THAILAND: War Against the Night

Winding through narrow jungle roads, a platoon of Thailand's crack 1st Cavalry Battalion was caught last month in the bloodiest ambush yet staged by the country's Communist insurgents. Twenty-two of the unit's 26 men were quickly cut down in a fusillade of rocket grenades and heavy machine-gun fire. Seizing the platoon's weapons and ammunition, the Communists set the dead bodies afire with gasoline, then slipped back into their jungle cover.

The war in Indochina is not over. It has merely moved to a new battleground —Thailand. Prime Minister Tanin Kraivixien now calls the long-smoldering (at least eleven years) insurgency by...

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