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Approved for Release: 2019/03/29 CO2008420 Nftre DIRECTORATE OF INTELLIGENCE 3.5(c) Central Intellkence Bulletin 3.5(c) Approved for Release: 2019/03/29 CO2008420 c 203 29 January 1968 3.5(c) Approved for Release: 2019/03/29 CO2008420 N.* To et The CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE BULLETIN is produced by the Director of Central Intelligence to meet his responsibilities for providing current intelligence bearing on issues of national security to the President, the National Security Council, and other senior government officials. It is produced in consultation with the Departments of State and Defense. When, because of the time factor, adequate consultation with the depart- ment of primary concern is not feasible, items or portions thereof are pro- duced by CIA and marked with an asterisk. Interpretations of intelligence information in this publication represent immediate and preliminary views which are subject to modification in the light of further information and more complete analysis. Certain intelligence items in this publication may be designated specifically for no further dissemination. Other intelligence items may be disseminated further, but only on a need-to-know basis. WARNING This document contains classified information affecting the national security of the United States within the meaning of the espionage laws, US Code Title 18, Sections 793, 794, and 798. 1,13o ecret Approved for Release: 2019/03/29 CO2008420 Approved for Release: 2019/03/29 CO2008420 1 V I JI21 *MI '111110 3.5(c) 29 January 1968 Central Intelligence Bulletin CONTENTS South Vietnam: Situation report. (Page 1) Cuba: Party members purged at central committee meeting yesterday. (Page 4) France: Stipulations in US overflight program (Page 5) Jordan-Israel: Husayn discourages terrorism (Page 5) USSR: Economic performance (Page 5) The Netherlands: Anti-Vietnam sentiment grow- ing (Page 6) 3.5(c) 3.3(h)(2) Bulgaria: Rumors of economic restrictions (Page 6) Approved for Release: 2019/03/29 CO2008420 Approved for Release: 2019/03/29 CO2008420 7 - . THAILAND \ NORTH \ VIETNAM 5, Khe Sanh cf A Demilitarized Zone �OiRLinh g Ha II Hue N, IIIA THIr L TOI7 le\ . Sap , \-� \. A CAMBODI C / PH NO PENH !) I . ,-/ 0 ,,. -���. \ L. ( r.... HI N H ....� ri i ? (-2, \,,,,,,,,,,.._�,,, '. ' \--t" .. .../ . i ! :I, ,,_):. 1 .0� .1_, / ' ' _., ? ,,ii -2 1 \ 004,1 GULF OF - SEIM / ( � a Nang 2 I � ,kIrVIN,1,11 - �Chu Lai _ 0/ANL, I.i NV DAP. LAC I �t, .; QM AN(; HUG '', 1 LIVEN , s, Da Lae' -I , /--- , ---- ;', r,L � c 1 )'31,211-, ,,-- .- tii / HiNH ,,, _ � 51 1 NY , my ,� SOUTH VIETNAM 0 20 7.5 1001011es 0 25 50 75 160 H,lomele's 69427 1-68 CIA 29 Jan 68 CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE BULLETIN Map Approved for Release: 2019/03/29 CO2008420 Approved for for Release: 2019/03/29 CO2008420 3.5(c) Iniw 1 t.) U.K.r. *South Vietnam: The tempo of enemy military ac- tivity has not been reduced significantly since the be- ginning of the Viet Cong - announced cease-fire pe- riod three days ago. Numerous attacks, including both shellings and ground assaults, were staged by the Communists over the weekend. A total of 150 North Vietnamese were killed during a fierce battle which developed after a US Marine patrol was hit just north of Camp Carroll in northernmost Quang Tri :Province. American cas- ualties totaled 109 in this encounter. Sporadic bar- rages of mortar, rocket, and artillery fire were di- rected at US positions throughout the northern prov- inces including the posts at Khe Sanh, Dong Ha, Gio Linh, and Chu Lai. Battle preparations are being completed by North Vietnamese main force units in the western highlands of Pleiku and Kontum provinces and there are indica- tions in communications intelligence that the begin- ning of a well-coordinated series of large-scale at- tacks may be imminent. Intercepted enemy tactical messages indicate the often mentioned "N-Day" may be set for as soon as 30 January. 3.5(c) 29 Jan 68 1 R ET Approved for Release: 2019/03/29 CO2008420 3.5(c) Approved for Release: 2019/03/29 CO2008420 3.5(c) ' 3.3(h)(2) 29 Jan 68 2 TOP RET Approved for Release: 2019/03/29 CO2008420 3.5(c) � Approved for Release: 2019/03/29 CO2008420 3.5(c) Nine 29 Jan 68 Approved for Release: 2019/03/29 CO2008420 3.5(c) Approved for Release: -2-'019/03/29 CO2008420 kijriii.iii 3.5(c) Cuba: The three-day meeting of the Central Com- mittee of the Cuban Communist Party ended yesterday with the announcement that 11 members of the party had been purged. According to Radio Havana, those purged opposed Fidel Castro's guerrilla warfare policies and were part of a "microfaction" opposed to the ideology of the Cuban revolution. Two of the dissidents, Ramon Calcines and Jose Matar, were dismissed from the central committee. All apparently have been expelled from the party and have been turned over to revolution- ary tribunals for trial. The Castro doctrine of "armed struggle" was again endorsed by the central committee members, and a statement of support and solidarity with North Vietnam was issued. At the conclusion of the plenum, in a gesture underlining the importance of this doctrine, all participants observed a minute in silence in mem- ory of Cubans "who have fallen in the fulfillment of their internationalist duties in the struggle against im- perialism." The central committee meeting also ratified an earlier decision by the political bureau not to send a delegation to the scheduled international Communist conference at Budapest, and pledged to conserve fuel and construction materials so that the country's eco- nomic development can continue. / 29 Jan 68 4 Approved for Release: 2019/03/29 CO2008420 3.5(c) 3.5(c) Approved for Release: 2019/03/29 CO2008420 'ew TOY "K.L1 NOTES 3.5(c) France: LThe French Government has served no- tice that it may not allow US military overflights in some cases. A note approving the 1968 US program for overflights of France stipulates for the first time that in "exceptional circumstances" France may sus- pend authorization of US flights to and from Spain, North Africa, the Middle East, and South Asia. The note provides that where suspension would seriously affect US interests, the US may seek a solution through 3.5(c) diplomatic discussions. Jordan-Israel: icing Husayn will attemp to con- vince Iraqi President Arif that Iraq should abandon its encouragement of terrorism against Israel and urge Arif to withdraw the Iraqi forces stationed in Jordan. Members of the Iraqi forces there have been giving aid to terrorists, and only last week Jordanian forces intercepted an Iraqi Army truck filled with terrorists. Husayn's prospects for a withdrawal ap- pear limited, since the troops in Jordan are an ith- portant symbol of Iraqi solidarity with the Arabs against Israel. Arif also has strong feelings against Israel and the troops' presence in Jordan bolsters his image. 3.5(c) USSR: Final figures released by Moscow on eco- nomic performance in 1967 indicate that industrial output in the fourth quarter failed to maintain the mod- erate rate of acceleration noted during the first nine months of the year. As a result, industrial produc- tion last year grew at about the same rate as in 1966. Because of less favorable weather, the output of farm products was below the record 1966 level, but the grain harvest was large enough to meet domestic needs and to provide for a modest export surplus.1 Approved for Release: 2019/03/29 CO2008420 3.5(c) 3.5(c) *ritoi 1 l.11 1.1A-41%..12, Approved for Release: 2019/03/29 CO2008420 3.5(c) The Netherlands: [The sharpest confrontation yet over Vietnam between the Dutch government and the second chamber of parliament is likely to oc- cur during the foreign affairs debate scheduled to begin on 6 February. Popular antiwar sentiment is growing and members of the second chamber are under great pressure to support a motion calling on the government to request the US to stop the bomb- ing of North Vietnam. If such a motion carried, Prime Minister De Jong and Foreign Minister Luns say the cabinet would resign. Bulgaria: Recurrent rumors of a currency ex- change and restrictions on bank withdrawals have increased the irritation of the public, already dis- gruntled by the 1 January hike in consumer prices. The regime reportedly strengthened the militia when it sanctioned new price schedules, and is clearly willing to risk alienating the populace in order to improve its ailing economy. The Bul- garian finance minister announced on 24 January that savings accounts would not be frozen, but this will probably not appease the populace whose dis- satisfaction reportedly has taken the form of work slowdowns and boycotts of certain products. 29 Jan 68 6 Approved for Release: 2019/03/29 CO2008420 3.5(c) Approved for Release: 2019/03/29 CO2008420 1401 Approved for Release: 2019/03/29 CO2008420