CAMBODIA: The Rebels: A Force of Many Faces

The Rebels: A Force of Many Faces

One of the larger mysteries of the war in Cambodia is the precise nature of the antigovernment insurgents who now control more than half the population and 80% of the country.

Until the 1970 coup d'etat, in which Marshal Lon Not overthrew the government of Prince Norodom Sihanouk, the Cambodian rebel force, then known as the Khmer Rouge, was a ragged band of perhaps 3,000 guerrillas who were affiliated with the North Vietnamese and the Viet Cong. Since then, the rebels have grown into a seasoned revolutionary army of at least 45,000 troops, with...

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