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Amerikas geheimer Krieg in Laos - Die größte Militäroperation der CIA (2009)

Tells of the absurd brutality of a conflict, that has barely been documented in it's full extent and yet cost up to hundreds of thousand lives.

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Marc Eberle
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After 30 years of conspiracy theories and myth making, this film uncovers the story of the CIA's most extensive clandestine operation in the history of modern warfare: The Secret War in Laos, which was conducted alongside the Vietnam War from 1964 -1973. While the world's attention was caught by the conflict in Vietnam, the CIA built the busiest military airport in the world in neighboring and neutral Laos and recruited humanitarian aid personnel, Special Forces agents and civilian pilots to undertake what would become the most effective operation of counterinsurgency warfare. As the conflict in Vietnam grew, the objective in Laos changed from a cost effective low-key involvement to save the country from becoming communist into an all-out air war to cut the Ho Chi Minh Trail and bomb Laos back into the Stone Age that it had never really left in the first place. Conventional bombs equivalent to the destructive power of 20 Hiroshima-type weapons fell on Laos each year - 2 million tons ... Written by crew

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Germany

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6 October 2009 (Japan) See more »

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CIA: Opération Laos See more »

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Laos had more bombs dropped on it during the Vietnam War than were dropped during all of World War II. See more »

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fact-finding documentary of the secret war in Laos, during the Vietnam war.
21 February 2010 | by orzySee all my reviews

Film pictures the establishment of a large and secret airbase, Long Chen, by the American CIA in LAos, near the Plane of JArs, in the period 1960 -1975. Officially, there were no American soldiers in Laos, but American pilots dropped staggering loads of bombs in the North-EAstern part of Laos, along the so called Ho Chi Min trail, used by the Norht Vietnamese, into South Vietnam and Cambodia. The CIA also set up an army of local hill people, the Hmong, led by their general Vang PAo. These hill tribes were the real victims in this secret war. Pictures on the scene in LAos, are cut with interviews of pilots and journalists who where present at the time, or tried to find out what was really happening there, since the US-government has always denied its involvement, until very recently. The area of Xiengkhong in NE Laos is up to the present day, considered unsafe because of pirating/fighting descendants of the local army of the past. The documentary was shown on German TV (ARTE) last week, unfortunately voiced over by a German translation of the interviews in English. I lived in Vientiane, LAos, in 1970/1971. Film seems an accurate account of what I saw and heard myself at the time.


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