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August 14, 1951
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Approved for Release: 2019/04/02 CO2739455 Noe J. �..J.L� J. 'NNW 14 August 1951 COpy No. (-7.- -41 CURRENT INTELLIGENCE BULLETIN DOCUMENT NO NO CHANGE IN CLASS. H DECLASSIFIED CLASS. CHANGED TO: IS S Ca tojt NEXT REVIEW DATE: AUT H DA �� REVIEWEFI E Office of Central Intelligence CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE AGENCY TOP SECRET Approved for Release: 2019/04/02 CO2739455 3.5(c) 3.5(c) 3.5(c) 3.5(c) Approved for Release: 2019/04/02 CO2739455 J. %�tir DLL1tJJ. SUMMARY FAR EAST 3.5(c) 3.3(h)(2) 2. US jet reconnaissance aircraft intercepted at 40,000 feet in darkness (Pam 4). 3.3(h)(2) SOUTH ASIA 3.3(h)(1) NEAR EAST . Financial situation causing friction between Saudi Arabia and AR AMCO (page 5). EASTERN EUROPE 6. Tito government not internally endangered (page 6). LATIN AMERICA 7. Strike reported in world's second largest oil refinery (page 7 TOP SECRET Approved for Release: 2019/04/02 CO2739455 3.5(c) 3.5(c) Approved for Release: 2019/04/02 CO2739455 .I. FAR EAST 3.5(c) 3.3(h)(1) TOP. SECRET Approved for Release: 2019/04/02 CO2739455 3.5(c) riA pproved for Release: 2019/04/02 CO2739455 ftTIr orik...n..eJ I 2. US jet reconnaissance aircraft intercepted at 40.000 feet in darlmess: Night interceptions of an RB-45 aircraft by a total of seven enemy jets at altitudes of 35, 000 to 40,000 feet have recently been reported over the Korean theater. 3.5(c) 3.3(h)(2) Four enemy aircraft maintained formation for a period of 25 to 30 minutes while pursuing the RB-45, which was executing evasive maneuvers. At the same time, single interceptions were occurring, Including a firing pass from 1, 000 feet above while the RB-45 was at 40,000 feet, and a collision course interception by an aircraft that later altered course and pulled abreast of the RB-45. While being pursued, the RB-45 em- ployed 100 percent power, giving a ground speed of approximately 470 knots. Comment: These interceptions clearly demon- strate the Communists' ability to accomplish a very difficult mission requiring excellent equipment, highly trained personnel and a high degree of coordina- tion. These operations described would require an aircraft with a minimum combat radius of approximately 350 nautical miles and a considerable speed advantage over the RB-45, which is the reconnais- sance version of the B-45. These attacks could not have been accomplished with the MIG-15 or the Type-15 with the 33-gallon wing tanks currently known to be in use. 3.3(h)(2) 4 TOP SECRET Approved for Release: 2019/04/02 CO2739455 3.5(c) Approved for Release: 2019/04/02 CO2739455 3.5(c) It is accepted that trained Chinese crews may already be available tO ina,n several submarines, particularly of the small coastal class. Reports that Russian submarines have been transferred to the Chinese Communists have also been numerous and in part supported by sightings of submarines flying the Chinese Communist flag. The evidence, however, is regarded as incon- clusive in view of the possibility that the flag may represent merely a Soviet courtesy while in a China port 3.3(h)(2) SOUTH ASIA NEAR EAST 5. Financial situation c using friction between Saudi Arabia and ARA1VICO: King Ibn Saud of Saudi Arabia delivered a dia- tribe on his dissatisfaction over relations with the Arabian American Oil Company to the US Ambassador in Jidda on 10 August The King - 5 - -TOP-SECRET Approved for Release: 2019/04/02 CO2739455 3.3(h)(2) 3.5(c) Approved for Release: 2019/04i02 CO2739455 3.5(c) feels that his honor has been violated by ridicule and insult on the part of ARAMC4 officials. Although he refused to be mollified, the King left the matter in the ambassador's hands, stating that he had previously intend- ed to demand the recall of ARA1VICO officials. Subsequently the Finance Minister requested a letter of guarantee on which he could draw up to 50 million dollars on the understanding that ARAMCO would assure payment when due. Such an arrangement, he said, would avert the current crisis with the King. 3.3(h)(2) EASTERN EUROPE Tito government not internally endangered: 3.3(h)(2) US Ambassador Allen in Belgrade reports that although the unpopularity of the Yugoslav Com- munist regime remains undiminished, the a- vailable evidence points to its continued sta- bility. There seems to be a sympathetic popular understanding of the govern- ment's military and foreign policies, as well as an unconscious dissociation of certain respected members of the regime, such as Tito, Kardelj and possibly Pijade, from the lower officials responsible for executing the regirne's rigorous policies. The ambassador agrees with the US Military Attache that the Yugoslav Army would fight loyally and, if its organization were disrupted, would resort to localized guerrilla tactics. He concludes that the widespread popular discontent is caused by the continued demand for popular sacrifices after the country' s past tribulations. TOP-SECRET- Approved for Release: 2019/04/02 CO2739455 3.5(c) Approved for Release: 2019/04/02 CO2739455 -.Nor bLurin 3.5(c) 3.3(h)(2) Comment; The shrewd appeal of the Tito regime to the strong nationalism of the Yugoslav people afforded it internal stability even during the crucial period of the.1.950 drought the Yugoslav Government, although beset with numerous internal difficulties, can effectively cope with the situation. LATIN AMERICA 7. Strike reported in world's second largest oil refinery: 3.3(h)(2) Workers in the Lago refinery in Aruba, Dutch West Indies, struck on 10 August and the refinery is now operating at reduced capacity on an emergency basis, according to the US Consul. The workers demanded a 20 percent wage increase, re- fused the company's counter-offer, and repudiated their bargaining com- mittee which had accepted the offer. The Netherlands Government media- tor is negotiating. Cotpment: The Lago refinery, owned in- directly by the Standard Oil Company of New Jersey, is second only to Abadan in capacity, having a normal output of approximately 490, 000 barrels daily. Labor dissatisfaction has been present for some time in both Aruba and Curacao, and has apparently been brought to a head by the workers' belief that the current international petroleum situation has put them in a strong bargaining position. 7 TOP SECRET Approved for Release: 2019/04/02 CO2739455 3.5(c)