September 6, 2016 18:11 IST

U.S. legacy in Laos - Present condition reveals lethal nature of CIA's secret war

1 of 19 Laos,Secret war in Laos,Vietnam war,CIA secret war,U.S. legacy in Laos,President Barack Obama,ASEAN summit,North Vietnam,unexploded ordnance,bombing missions
U.S. President Barack Obama arrived at Vientiane, Laos, to attend the ASEAN summit. He became the first U.S. president to visit Laos. He is expected to discuss U.S. efforts to clean up the unexploded ordnance that were dropped during 1964 to 1973, wherein U.S. warplanes dropped more than 270 million cluster munitions on Laos that were part of CIA’s secret operation to destroy supply routes of North Vietnam fighters. The U.S. ran 580,000 bombing missions where one-third of the bombs never exploded, contaminating the land and leaving a trail of devastation. About 20,000 Lao were either killed or injured, even after the completion of the Vietnam War. Credit: Reuters
2 of 19 Laos,Secret war in Laos,Vietnam war,CIA secret war,U.S. legacy in Laos,President Barack Obama,ASEAN summit,North Vietnam,unexploded ordnance,bombing missions
U.S. President Barack Obama arrived at Vientiane, Laos, to attend the ASEAN summit. He became the first U.S. president to visit Laos. He is expected to discuss U.S. efforts to clean up the unexploded ordnance that were dropped during 1964 to 1973, wherein U.S. warplanes dropped more than 270 million cluster munitions on Laos that were part of CIA’s secret operation to destroy supply routes of North Vietnam fighters. The U.S. ran 580,000 bombing missions where one-third of the bombs never exploded, contaminating the land and leaving a trail of devastation. About 20,000 Lao were either killed or injured, even after the completion of the Vietnam War. Credit: Reuters
3 of 19 Laos,Secret war in Laos,Vietnam war,CIA secret war,U.S. legacy in Laos,President Barack Obama,ASEAN summit,North Vietnam,unexploded ordnance,bombing missions
U.S. President Barack Obama arrived at Vientiane, Laos, to attend the ASEAN summit. He became the first U.S. president to visit Laos. He is expected to discuss U.S. efforts to clean up the unexploded ordnance that were dropped during 1964 to 1973, wherein U.S. warplanes dropped more than 270 million cluster munitions on Laos that were part of CIA’s secret operation to destroy supply routes of North Vietnam fighters. The U.S. ran 580,000 bombing missions where one-third of the bombs never exploded, contaminating the land and leaving a trail of devastation. About 20,000 Lao were either killed or injured, even after the completion of the Vietnam War. Credit: Reuters
4 of 19 Laos,Secret war in Laos,Vietnam war,CIA secret war,U.S. legacy in Laos,President Barack Obama,ASEAN summit,North Vietnam,unexploded ordnance,bombing missions
U.S. President Barack Obama arrived at Vientiane, Laos, to attend the ASEAN summit. He became the first U.S. president to visit Laos. He is expected to discuss U.S. efforts to clean up the unexploded ordnance that were dropped during 1964 to 1973, wherein U.S. warplanes dropped more than 270 million cluster munitions on Laos that were part of CIA’s secret operation to destroy supply routes of North Vietnam fighters. The U.S. ran 580,000 bombing missions where one-third of the bombs never exploded, contaminating the land and leaving a trail of devastation. About 20,000 Lao were either killed or injured, even after the completion of the Vietnam War. Credit: Reuters
5 of 19 Laos,Secret war in Laos,Vietnam war,CIA secret war,U.S. legacy in Laos,President Barack Obama,ASEAN summit,North Vietnam,unexploded ordnance,bombing missions
U.S. President Barack Obama arrived at Vientiane, Laos, to attend the ASEAN summit. He became the first U.S. president to visit Laos. He is expected to discuss U.S. efforts to clean up the unexploded ordnance that were dropped during 1964 to 1973, wherein U.S. warplanes dropped more than 270 million cluster munitions on Laos that were part of CIA’s secret operation to destroy supply routes of North Vietnam fighters. The U.S. ran 580,000 bombing missions where one-third of the bombs never exploded, contaminating the land and leaving a trail of devastation. About 20,000 Lao were either killed or injured, even after the completion of the Vietnam War. Credit: Reuters
6 of 19 Laos,Secret war in Laos,Vietnam war,CIA secret war,U.S. legacy in Laos,President Barack Obama,ASEAN summit,North Vietnam,unexploded ordnance,bombing missions
U.S. President Barack Obama arrived at Vientiane, Laos, to attend the ASEAN summit. He became the first U.S. president to visit Laos. He is expected to discuss U.S. efforts to clean up the unexploded ordnance that were dropped during 1964 to 1973, wherein U.S. warplanes dropped more than 270 million cluster munitions on Laos that were part of CIA’s secret operation to destroy supply routes of North Vietnam fighters. The U.S. ran 580,000 bombing missions where one-third of the bombs never exploded, contaminating the land and leaving a trail of devastation. About 20,000 Lao were either killed or injured, even after the completion of the Vietnam War. Credit: Reuters
7 of 19 Laos,Secret war in Laos,Vietnam war,CIA secret war,U.S. legacy in Laos,President Barack Obama,ASEAN summit,North Vietnam,unexploded ordnance,bombing missions
U.S. President Barack Obama arrived at Vientiane, Laos, to attend the ASEAN summit. He became the first U.S. president to visit Laos. He is expected to discuss U.S. efforts to clean up the unexploded ordnance that were dropped during 1964 to 1973, wherein U.S. warplanes dropped more than 270 million cluster munitions on Laos that were part of CIA’s secret operation to destroy supply routes of North Vietnam fighters. The U.S. ran 580,000 bombing missions where one-third of the bombs never exploded, contaminating the land and leaving a trail of devastation. About 20,000 Lao were either killed or injured, even after the completion of the Vietnam War. Credit: Reuters
8 of 19 Laos,Secret war in Laos,Vietnam war,CIA secret war,U.S. legacy in Laos,President Barack Obama,ASEAN summit,North Vietnam,unexploded ordnance,bombing missions
U.S. President Barack Obama arrived at Vientiane, Laos, to attend the ASEAN summit. He became the first U.S. president to visit Laos. He is expected to discuss U.S. efforts to clean up the unexploded ordnance that were dropped during 1964 to 1973, wherein U.S. warplanes dropped more than 270 million cluster munitions on Laos that were part of CIA’s secret operation to destroy supply routes of North Vietnam fighters. The U.S. ran 580,000 bombing missions where one-third of the bombs never exploded, contaminating the land and leaving a trail of devastation. About 20,000 Lao were either killed or injured, even after the completion of the Vietnam War. Credit: Reuters
9 of 19 Laos,Secret war in Laos,Vietnam war,CIA secret war,U.S. legacy in Laos,President Barack Obama,ASEAN summit,North Vietnam,unexploded ordnance,bombing missions
U.S. President Barack Obama arrived at Vientiane, Laos, to attend the ASEAN summit. He became the first U.S. president to visit Laos. He is expected to discuss U.S. efforts to clean up the unexploded ordnance that were dropped during 1964 to 1973, wherein U.S. warplanes dropped more than 270 million cluster munitions on Laos that were part of CIA’s secret operation to destroy supply routes of North Vietnam fighters. The U.S. ran 580,000 bombing missions where one-third of the bombs never exploded, contaminating the land and leaving a trail of devastation. About 20,000 Lao were either killed or injured, even after the completion of the Vietnam War. Credit: Reuters
10 of 19 Laos,Secret war in Laos,Vietnam war,CIA secret war,U.S. legacy in Laos,President Barack Obama,ASEAN summit,North Vietnam,unexploded ordnance,bombing missions
U.S. President Barack Obama arrived at Vientiane, Laos, to attend the ASEAN summit. He became the first U.S. president to visit Laos. He is expected to discuss U.S. efforts to clean up the unexploded ordnance that were dropped during 1964 to 1973, wherein U.S. warplanes dropped more than 270 million cluster munitions on Laos that were part of CIA’s secret operation to destroy supply routes of North Vietnam fighters. The U.S. ran 580,000 bombing missions where one-third of the bombs never exploded, contaminating the land and leaving a trail of devastation. About 20,000 Lao were either killed or injured, even after the completion of the Vietnam War. Credit: Reuters
11 of 19 Laos,Secret war in Laos,Vietnam war,CIA secret war,U.S. legacy in Laos,President Barack Obama,ASEAN summit,North Vietnam,unexploded ordnance,bombing missions
U.S. President Barack Obama arrived at Vientiane, Laos, to attend the ASEAN summit. He became the first U.S. president to visit Laos. He is expected to discuss U.S. efforts to clean up the unexploded ordnance that were dropped during 1964 to 1973, wherein U.S. warplanes dropped more than 270 million cluster munitions on Laos that were part of CIA’s secret operation to destroy supply routes of North Vietnam fighters. The U.S. ran 580,000 bombing missions where one-third of the bombs never exploded, contaminating the land and leaving a trail of devastation. About 20,000 Lao were either killed or injured, even after the completion of the Vietnam War. Credit: Reuters
12 of 19 Laos,Secret war in Laos,Vietnam war,CIA secret war,U.S. legacy in Laos,President Barack Obama,ASEAN summit,North Vietnam,unexploded ordnance,bombing missions
U.S. President Barack Obama arrived at Vientiane, Laos, to attend the ASEAN summit. He became the first U.S. president to visit Laos. He is expected to discuss U.S. efforts to clean up the unexploded ordnance that were dropped during 1964 to 1973, wherein U.S. warplanes dropped more than 270 million cluster munitions on Laos that were part of CIA’s secret operation to destroy supply routes of North Vietnam fighters. The U.S. ran 580,000 bombing missions where one-third of the bombs never exploded, contaminating the land and leaving a trail of devastation. About 20,000 Lao were either killed or injured, even after the completion of the Vietnam War. Credit: Reuters
13 of 19 Laos,Secret war in Laos,Vietnam war,CIA secret war,U.S. legacy in Laos,President Barack Obama,ASEAN summit,North Vietnam,unexploded ordnance,bombing missions
U.S. President Barack Obama arrived at Vientiane, Laos, to attend the ASEAN summit. He became the first U.S. president to visit Laos. He is expected to discuss U.S. efforts to clean up the unexploded ordnance that were dropped during 1964 to 1973, wherein U.S. warplanes dropped more than 270 million cluster munitions on Laos that were part of CIA’s secret operation to destroy supply routes of North Vietnam fighters. The U.S. ran 580,000 bombing missions where one-third of the bombs never exploded, contaminating the land and leaving a trail of devastation. About 20,000 Lao were either killed or injured, even after the completion of the Vietnam War. Credit: Reuters
14 of 19 Laos,Secret war in Laos,Vietnam war,CIA secret war,U.S. legacy in Laos,President Barack Obama,ASEAN summit,North Vietnam,unexploded ordnance,bombing missions
U.S. President Barack Obama arrived at Vientiane, Laos, to attend the ASEAN summit. He became the first U.S. president to visit Laos. He is expected to discuss U.S. efforts to clean up the unexploded ordnance that were dropped during 1964 to 1973, wherein U.S. warplanes dropped more than 270 million cluster munitions on Laos that were part of CIA’s secret operation to destroy supply routes of North Vietnam fighters. The U.S. ran 580,000 bombing missions where one-third of the bombs never exploded, contaminating the land and leaving a trail of devastation. About 20,000 Lao were either killed or injured, even after the completion of the Vietnam War. Credit: Reuters
15 of 19 Laos,Secret war in Laos,Vietnam war,CIA secret war,U.S. legacy in Laos,President Barack Obama,ASEAN summit,North Vietnam,unexploded ordnance,bombing missions
U.S. President Barack Obama arrived at Vientiane, Laos, to attend the ASEAN summit. He became the first U.S. president to visit Laos. He is expected to discuss U.S. efforts to clean up the unexploded ordnance that were dropped during 1964 to 1973, wherein U.S. warplanes dropped more than 270 million cluster munitions on Laos that were part of CIA’s secret operation to destroy supply routes of North Vietnam fighters. The U.S. ran 580,000 bombing missions where one-third of the bombs never exploded, contaminating the land and leaving a trail of devastation. About 20,000 Lao were either killed or injured, even after the completion of the Vietnam War. Credit: Reuters
16 of 19 Laos,Secret war in Laos,Vietnam war,CIA secret war,U.S. legacy in Laos,President Barack Obama,ASEAN summit,North Vietnam,unexploded ordnance,bombing missions
U.S. President Barack Obama arrived at Vientiane, Laos, to attend the ASEAN summit. He became the first U.S. president to visit Laos. He is expected to discuss U.S. efforts to clean up the unexploded ordnance that were dropped during 1964 to 1973, wherein U.S. warplanes dropped more than 270 million cluster munitions on Laos that were part of CIA’s secret operation to destroy supply routes of North Vietnam fighters. The U.S. ran 580,000 bombing missions where one-third of the bombs never exploded, contaminating the land and leaving a trail of devastation. About 20,000 Lao were either killed or injured, even after the completion of the Vietnam War. Credit: Reuters
17 of 19 Laos,Secret war in Laos,Vietnam war,CIA secret war,U.S. legacy in Laos,President Barack Obama,ASEAN summit,North Vietnam,unexploded ordnance,bombing missions
U.S. President Barack Obama arrived at Vientiane, Laos, to attend the ASEAN summit. He became the first U.S. president to visit Laos. He is expected to discuss U.S. efforts to clean up the unexploded ordnance that were dropped during 1964 to 1973, wherein U.S. warplanes dropped more than 270 million cluster munitions on Laos that were part of CIA’s secret operation to destroy supply routes of North Vietnam fighters. The U.S. ran 580,000 bombing missions where one-third of the bombs never exploded, contaminating the land and leaving a trail of devastation. About 20,000 Lao were either killed or injured, even after the completion of the Vietnam War. Credit: Reuters
18 of 19 Laos,Secret war in Laos,Vietnam war,CIA secret war,U.S. legacy in Laos,President Barack Obama,ASEAN summit,North Vietnam,unexploded ordnance,bombing missions
U.S. President Barack Obama arrived at Vientiane, Laos, to attend the ASEAN summit. He became the first U.S. president to visit Laos. He is expected to discuss U.S. efforts to clean up the unexploded ordnance that were dropped during 1964 to 1973, wherein U.S. warplanes dropped more than 270 million cluster munitions on Laos that were part of CIA’s secret operation to destroy supply routes of North Vietnam fighters. The U.S. ran 580,000 bombing missions where one-third of the bombs never exploded, contaminating the land and leaving a trail of devastation. About 20,000 Lao were either killed or injured, even after the completion of the Vietnam War. Credit: Reuters
19 of 19 Laos,Secret war in Laos,Vietnam war,CIA secret war,U.S. legacy in Laos,President Barack Obama,ASEAN summit,North Vietnam,unexploded ordnance,bombing missions
U.S. President Barack Obama arrived at Vientiane, Laos, to attend the ASEAN summit. He became the first U.S. president to visit Laos. He is expected to discuss U.S. efforts to clean up the unexploded ordnance that were dropped during 1964 to 1973, wherein U.S. warplanes dropped more than 270 million cluster munitions on Laos that were part of CIA’s secret operation to destroy supply routes of North Vietnam fighters. The U.S. ran 580,000 bombing missions where one-third of the bombs never exploded, contaminating the land and leaving a trail of devastation. About 20,000 Lao were either killed or injured, even after the completion of the Vietnam War. Credit: Reuters