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Laotian veterans recall guerrilla unit

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Laotian veterans of the Vietnam War who served in a special guerrilla unit are gathering in New Britain this weekend to commemorate the 50th anniversary of their service. The CIA organized and funded the guerrilla unit, known as the ‘‘secret army,’’ to conduct covert operations in Laos where US forces were forbidden to enter. More than 35,000 of the fighters died in combat, and thousands relocated to the United States after the war. Governor Dannel P. Malloy is scheduled to attend the opening ceremony of the daylong celebration on Saturday. (AP)