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Six brigade-size U.S. Army maneuver units conducted a large-scale "search and destroy" operation in the "Iron Triangle," a Viet Cong (VC) stronghold northwest of Saigon.

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The target area including training, supply and staging areas for a VC main force division and several local force battalions, plus regional military and political command and control, communications and support units and facilities.

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After surrounding the area and establishing blocking positions, U.S. forces swept through while South Vietnamese military and police forces evacuated the civilian population from the war zone.

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When the operation ended on 26 Jan., U.S. forces had captured about 500,000 enemy intelligence documents, 1,000 enemy fighters, and large quantities war materiel, and destroyed a regional HQ complex, over 1,000 bunkers, and hundreds of tunnels and surface structures.
Although successful in those regards, the enemy avoided engaging in combat that may have resulted in their destruction, which resulted in only a temporary Allied advantage.

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