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South Vietnam President Diem: We're at War

Oct. 1, 1961 - South Vietnam's struggle against armed Communist insurgents has grown from guerrilla action to "real war" in the last year, President Ngo Dinh Diem (pictured right) said today. "It is no longer a guerrilla war we have to face but a real war waged by an enemy who attacks us with regular units fully and heavily equipped and who seeks a strategic decision in Southeast Asia in conformity with the orders of the Communist International," President Diem declared. Recent damaging attacks by Communist guerrilla bands of battalion strength (up to 1,000 men) are thought to be a prelude to more severe #Communist offensives.


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