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K 2 The Arizona Republic Phoenix, Sat.. Aug. 15.1970 15,000 U.S. troops going home Associated Press SAIGON — In a move to Vietnamize the war in provinces around Saigon, about 15,000 U.S. troops will be sent home and remaining combat units will play support roles to South Vietnamese forces taking over the American fighting role, official sources said yesterday. The informants said at least two full brigades and the equivalent of a third, totaling the manpower of an American combat division, will be withdrawn from the 3rd Military Region, which embraces the 11 provinces surrounding the capial. The remaining American units in that region already are concentrating on destroying enemy stockpiles in the interior areas and on supporting South Vietnamese troops who have taken over the American job of disrupting infiltration and supply lines of the enemy along the Cambodian border. The specific units to be withdrawn cannot be named for secuirty reasons until the move is announced by the U.S. Command. The shift of forces represents both confidence in the increasing security of the region and a shift in tactics for the South Vietnamese. American field commanders believe that the allied forays into Cambodia earlier this year virtually eliminated the possibility of late - scale enemy offensives around Saigon for several months. At the same time, the South Vietnamese are free to operate on both sides of the border and thus are in a better position to do the job the Americans were charged with before the incursions began. Lt. Gen. Michael S. Davison, commander of American troops in the 3rd Military Region, said his forces are "trying to clean up" Vietcong and North Vietnamese internal supply • caches and are "hassling the remaining enemy" east and northeast of the capital. The estimated 5&,000 Americans designated to stay in the region after the withdrawal thus will still be on hand to give the South Vietnamese air and logistical support and come to their aid with combat troops, if needed. Battlefield action dropped off sharply yesterday along the coastal strip called the "Street Without Joy" in the north where fighting flared Wednesday and Thursday. A government military spokesman claimed South Vietnamese regulars and militiamen killed 239 of the enemy, captured 56 and took five defectors in the first two days . of fighting. Government casualties were put at 15 killed and 39 wounded. In the mountains southwest of the fighting in the populous lowlands, the South Vietnamese 1st Infantry Division sent two more battalions to reinforce two already operating in and around Fire Base O'Reilly, which has been under North Vietnamese pressure since Sunday. , O'Reilly is one of a group of patrol bases near the Laotian border screening enemy infiltration into the coastal strip of South Vietnam. The South Vietnamese force in the area now equals or ex- c e e d s the estimated 1,500 North Vietnamese threatening the base. Only scattered fighting was reported around O'Reilly yesterday as B52 bombers pound- e suspected enemy positions three to six miles southwest of the base with about 900 tons of explosives. Reports from Phnom Penh, Cambodia, indicated that fighting in that country had slowed considerably, with only four minor actions reported. Three of them involved South Vietnamese units that suffered no casualties. 1st public overture Seoul offers to talk if North quits warring Cambodian soldiers try to evade the stench of decomposing bodies as they pass a civilian convoy ambushed by the Vietcong two days earlier. At least A»KKI«t«d Pr«M 11 civilians were killed and an undetermined number of others were carried off. Observers term the ambush one of the worst terrorist incidents in the war. N. Vietsseek More local truces in Cambodia 1/2 planes monitoring cease-fire Los Angeles Times Service PHNOM PENH - North Vietnamese troops fighting in Cambodia have apparently sought to establish localized truces with Cambodian gov- e r n m e n t forces in recent days. According to military sources here, the North Vietnamese have taken more severe punishment recently than is generally thought. The respite sought by the North Vietnamese in some areas would explain the lull in military activity, which has become generalized over the whole of Cambodian territory according to Cambodian military officials. The military sources say that observation of North Vietnamese operations i n Cambodia over the past eight weeks shows that the same troops have frequently been committed to action in one place after another with hardly any rest between actions. Cambodian villagers who have seen the North Vietnamese troops at close hand while they are on the march at night report that they appear tired and sometimes march in disorder. The fact that Hanoi has kept its troops in Cambodia constantly on the move, in contrast to the manner of operation of North Vietnamese troops in South Vietnam who spend weeks familiarizing themselves with the battlefield on which they plan to fight is reported also to have resulted in tactical blunders and confusion which in turn have aggravated North Vietnamese losses. In one instance, North Viet- n a m e s e troops reportedly surged out of a forest onto a flat plain with few trees making easy targets for the Cambodians. In some areas North Vietnamese commanders are reported to have chained their soldiers to trees where they wanted them to .hold fixed positions. The rapid movements of regiment-size North Vietnamese units have resulted in a series of battles, some of them extremely bloody, ranging over widely dispersed parts of the country. These battles, together with the nightly mortar shelling of provincial towns by infiltrating squads, have tended to give the impression to the outside world that the Cambodian army is gasping its last breath. Underneath all this however, the fact remains that the North Vietnamese today do not hold any major Cambodian town that they did not hold in the middle of June and the North Vietnamese have notably failed to capture the towns of Kampong Cham, Kampong Thorn and Soun, all of which have been the sites of heavy fighting. Continued from Page 1 Informed sources said there was a de facto understanding between the Arab and Israeli disputants and the United States that permits the American over- flights. It is not a specific part of the cease - fire package deal. Where the long-range U2 planes are based is not known, except that the aircraft — which gained dubious fame when Francis Gary Powers was shot down in one over the Soviet Union 10 years ago — do not land in Egypt or Israel. Several more days are expected to pass before the U.S. government finally makes a judgment on whether in fact the Egyptians and Russians perfidiously broke their word immediately after giving it. At stake, conceivably, is abortion of the American peace plan before substantive discussions can start. At best, a heavy cloud of bad faith will hang over any negotiations. The United States does not so much suspect the Israeli conclusions are untrue as it would prefer to confront the Russians with its own rather than someone else's evidence, sources said. The Russian response is uncertain even to unchallengeable American evidence, however. There was little likelihood, for example, that the United States will even ask the Russians to pull back the missiles, as in the Cuban missile crisis. The Israelis, on the other hand, have made rectification of the alleged violation a first order of business for the broader American peace plan. This does not mean Israel will boycott the embryonic peace talks with United Nations mediator Gunnar V. Jarring if the missiles stay in place, nor even try to wipe out the offending weapons in an air strike that might end the cease fire. Some compensation might be offered Israel, in the form of American military equipment, to balance the tactical advantage Egypt may have gained through any clandestine missile movements. President Nixon, for example, has given broad assurances to Israeli premier Golda Meir that Israel will not suffer a military disadvantage for accepting the American peace initiative. Some American officials have called the Nixon pledge a "blank check" for new arms, and Israel has a very long shopping list — including 25 F4 Phantoms, 100 A4 Skyhawk fighter - bombers, tanks, air - to - surface missiles, artillery and ordinary bombs. SEOUL,- President Chung Hee Park declared today that South Korea would be willing to take "epochal and more realistic measures" toward peaceful national reunification if North Korea renounced use of force. The South Korean leader made the suggestion in a major policy speech he delivered at a government-sponsored public ceremony held on the capitol grounds here to commemorate the 25th anniversary of Korea's liberation from Japanese rule at the end of World War II. This is the first time any Seoul government leader publicly has announced its readiness to take a mote flexible and positive approach to reunification. It has been forbidden for South Koreans to suggest any direct dealings with Communist North Korea. The Seoul government has shown a completely negative attitude to any North Korean proposals for peaceful unification. "As long as the North Korean Commumists persist in aggressive amd provacative acts as they are engaged in now," Park said, "whatever they profess, it is nothing but a disguise, camouflage or fraud. "Any approach toward the reunification by p e a c e f u 1 means is not feasible without the easing of tensions," he added. Therefore, t h e president said: "The North Korean Communists should desist forthwith from perpetrating all sorts of military provocations including the dispatch of armed agents into the South and make an announcement publicly that they renounce henceforth their so-valled policy of communizing the whole of Korea by force and overthrowing the Republic of Ko- rea by means of violent revolution, and prove their sincerity by deeds." When these prerequisites have been met and the United Nations verifies it, he said, "I would be prepared to suggest epochal and more realistic measures, with a view to removing, step by step, various artificial barriers existing between South and North" to lay the groundwork for unification. By "artificial barriers," he obviously was referring to the South Korean ban on exchange of mail, travels and trade with the North. North Korea has called for such exchanges, and a confederation of the South and the North in its overtures for p e a c e f u 1 unixication. Park also said South Korea no longer would oppose North Korea's presence in the debate of the Korean question at the United Nations if Pyongyang accepted "unequivocally" the competence and authority of the United Nations in dealing with the Korean unification problem. BEEE-ZY TIME IN TTTUSVILLE TITUSVILLE, Pa. (AP) - A truck laden with 100 beehives ran out of control and struck a utility pole outside the city limits yesterday, smashing the hives and unleashing thousands of the buzzing insects. Police in this northwestern Pennsylvania community warned motorists to keep their windows up as a precautionary measure. There are no homes or businesses nearby. PRISONERS RELEASED ATHENS (AP) - Greece carried out a pledge it made to plane hijackers last month and released seven Palestinian commandos from an Athens prison early yesterday. Nicholas Daskalopoulos, chief of Athens' security police, said the seven were turned over to an International Red Cross official who took them to the airport. They were flown later to an Arab nation which Daskalopoulos would not name. Egypt's missile buildup continues. Israel says j United Press International Israel charged yesterday that Egypt is continuing to expand its Soviet-supplied surface-to-air-missile network near the Suez Canal in new "grave violation" of the cease-fire. It complained to U.N. truce observers that a new Soviet missile battery and fresh construction work were spotted Thursday. The complaint said Israel discovered an additional SAM battery had been installed and that construction work had been resumed at incomplete and empty missile sites. Israel's complaint gave the map coordinates of the new SAM battery and the construction site. The spokesman did not discolse the exact locations, but said "all these activities are well within the 32-mile standstill zone (along the Suez Canal). Diplomatic sources in Jerusalem said earlier yesterday that Israel was still awaiting word from Washington on what action would be taken to remove the Soviet missiles. Political sources said the Israeli government was dem and ing that the United States, as the originator and mediator of the cease-fire, should see to the missiles' removal. They said peace talks under the auspices of U.N. special Israel kits Jordanians Associated Press TEL AVIV - Israeli jets hit Jordanian army positions and guerrilla targets yesterday in what Jordan charged was the second Israeli cease- fire violation within 24 hours. that assist Palestinian guerrillas and make it possible "for them to act against Israeli civilians." In Beirut, the weekly magazine Events said the United M.'iU-s had p) ooa-'i ;> yjjij- midable block to the Middle East peace. The solution calls for the return of 40,000 refugees to Israel from the JVi million who now live in the squalid e cbjuj>!j in neighboring envoy Gunnar V. Jarring were not likely to begin until the missiles had been removed. Israeli Deputy Premier Yigal Allon said in a broadcast last night that if the Egyptians and Russians become convinced Washington will not react to their missiles moves, "this will seriously undermine belief in America in this region and fat the long run not only we shall be harmed but the United States also." A U.N. spokesman in New York said Secretary General U Thant had received a "confidential" report from the U.N. truce supervision organization's chief of staff on the Israeli complaint of the missile buildup. In Beirut, diplomatic observers said the Israeli charges against Egypt would help Cairo in its quarrels with Arab neighbors who had criticized the Egyptians for accepting the U.S. Middle East peace proposals and the 90- day truce. Egyptian newspapers and radio broadcasts said the Israeli charges were designed to frustrate a peaceful solution to the Middle East problem. The Arizona Republic Published every morning by Phoenix Newspapers, Inc. (120 East Van Buren) P.O. 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