August 02, 1971 : Nixon administration acknowledges secret army in Laos

Introduction

The Nixon administration officially acknowledges that the CIA is maintaining a force of 30,000 ‘irregulars’ fighting the Communist Pathet Lao in Laos. The CIA trained and equipped this force of mountain tribesman, mostly from the Hmong tribe, to fight a secret war against the Communists and to sever the Ho Chi Minh Trail into South Vietnam. According to a once top-secret report released this date by the U.S. Defense and State Departments, U.S. financial involvement in Laos had totaled $284,200,000 in 1970.

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August 02, 1971 : Nixon administration acknowledges secret army in Laos

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    2009

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    August 02, 1971 : Nixon administration acknowledges secret army in Laos

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  • Access Date

    November 22, 2017

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