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America finally pulled out of Vietnam in 1973, but their campaign to contain communism is seen as a failure. Watch this video to find out more.

The US gets out

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Key points

  • 1968 - US President Lyndon B. Johnson ordered an end to the bombing of North Vietnam.
  • 1969 - Richard Nixon took over as President. He began a process of Vietnamisation.
  • October 1972 - the National Security Advisor, Henry Kissinger, worked out a peace agreement with the North Vietnamese. But South Vietnam’s president refused to sign and the talks collapsed.
  • Nixon mounted huge bombing raids until both sides agreed.
  • January 1973 - the Paris Peace Treaty was signed and America left Vietnam.

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