In the Khmer Republic, government and South Vietnamese forces are taking part in a joint operation in the Parrot's Beak area, south-east of Phnompenh near South Vietnam's border.
Aerial Highway One
Aerial showing troops patrolling paddyfield
Aerial showing landing marker
Khmer commander shakes hands with South Vietnamese commander, both study map
Troops patrolling paddyfield
Refugees from Krek
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Background: In the Khmer Republic, government and South Vietnamese forces are taking part in a joint operation in the Parrot's Beak area, south-east of Phnompenh near South Vietnam's border.
It is taking place near Highway One in Svey Rieng Province. The operation is going ahead despite the fact that South Vietnamese forces based at Krek to the north withdrew back to their own country without warning, leaving the Khmer defence less.
Relations between military leaders of the two countries were sourced by the move, but here in the Parrot's Beak both forces are co-operating closely in the sweep to clear Communist sanctuary areas.
The South Vietnamese withdrawal left Khmer troops and civilians no alternative except a hasty retreat. Hundreds of families fled south to seek refuge in the Parrot's Beak where conditions were securer -thanks to the presence and joint efforts of Khmer and South Vietnamese forces.