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US arms airlift continues for Thai ground forces

A US Air Force C-141 Starlifter landed here Sunday with an emergency cargo of guns and ammunition for Thailand's ground forces -- the third shipment of weapons to arrive over the July 4 weekend. Three more shipments were set for delivery today (July 7) and Tuesday.

President Carter ordered the 47-ton airlift of $3.8 million worth of military hardware after Vietnamese forces attacked Thai border villages and Cambodian frontier refugee settlements two weeks ago. The airlift responds to urgent Thai requests for accelerated delivery.

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Aboard the giant cargo planes were M-16 rifles, 106-mm recoilless rifles, and 105-mm howitzers, plus ammunition. Thailand has paid for the military hardware, but the United States is footing the $1 million transportation bill.

At the border 150 miles east of Bangkok, officials said Sunday they noticed no new Vietnamese troop movements on the Cambodian side of the frontier.

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