July 30, 1961 - In South Vietnam, Communist Viet Cong guerrillas (pictured) are now estimated to number 12,000. They are taking 500-700 lives a month in a systematic campaign of assassination. Many of the victims are village chiefs and health, agricultural and education officers. In this struggle, the Communists hold most of the cards. They are disciplined and operate in a terrain favorable to guerrilla activities. The South Vietnamese officialdom is often weak, inefficient and corrupt. The U.S. recently sent to South Vietnam 100 men from its Special Forces Organization on Okinawa to help train Vietnamese troops in guerrilla warfare.
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