Lesotho: Predawn Raid

LESOTHO Predawn Raid South Africa's blanket invasion

At 1 o'clock in the morning a full moon shone over Maseru (pop. 75,000), capital of the tiny African kingdom of Lesotho, a mountainous enclave within South Africa. Most of the residents had gone to bed, except for a few night owls playing the slot machines and roulette wheels of Maseru's two casinos. Suddenly the staccato of gunfire rocked the night. Lesotho had been invaded.

During the next hour, 100 South African commandos who had crept across the border only a few hundred yards away fanned...

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