In October 2005, the Lao PDR military began another campaign against the veterans of the U.S. Secret Army in the Xaysomboune Special Zone and Borikhamxay Province. Military helicopters re-supplied ammunitions and troops to the military camps surrounding the people in the jungle at both regions. The Lao PDR military strategic plan has been using starvation as a weapon of war to wipe out the U.S. Secret veterans and their families, numbering around 15,000 people, trapped in the remote mountainous jungles of northern Laos.
On February 7, 2006, Lao Minister of National Defense Lieutenant General Douangchai Phichit made an effort to Vietnam, seeking for military cooperation between the two countries. "The Vietnamese Party, State and people have always worked to create favorable conditions for the armies of Viet Nam and Laos to promote cooperation, contribution to national construction, defense and maintenance of security in the two countries" stated President Tran Duc Luong while receiving the Lao Defense Minister in Ha Noi.
On February 9, 2006, the U.S. Congress funded radio station, Radio Free Asia, reported Lao Defense Minister Lieutenant General Douangchai Phichit's trip to Vietnam was aimed for the cooperation for Vietnamese soldiers to help the Lao PDR troops to fight against the Hmong in the Xaysomboune Special Zone and Xieng Khouang. At the latter part of February 2006, the combine military campaign had begun.
Beginning February 21, 2006 to March 26, 2006, reports from numerous groups in the jungles of Laos confirmed the increase of combine military activities against the 15,000+ U.S. Secret veterans and their families trapped in the remote jungles of Laos.
As of February 21, 2006, Secret Veteran leader in the Borikhamxay Province, near the border of Laos and Vietnam, reported that at 11:30 a.m., a Lao PDR military MI-6 helicopter flew from La Sao and dropped three bombs into Wa Meng Yang's group and fired machine guns at them. Four people were seriously injured, two women and two children. Sixty-five people were affected by the chemical activities where fifteen people were in severe condition. Wa Meng Yang also reported on February 27, 2006 that his people have been surrounded by nine military groups consisting of both Lao PDR military and one group of Vietnamese troops since February 22, 2006. They are starving and pleading for international intervention to condemn both LPDR and SRV military to withdraw and bring humanitarian assistance to them.
On March 1, 2006 a report came from Vang Chia, a military leader in the Xieng Khoang Province, an area previously called the Xaysomboune Special Zone. Vang Chia reported that on February 22, 2006, at about 1:00 p.m., a Lao military B-8 helicopter flew through the Phu Bia area, near Lima Site 65 (Pha Phai) and Lima Site 5 (Pha Dong), and sprayed chemical agents containing yellow and red color at his people. The people have been experiencing headache, vomiting, and diarrhea as the result of this incident.
On February 27, 2006, the Blackbirds' sources also indicated that communist military intelligence confirmed movements of Lao PDR military from:
1.. Ban Pha Xai consisted of 50 men to attack the Secret veteran group at Lima Site 5, Pha Dong.
2.. Ban Than Vieng to attack the Secret veteran groups hiding near Lima Site 65, Pha Phai.
3.. Ban Muang Ong to attack the Secret veteran groups hiding near Lima Site 65, Pha Phai.
All three groups are to comb the area and merge toward Lima Site 65.
Moua Toua Ter, Secret War veteran leader in the Xieng Khouang Province, reported that starting at 9:00 a.m. on February 27th and 28th, 2006 the Lao military camps surrounding the Pha Sie area are firing DK-82 mortar at his groups who were desperately out in search for food.
Yang Toua Thao, another Secret War veteran leader in the Xieng Khouang Province, also reported the same activities his group is experiencing. Yang Toua Thao informed that since the 20th of February to the present time the Lao military have been firing mortar at his people.
Moua Toua Ter pleaded, "We do not know what their next military campaign is going to be like, but I am pleading to the international community to please intervene and save our people in the jungle. I am Moua Toua Ter."
A telephone report on March 3, 2006 from Wa Leng Lee's group, the group visited by the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) in March 2004, stated that the Lao military have sent military trucks carrying a combination of Lao and Vietnamese soldiers numbering about 100 men, from Muang Mok to attack his group in Phu Nanon on February 26, 2006. Blackbirds, FFC's underground network, confirmed that on March 1, 2006 one battalion of Lao PDR was sent from Xieng Khouang, previously known as Xaysomboune Special Zone, into Muang Mok. The Communist troops are divided into three groups to attack Wa Leng Lee's group in Phu Nanon. The first group came from Muang Mok and Nan Khoang, consisted of Battalion Pa Chai, Battalion 14, Battalion 256 and a battalion of Vietnamese numbering 80 men. The second group came from Hah Sie, Mong Bann and Non Luah consisted of Battalion 615, Battalion 616, and some Vietnamese troops. The third group came from Muang Nga, consisted of Battalion 117 and Vietnamese troops. As observed by the Blackbirds, all Lao military groups are accompanied by Vietnamese troops. The latest report came from Wa Leng Lee on March 26, 2006 indicated his group is completely surrounded by LPDR and SRV troops and unable to access any food sources at this time. Wa Leng Lee also reported that on March 19, 2006 his group was ambushed by the joint military of LPDR and SRV. Three of his people were kill in the incident. More detail report is to be followed.
The Fact Finding Commission is dedicated to exposing the plight of the veterans of the U.S. Secret War who have hid in the mountains and jungles of Laos for the past thirty years to escape the retribution of the communist Lao government for their loyalty services to the United States during the U.S. Secret War in Southeast Asia.
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