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Operation Tailwind

On 08 June 1998 CNN and Time magazine published allegation that the services used sarin nerve agent in Laos in 1970 in Operation Tailwind, a special operations mission. Use of sarin would have been against U.S. policy at the time. According to the news reports, U.S. soldiers and Montagnard allies went into Laos to destroy an enemy enclave and kill US defectors believed to be hiding there. (Montagnards are a group of people who live in the mountainous regions of Laos and Vietnam.) The story claims sarin was used to eliminate resistance and later to defeat an enemy counterattack. DoD records say the only mission was to locate and destroy enemy caches of ammunition, weapons and supplies in Laos and to gather intelligence.

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