Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Final MIA operation takes off

Final MIA operation takes off

Final MIA operation takes off

The US military this week launched their final MIA search mission in Cambodia,

with a 50-man team flying in from Thailand.

Using three UH-60 Black Hawk

helicopters, the team will spend around 30 days investigating eight cases of US

servicemen who went missing in action during the Indochina war.

The

searches will take place in Kompong Thom, Kompong Cham and Siem Reap provinces,

with three of the cases being aircraft crash sites, the other five are of

American military personnel who went missing while on foot.

The US

personnel and helicopters will be unarmed but will be protected against attacks

by Khmer Rouge guerrillas or bandits by a squad from the Royal Cambodian Armed

Forces.

The mission is the last of nine conducted in the country since

Detachment Four of the Joint Task Force - Full Accounting was set up at the US

Embassy in Phnom Penh in February 1992.

The team has investigated 39

cases in all, involving 78 individuals, though has only been able to recover and

positively identify the remains of three missing Americans, a reporter and two

servicemen.

The commander of the team, US Air Force Major Tony Lowe, said

the searches are a pains-taking operation and admits: "It is like looking for a

needle in a haystack."

But he said the missions have comforted the

families of the missing by providing them with more information about what

happened to their loved ones.

Major Lowe was also full of praise for the

Cambodian governments for their cooperation with the search. He said:"We are

receiving excellent support, I don't know how it could have been better."

MOST VIEWED

  • New US bill ‘is a violation of Cambodian independence’

    After a US congressmen introduced bipartisan legislation that will enact sanctions on Cambodian officials responsible for “undermining democracy” in the Kingdom, government officials and the ruling Cambodian People’s Party on Sunday said they regarded the potential action as the “violation of independence and sovereignty

  • Long way to go before Cambodia gets a ‘smart city’

    Phnom Penh, Siem Reap and Battambang will struggle to attain smart city status without adopting far reaching master plans, according to officials tasked with implementing the program. The brainchild of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean), the smart city program seeks to link up

  • Japan bank buys major stake in ANZ Royal Bank

    Japan's largest bank acquired more than half of ANZ’s shares in Cambodia on Thursday, according to a statement from Kith Meng’s Royal Group. Japan's JTrust Bank, announced that they had acquired a 55% of stake in ANZ Royal Bank. According to a Royal Group

  • Ministry’s plan for net sparks fears

    The government has ordered all domestic and international internet traffic in the Kingdom to pass through a Data Management Centre (DMC) that has been newly created by the state-owned Telecom Cambodia, in a move some have claimed is an attempt to censor government critics. Spokesman