August 14, 1973 : U.S. bombing of Cambodia ceases

Introduction

After several days of intense bombing in support of Lon Nol’s forces fighting the communist Khmer Rouge in the area around Phnom Penh, Operations Arc Light and Freedom Deal end as the United States ceases bombing Cambodia at midnight. This was in accordance with June Congressional legislation passed in June and ended 12 years of combat activity in Indochina. President Nixon denounced Congress for cutting off the funding for further bombing operations, saying that it had undermined the “prospects for world peace.” The United States continued unarmed reconnaissance flights and military aid to Cambodia, but ultimately the Khmer Rouge prevailed in 1975.

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August 14, 1973 : U.S. bombing of Cambodia ceases

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    History.com Staff

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    History.com

  • Year Published

    2009

  • Title

    August 14, 1973 : U.S. bombing of Cambodia ceases

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    http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/u-s-bombing-of-cambodia-ceases

  • Access Date

    November 21, 2017

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    A+E Networks