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Government on the Offensive in South Vietnam

Nov. 1, 1961 - More than 500 Vietnamese Communist guerrillas are reported to have been killed in clashes with Government forces in recent days. It appears that the Government forces have become more active in seeking out the elusive foe and destroying his bases. Formerly it was nearly always the Viet Cong guerrillas who ambushed Goverment troops, but now it is often the reverse. On the other hand, the number of Communists involved in recent operations is believed to foreshadow a buildup of the insurgent forces. These are now estimated at 20,000 men, or more than double the Viet Cong strength of 6 months ago.


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