World: Report from a Captured Correspondent

On Aug. 3, TIME Correspondent Robert Anson drove out of Phnom-Penh to cover a battle at Skoun, 45 miles to the northeast. He never made it. At 3:55 in the afternoon, he was captured by anti-government forces. On Aug. 23, Anson drove back into Phnom-Penh with a release order in his pocket, unharmed and in good health. What follows is Anson's own account of his 21 days behind the lines:

I WAS looking for the buses, the gaudy red, yellow and blue buses in which the Cambodian army rides off to fight and sometimes die....

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