The government called it the biggest attack on the Khmer Rouge since the UN peace-keeping mission began 17 months ago. The three factions participated in UN- organised elections in May, united last month to form a national army and have co-operated on a peace plan.
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Operating together for the first time, the three main factions of the new Cambodian government launched fierce attacks on Khmer Rouge guerrillas who have defied attempts at national reconciliation, AP reports from Phnom Penh.