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Vietnam: Hmong Remain Enemies of the Communist State

December 17, 2007

By Thomas Fuller
The New York Times
December 17, 2007

VIENTIANE PROVINCE, Laos — They call themselves America’s forgotten soldiers.

Tomas Van Houtryve/The International Herald Tribune

Four decades after the Central Intelligence Agency hired thousands of jungle warriors to fight Communists on the western fringes of the Vietnam War, men who say they are veterans of that covert operation are isolated, hungry and periodically hunted by a Laotian Communist government still mistrustful of the men who sided with America.

“If I surrender, I will be punished,” said Xang Yang, a wiry 58-year-old still capable of crawling nimbly through thick bamboo underbrush. “They will never forgive me. I cannot live outside the jungle because I am a former American soldier.

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