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Approved for Release: 2019/04/17 CO2047058 DIRECTORATE OF INTELLIGENCE To ret 3.5(c) Central Intelligence Bulletin Approved for Release: 2019/04/17 CO2047058 27 February 1968 3.5(c) Approved for Release: 2019/04/17 CO2047058 Top-Set-ref Controlled Dirsem 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. Toet Approved for Release: 2019/04/17 CO2047058 Approved for Release: 2019/04/17 CO2047058 TOISE-e-R.ET 27 February 1968 Central Intelligence Bulletin CONTENTS Vietnam: Situation report. (Page 1) Egypt: Government shows uncertainty in dealing with first hostile demonstrations it has ever faced. (Page 2) USSR: Nonproliferation treaty (Page 4) Uruguay-Czechoslovakia: Arms deal (Page 4) TO Approved for Release: 2019/04/17 CO2047058 3.5(c) 3.5(c) Approved for Release: 2019/04/17 CO2047058 TO-RET ., )4-..,. f's ' � ,- 1... NORTH VIETNAM -....1 e Demilitarized Zone -4 ,-- I QUANG TRI ,. � Khe Sant,r, 114 \ � \ ( ) 6--�,\N 0 I. 1.1-VJA THIEN- c, Nef7, A Shati,,.v�I-R/o d Da Nang Valley,_) cf) ( QUANG .NAM THAILAND ....- ) st. .--) QUANG TIN ; ,....) \� ' QUANG NGAI \ ) i KONTU M / .1\ �-�-� ,-,.., � ' Kontum .A.. �� r--�, N. BINH DINH,s � 1 ' pLEIKU \ l pHU (L' \,. -----.----BON / PHU,Atly Hoa yEN(-1-4 C AMBODI ( \ . .) DARLAC CORPS 7:- ,. ) \'-'�'�'--\ KHANH1 � HOA , i QUANG DUC ' r� TUYEN Daw, M RANH PHUOC NINH PHNOLONG LAM DONG THUAN/ PENH - NI\ L'IONG C\ TAY NINH \Lay N in BIoNNH BINH G LONG BINH THUAN,"-- KHANH \ if Atl TUY ' / 'Phan Thiet i KILN f�i"of,' .._-___, KIEN � PHUOG _./ (CHA,l) pHoNG TUONG ,,,,,,, IA .- C-I, �\ fa u *Y.-U n g GIANT G . k\ , o. \� LoN'G� \KWIN HOA C - PHU QUM' KIEN PH..G � an Th , GIANG V NH _ , BINH CHLIONG GI 1_,F OF THIEN BA XUTEII: '7.--/ SIAM , BAC LIEU _----- ._ , t&P,PC, AN r SOUTH VIETNAM XUYEN , 7.5 100 HAS x 0 .25 50 75 100 1(1ometers Approved for Release: 2019/04/17 CO2047058 3.5(c) 3.5(c) 3.5(c) Approved for Release: 2019/04/17 CO2047058 *South Vietnam: Military activity was generally light on 26 February. Allied strongpoints along the Demilitarized Zone again came under North Vietnamese artillery, rocket, and mortar bombardment, the heaviest being directed at Khe Sanh, where three Marines were killed and 52 wounded. In central Vietnam, mortar attacks were reported against Kontum city and Tuy Hoa airfield, and ground fighting flared near the provincial capital of Phan Thiet. The Viet Cong attacked Tan Son Nhut air base and other points in the Saigon area with rockets, mortars and 75-mm. recoilless rifle rounds early this morning. Elements of three enemy divisions continue to maneuver within striking distance of the capital and nearby airfields. In a clash yesterday 14 miles west of Tay Ninh city, US forces report that the enemy were supported by three unidentified type tanks and a half track. One tank was destroyed, killing 30 of the enemy. The remaining two tanks were reported to have withdrawn toward the Cam- bodian border. Viet Cong forces in the IV Corps area launched a series of mortar and small-scale ground attacks against district towns and isolated outposts throughout the delta. the Com- munisLs nave nearly completed a road eastward from the A Shau Valley. The road will provide a direct supply route from the Laotian corridor to the Hue area. the Communists are conducting a large-scale "recruitment" drive in the countryside. Government forces have by and large been pulled in to defend the urban areas givinp. thp Communists a free hand, 27 Feb 68 1 TOP ET Approved for Release: 2019/04/17 CO2047058 Approved for Release: 2019/04/17 CO2047058 ar,L4 Egypt: The Nasir regime appears uncertain how to handle the first hostile demonstrations it has faced. The first demonstration occurred on 21 February. "Workers" from the southern suburbs of Cairo staged a march ostensibly protesting the "light" sentences given high-level military officers charged with negli- gence during the war last June. The former chief of the air force was given 15 years imprisonment, but two other top officers were acquitted. The protesters demanded death sentences, and police reportedly had to use gunfire to halt them. Agitation has evidently continued and, despite a ban, students rioted in Cairo itself on Sunday. After a Sunday night cabinet session, the government closed the four major universities and all the high schools, in the country. Demonstrations have been banned once again, and the regime has announced that the accused officers will be retried by another court. The government moves may forestall further out- breaks, but the seriousness of the incidents indicates a popular mood the Nasir regime has never previously had to face. The demonstrations underscore the ma- laise and frustration arising from the humiliation of the Egyptian defeat last June. The spontaneity of the dem- onstrations is open to question, but the identity and mo- tives of possible organizers are unknown. Although stiffer sentences for the accused might appease disaffected civilians, such sentences would at the same time increase resentment among the military. The military is already bitter over receiving the blame for the defeat at the hands of the Israelis, and, in some cases, restive under "retraining" by Soviet military advisers. 27 Feb 68 2 TOPS Approved for Release: 2019/04/17 CO2047058 (continued) 3.5(c) 3i(c] Approved for Release: 2019/04/17 CO2047058 The regime's problem with hostile sentiment will be compounded by the absence of any visible progress in getting the Israelis to withdraw from occupied Egyp- tian territory. 27 Feb 68 3 �IQ-P-8T Ir--Z-k-7 Approved for Release: 2019/04/17 CO2047058 3.5(c) 3.5( 3.5(c) Approved for Release: 2019/04/17 CO2047058 Approved for Release: 2019/04/17 CO2047058 Approved for Release: 2019/04/17 CO2047058 TOY SEG NOTES USSR: Soviet diplomats recently have been lobby- ing for the US-Soviet draft nonproliferation treaty. The draft is still before the disarmament conference in Geneva. Representations have been made in New Delhi and Tokyo, and the Russian delegate at Geneva privately made an impassioned defense of the treaty against Rumanian criticism. In Moscow, the envoys of Austria, Italy, India, Japan, Burma, Brazil, and Chile have been approached for support. Brezhnev and Kosygin have emphasized in major speeches the importance Moscow attaches to acceptance to the treaty. Uruguay-Czechoslovakia: The Uruguayan police have proposed buying nearly of small arms from Czechoslovakia. Military leaders have ex- pressed concern with proposed reductions in US mili- tary aid at a time when the government's planned aus- terity program threatens to stir Communist-inspired labor agitation and increased urban unrest. President Pacheco Areco has yet to approve the purchase, which is to include submachine guns and ammunition, and there is still some possibility that the deal will not go through. 27 Feb 68 4 CRET Approved for Release: 2019/04/17 CO2047058 3.5(0 3.3(h)(2) 3.5(c) 3.3(h)(2) 3.5(c) 3.5(c) Waerer Top,r Approved for Release: 2019/04/17 CO2047058 Approved for Release: 2019/04/17 CO2047058