The War: Shrinking Sanctuary

Few places remain in South Viet Nam where Communist forces enjoy anything like a sanctuary and can operate with relative impunity. One is the A Shau Valley in northernmost I Corps, which was taken by the North Vietnamese two years ago when they overran a U.S. Special Forces camp and has been held by them ever since. The other is the U Minh Forest deep in the Delta, a Viet Cong domain since the end of World War II. Last week U.S. airpower—with, in one instance, a major assist from nature—was put to work to destroy those sanctuaries.

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