Meas Sophea

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Meas Sophea
Born (1955-04-09) April 9, 1955 (age 62)
Chhhouk, Kampot, Cambodia
Allegiance Royal Cambodian Army
Years of service 1970—present
Rank 4 Gold Stars.svg General
Commands held Intelligence office
Chief of Operation
Cabinet of General Staff
Battles/wars Vietnam War
Cambodian Civil War
Cambodian-Vietnamese War
Khmer Rouge War
July 7, 1997 coup
2008 Cambodian-Thai stand-off

General Meas Sophea (born 1955) is a senior general in the Royal Cambodian Armed Forces (RCAF). As of 2013 he is the Deputy Commander-in-Chief of the R.C.A.F and chief of the Royal Cambodian Army.

Early life and education[edit]

General Sophea was born in Banieve village, Banieve Commune, Chhouk district, Kampot Province on April 9, 1955. Due to the civil war that ravaged the country (followed by U.S. and South Vietnamese invasion of Cambodia 1970), he joined the Cambodian Nation Front Movement Liberation as a private at age 16.

Meas studied at the local elementary school in Banieve. From 1969 to 1970, he was a student at the Chhouk High-School. Due to the civil war in Cambodia, Meas Sophea went to Vietnam to complete his studies between 1975 and 1977, receiving a diploma. He earned his bachelor's degree, Master's degree, and completed his Ph.D in Military Science at the Military Academy Institute of Da Lat, Vietnam in 2010.


In 1980, Sophea married Chhor Borey (born on September 9, 1957 in Vealvong village, Kampong Siem district, Kampong Cham province). The couple have three daughters and a son.

Military experience[edit]

Meas Sophea led many battles during the civil war between the pro-government army and the Khmer Rouge guerrillas. Battles in which Sophea was a commander include those at: Pailin, Preah Vihear, O'Smach, Koh Kong and Battambang.

During the July 1997 coup, Meas Sophea was one of the commanders who successfully pushed back the Khmer Rouge guerrillas, and 500 fighters loyal to Prince Norodom Ranariddh, into the borders.

In 1998 he successfully commanded the last counter-attack in Anlong Veng, the last stronghold of the Khmer Rouge forces. This led to the capture of Ta Mok, a top Khmer rouge leader.

He is an honorary member of the TNI special forces Kopassus unit, where he received a Red beret in 2005.

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