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Some photos from the 1980s from when a photojournalist captured these images of KPNLF fighters. The KPNLF (Khmer People's National Liberation Front) was formed in 1979 after the Vietnamese invasion of Kampuchea.

Led by Son Sann the group clashed with the Vietnamese. Between 1984-85 the Vietnamese were able to decimate a large portion of KPNLF forces. However even after this the group still carried out operations until 1993 when the group was dissolved as a result of the Paris Peace Accords.




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BATTAMBANG, CAMBODIA - 1989/12/01: A guerilla soldier from the anti-Phnom Penh Khmer Peoples National Liberation Front (KPNLF) in front of a water reservoir in a so-called "liberated area".. (Photo by Thierry Falise/LightRocket via Getty Images)
 
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Picture taken on April 5, 1990 showing non-communist KPNLF (Khmer People's National Liberation Front) militiamen taking a break during the fightings. (Photo by Mek NOIPITAK / AFP) (Photo by MEK NOIPITAK/AFP via Getty Images)
 
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Picture taken on March 4, 1990 near Banteay Meanchey showing KPNLF (Khmer People's National Liberation Front) militiamen preparing to fight. (Photo by - / AFP) (Photo by -/AFP via Getty Images)
 
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BATTAMBANG, CAMBODIA - 1989/12/01: A child soldier from the guerilla anti-Phnom Penh Khmer Peoples National Liberation Front (KPNLF) standing near a water reservoir in a so-called "liberated area".. (Photo by Thierry Falise/LightRocket via Getty Images)
 
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KOMPONG THOM, CAMBODIA - 1990/12/01: A guerilla soldier from the anti-Phnom Penh Khmer Peoples National Liberation Front (KPNLF) brandishing his old machine gun.. (Photo by Thierry Falise/LightRocket via Getty Images)
 
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BATTAMBANG, CAMBODIA - 1989/12/01: Guerilla soldiers from the anti-Phnom Penh Khmer Peoples National Liberation Front (KPNLF) looking at the body of a Phnom Penh army sodier.. (Photo by Thierry Falise/LightRocket via Getty Images)
 
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An anti-Phnom Penh guerrilla stands near a Soviet-made Armed Personnel Carrier (APC) at the Taih border at Ta Phraya on April 9, 1990. - The APC was captured when thousands of guerrilla fought back after losing major strongholds along the border to government forces. (Photo by Mek NOIPITAK / AFP) (Photo by MEK NOIPITAK/AFP via Getty Images)
 
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SIEMREAP, CAMBODIA - 1990/12/01: Guerilla soldiers from the anti-Phnom Penh Khmer Peoples National Liberation Front (KPNLF) on their way to a new base in Kompong Thom province.. (Photo by Thierry Falise/LightRocket via Getty Images)
 
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SIEMREAP, CAMBODIA - 1990/12/01: Guerilla soldiers from the anti-Phnom Penh Khmer Peoples National Liberation Front (KPNLF) on their way to a new base in Kompong Thom province.. (Photo by Thierry Falise/LightRocket via Getty Images)
 
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Fighters from the Khmer People's Liberation Front (KPNLF) flee heavy fighting during the 1984-1985 Vietnamese dry-season offensive against guerrilla forces opposing Vietnam's occupation of Cambodia, 18th January 1985. (Photo by Alex Bowie/Getty Images) The barbed wire fence marks the border between Cambodia and Thailand. *** Local Caption ***
 
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On December 25, 1978 Vietnam launched a military operation into Cambodia after a series of events that forced them to respond with military action.

Which ended the control of the Khmer Rouge over Cambodia, and ending the horrors the of the genocide which the world soon learned about. However these events eventually triggered a response from the Chinese which attempted to invade Vietnam, but failed in doing so.

It is interesting that these operations actually spanned nearly the same amount of time that the Soviets were in Afghanistan.

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