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February 11, 1999 | DAVID LAMB, TIMES STAFF WRITER
When Indonesian soldiers parachuted into East Timor in 1975, in an invasion carried out with tacit U.S. approval, Marxist guerrillas in the island territory were there to greet them with a withering barrage of bullets. Many of the paratroopers died before hitting the ground. That was the beginning of a 24-year association that has never gotten much friendlier. It turned the former Portuguese colony into what Indonesian presidential candidate Amien Rais has called "a thorn in our flesh."
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February 11, 1999 | DAVID LAMB, TIMES STAFF WRITER
When Indonesian soldiers parachuted into East Timor in 1975, in an invasion carried out with tacit U.S. approval, Marxist guerrillas in the island territory were there to greet them with a withering barrage of bullets. Many of the paratroopers died before hitting the ground. That was the beginning of a 24-year association that has never gotten much friendlier. It turned the former Portuguese colony into what Indonesian presidential candidate Amien Rais has called "a thorn in our flesh."
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