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Cambodia masks extra temple forces

Plain-clothes guards armed with AK-47s

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PREAH VIHEAR Cambodia has been covertly ramping up its security at Preah Vihear ahead of Monday's ruling by the International Court of Justice (ICJ) on the disputed territory surrounding the temple. 

WATCHMAN: A Cambodian soldier stands guard at Preah Vihear. (EPA photo)

But alongside the regular troops wearing military fatigues are about 1,000 plain-clothes forces armed with AK-47s and classified as ''Temple Security'' who have been recruited over the past three years. Cambodian military sources said they were recruited from the Tourist Police and the Apsara Authority which oversees security at Angkor Wat.

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