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The 1960s and 1970s, Laos was ravaged, enduring civil war and bombings by aerial raids (During this so-called dirty war, more bombs were dropped by US bombers on the northern Lao between 1964 and 1973 than the amount dropped all over Europe by all sides during WWII- i.e. about one bombing run every eight minutes for nine years.) Caught in between Vietnam and the western outposts in Thailand, Laos was infiltrated by guerillas, CIA agents, and communist agents. However, after Pathet Lao's communist consolidation of power in 1975, the monarchy was ended and the royal family was imprisoned "re-education camps" near Vietnam. No one knows for sure what happened to the royal family, but it is believed that the king and queen passed away around mid 1980s due to starvation and neglect.