World: The Foreign Legion Fights Again

At Camp Raffali in Corsica, officers and men of the Deuxèeme REP (Second Foreign Parachute Regiment) listened in silence to radio newscasts from Zaire. There was no sign of mourning when Foreign Legion casualties from their unit were announced, even though punishment squads of delinquent recruits were already digging graves in a military cemetery near the legion's paratroop base. "If they get you, they get you," said a veteran. "One legionnaire is worth 20 of the opposition."

For the battle-hungry members of the world's most-storied fighting unit, last week's 650-paratroop rescue mission in Shaba...

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