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October 12, 1987

Vietnam said it will stage its annual partial troop withdrawal from Cambodia in November, pulling out a division and four brigades. The Defense Ministry announcement did not give the total number of men to be withdrawn, but officials previously had put the figure at 20,000. Vietnam has made five previous withdrawals, but Western countries have dismissed these as regular rotations of troops fighting three allied guerrilla groups. Vietnam occupied its western neighbor in December, 1978, to oust the Chinese-backed Khmer Rouge government led by Pol Pot.

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