World: The Thread of Death

When the French fought in Viet Nam, they called it la sale guerre—the filthy war. It has grown even more so. The scrawny Viet Cong guerrilla, who has always fought from the shadows, has become an expert in the art of booby traps. At the beginning of this year, 20% of all U.S. wounded were the victims of Charlie's booby traps and land mines, and the casualties are growing. In the U.S. Marine sectors alone, booby-trap incidents have increased from an average of three a day in January to nearly eight a day last month. Wherever he goes, every foot soldier...

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