American helicopters land at Khe Sanh base, on the Laos border on February 1, 1971. Picture: AFP

History of Laos’ secret war – and the way it transformed the CIA – reveals a sobering legacy

Joshua Kurlantzick’s engaging new history says the secret war in Southeast Asia was the beginning of the modern CIA – no longer merely an intelligence-gathering agency

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American helicopters land at Khe Sanh base, on the Laos border on February 1, 1971. Picture: AFP
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