursue a different policy." The defense secretary is a strong believer in trying to DMZ, appears to have taken a: , the flow of supplies north . in-South Vietnam. Associated I'ress correspondent Peter Arnctt, with the allied task force thrusting into the Fishhook, reported a major battle appeared shaping up for Mimot. American armor and infantry moved to the edge of the rubber plantations less than two miles ' east of Mimot along Highway 7. ••v Officers who flew over Mimot said they saw few people on the streets. "It -is—pretty well blown away," said one officer. "The rubber factory is almost corn- spokesman said thc government troops also seized 40 weapons and 7 tons of rice. South Vietnamese losses were put at 15 killed and 115_wounded. The spokesman announced that 575 North,.Vietnarnese and Viet Cong troops have been killed since the start of the Parrot's Beak operation last Wednesday, more than 200 of them by air attacks. He said the government forces have taken 124 prisoners. Total government losses were reported as 86 troops killed and 288 wounded. Rout Cambodians It was near this theater of operations that the North Viet- j namese and Viet Cong captured a strategic river crossing 3? miles southeast of Phnom Penh bomber shot down over North Vietnam. | and two pacification troops were killed and 16 soldiers and TJiTC-paeification soldier wounded. Seven civilians";weFaj!Cp6rt- ed killed and 18 wounded uT~ enemy attacks on provincial and district towns. The fighting was sharpest in the town of Hiep-Due, 35 miles southwest of Da Nang where allied forces battled (o drive ..out remnants of a North Vietnamese regiment that had occupied the town last Thursday. Allied commanders, at the risk of higher casualties among their own men, barred the use of artillery and air- strikes in hopes of savJng__the town — which was resettled by the South Vietnamese government last year — from destruction. Despite the ban on heavy supporting fire, about 10 per cent of Hiep Due's houses are in .ruin, it was reported. Some Saturday, houses were burned deliberately by North Vietnamese sol"American Heavy Attacks In S.Viet SAIGON, SOUTH VIKTNAM tfiers, an American adviser said. Others were destroyed by grenades and automatic weapons fired by both sides during 'housc-lo-housc fighting. Civilian casualties were put IAPr—Enemy forces launched tentatively at !) killed and ir> step back toward^ President; ward through La0 s by bombing pletely destroyed." Johnson's "limited Dm - 1, , II «» *-t LIllVM^Il 4JVAV.J *S J U\^11IU*1»J^| L/1C 1C 1 V UClMlUYCU. ,1111 1 V>- nomDing; lhe Ho Q hi Minh Trail He said | Mimot, .about 80 miles north-;Cambodian defenders. While the-Soviets tend to link | to the long stay — about a (policy. !he would recommend keeping j west of Saigon, was occupied! The sudden developments-in Indochina and j week — in Moscow recently ofj President Johnson—in first re-| Up tnc intensive bombing there i by North Vietnamese troops I timated North Le Duan. | striding the bombing of he; even if the Nortn yietnamese I last week when the Cambodian north to the ' area below tlie ! took over Laos and demanded a i battalion defending it'fled into Twentieth Parallel .before callrj haU . of Although the transportation of aid to Hanoi is not such a problem as it once was, it would be speedier and cheaper for the North Vietnamese to get aid viaxPeking. Although Sino-So- ciet ^relations have not im,' \ proved inuch, -Hanoi is listened to in Peking and the North Vietnamese can now plead their greater need and the urgency of some co-operation in this matter. Greater significance" is thus attached to the plea by s Soviet Party Leader Leonid Brezhnev for Communist unity at. a rally in Red Square on May Day. The Russians are not prepared to retire from entanglement in Southeast Asia and will not flinch from further economic sacrifice to sustain the Vietnamese fighting against the Americans. i This leaves only one political option open to Moscow, to try! to reconcile the" North Vietnam-! ing the total halt-said the targets hit would be those north of the DMZ "where the continuing enemy buildup directly threatens allied forward positions and where the movements of their troops and supplies are clearly related to that threat." The next several weeks should tell whether Mr. Nixon's "protective reaction" rationale for the bombing now under way will go beyond attacking supplies near antiaircraft sites. Daniel Z. Henkin, assistant secretary of defense for public affairs, said Sunday night that "I do not consider this" recent bombing "any change of our policy." He said bombing antiaircraft sites was a protective reaction "to protect the lives of our pilots." He declined to discuss specific targets or the number of planes involved in recent No Indication Defense Secretary Melvin R are now exerting, Vietnamese, it is cse to some kind of interna- Laird gave no hint of big bomb- tional conference. ing raids against North Vietnam This will be difficult and ' re- ; in a copyrighted interview given "•I'm power for using to protect American American lives," Laird said. The weekend bombing raids against North Vietnam were witnessed from the: ground by Robert S. Boyd, Washington bureau chief for the Knight Newspapers. In- his account told of watching Sunday,' he a 50-minute convening of the Geneva Conference may not be acceptable to Hanoi because they consider that the Americans have flouted every previous Geneva agreement. BELFAST VIOLENCE BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND (REUTERS) _ A group of-150 youths broke an uneasy peace in- this strife-torn capital Saturday when they attacked a Americans the North thought here cannot sign a of paving stone. peace agreement. This is a severe blow to So-j viet diplomacy because since j the beginning of the Vietnam j war Moscow has been quietly I exploring the chances of a j peaceful settlement. Soviet influence in Hanoi has been used to this end to a far greater extent thatn the outside world realizes. The Russians now feel that, they have been slapped in the '• face by the President. In the second place, extension of the conflict by the Ameri-, cans negates all Soviet efforts^ to contain the Chinese influence j in the regi&n^r-The— more Ih^ U.S. draws the whole of Indochina into the war, the more the Chinese advice in, favor of a fierce and bitter "peoples war" against the U.S. will find acceptance. . Thus, the - Chinese will regain influence in Hanoi and late last week to U.S. News and World Report and released Sunday. The "understanding" with Hanoi, he said, is that the U.S. would not bomb North Vietnam if the North Vietnamese did not shell South Vietnamese population centers, infiltrate heavily or interfere with American reconnaissance planes. Those provisions, Laird said, '•have been violated occasion- raid on Friday from the village of Vo Minh, 18 miles north of the demilitarized zone. Boyd said that bombs fell to the west-southwest of Vo Minh. He said North Vietnamese authorities insisted there were no military targets ,in the rural areas where the bombs were falling. But Boyd's escorts denied his request to take a look for himself, declaring it would be. too dangerous. The North Vietnamese, Boyd wrote, said there had been frequent bombing raids on their territory since Nov. 1, 1968. The one before the Friday's raid, they Apr. 19 hi the Ninh Hoa dis-i trict. - ' i He quoted the Vo Minh chief i as asserting that 511 of the vil- \ lage's 990 houses had been destroyed by bombs between May, 1965, and October, 1968. Pentagon officials said Sunday night that there had been "protective reaction" bombing of North Vietnam targets since November, 1968, but that this past weekend's raid was the biggest one since the halt. South Vietnam. . 519 Enemy Killed The allied task force of 8,000 American and 2,000 South Vietnamese troops doubled 'its area of operations in an attempt to block an escape northward by the 3,0004,000 North Vietnamese troops believed in the region. The U.S. Command in Saigon reported that the allied task force had killed 641 North Viet- regi- with Viet Cong and Cambodian sympathizers in control of the river crossing at Neak Luong. The attack first overran an 8 0 0-man Cambodian army battalion at Kompong' Seng, 4 miles along Highway 1 on thc Mekong River. The enemy followed this with a lightning strike on a company guarding a bridge at Stung Slot, just 2 miles after the crossing. The capture .of the ferry their heaviest at t ajLk s month throughout South nam Saturday and Sunday. The U.S. Command reported 77 rocket and mortar attacks and a half-dozen ground assaults during the 24-hour period ending at 8 a.m. Sunday. Official sources said the attacks marked a high point of enemy activity anticipated during the weekend in the second phase of the Communist command's Campaign X, launched Apr. 1 with more than 100 attacks. U.S. communiques reported; that the upsurge in enemy ac- i jtivity killed 15 Americans and 1 ! wounded 79. in a .wounded. Viet- residents fled. Most of the town's appeared to have Field officers at Landing Zone West, five miles east of Hicp Due, said 219 North Vietnamese had been killed so far in the four-day battle. U.S. losses were 7 killed and 63 wounded, the officers said. Incomplete reports put government casualties at about a dozen killed and some 20 wounded. Hiep Due, the westernmost resettled area in Quang Tin Province, is about 30 miles in from the South China Sea. CZECHS SEEK ASYLUM VERONA, ITALY (AP) Six you n<g Czechoslovaks i showed up at Allied forces claimed 102 ene- Sunday and asked my troops killed in fighting inside South Vietnam. station >r -political llVrp with ;i_ .group o - Chosova buns s. Incomplete field reports, said Italian authorities were consid- thrce South Vietnamese soldiers Wing the request. , ... , _ ,,. crossing isolates the citv of namese and Viet Cong soldiers, j Svav Ricng in easlern Cam . most o them by bombers and; boc] j with i(s follr Or niore . helicopter gunships, smce the ; batta , ions of Cambodian troops, start of the operation. ,_„ . ., .,„ ,, Elsewhere, the L.S. Coin- Total U.S. casualties for the same period were reported as 10 killed .and 381 wounded. South Vietnamese forces, accompanied by American advisers on another thrust farther south bodia into a known section as the of Cam- Parrot's Beak, encountered stiff resistance Saturday. Headquarters said 152 North Vietnamese and Viet Cong soldiers were killed and 79 cap- turcd in da y lon i "'gating. A mand reported hundreds of air strikes by both tactical-fighter and B-52 strategic bombers ranging from inside Cambodia and Laos to within two miles of the demilitarized zone in efforts to cut infiltration of North Vietnamese troops and supplies into South Vietnam. Headquarters also .reported the loss of six American aircraft, five of them supporting the .operations inside Cambodia, and an Air Force F-4 Jighter- military police jeep with pieces i ally, but have been fairly well I lived up to by Hanoi. There has More Security With FALSE TEE While Eating, Talking Don't be «o air&id tha.t your false tee-Lb will come loose or drop just at the wrgn£ time. For more security •ad mgi»/x?f? f f'rT-.' sprtnJtle famous FA6TEETH Deature Adhesive Powder on your plates. FASTEETH nolda dentures firmer longer. Makes eating easier. yASTEETH i* aJJca- line—won't cour under dentures. 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