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August 21, 1958
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411\111"' Approved for Release. 2020/01/23 CO29i87886 3.5(c) 3.3(h)(2) 21 August 1958 %.,011y 11V CENTRAL TELLIGENCE BULLETIN c 0 TOP SECRET Ziok;.pro4 rorRe'lLe2S20/614/-2601(818(67/7/1/ ZirZIZZA Approved for Release: 2020/01/23 CO2987886 al, III *NI Ulm MI ar � 11 am � 4111114., Approved for Release: 2020/01/23 CO2987886 Approved for Release: 2020/01/23 CO2987886 IMPO 21 AUGUST 1958 I. THE COMMUNIST BLOC Soviet party central committee may be meeting in Moscow. Soviet submarines continue to op- erate in North Atlantic and Nor- wegian Sea. Polish security police ordered to procure documentary proof of anti- regime activity by Catholic clergy. Soviet Embassy in Baghdad staffed with experts in intelligence operations.� II. ASIA-AFRICA con- tinued friction with Moroccan and Tunisian allies. Burma - Prime Minister Nu appears to be losing his slim parliamentary majority; will probably call general elections. � India continuing support for Tibetan refugees despite Chinese Communist protests. IlL THE WEST 0 De Gaulle may make diplomatic ef- fort to arrange modus vivendi be- tween Western powers and Arab na- tionalism. 0 Jordan - King Husayn says he will accept resignation of his pro-Western prime minister unless US agrees by 30 August to mutual defense pact and increased financial assistance. TOP SECRET Approved for Release: 2020/01/23 CO2987886 $4.01 igloo Approved for Release: 2020/01/23 CO2987886 4.Q 0 CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE BULLETIN 21 August 1958 DAILY BRIEF I. THE COMMUNIST BLOC *USSR: There are indications that some high Soviet of- ficials have assembled in Moscow and that they may have been called for a special conclave, perhaps a party central committee meeting. The Soviet ambassador to Prague, a full member of the committee, departed his post on 16 Au- gust and VIP flights inside the USSR terminating in Moscow were noted on 14 and 16 August. None of the members of the party presidium has appeared in public since the latter date. A plenum called at a time when Khrushchev was scheduled to be on vacation would suggest that particularly pressing problems needed consideration. Soviet submarine activity: Soviet Northern Fleet sub- marines continue to operate in the North Atlantic and Nor- wegian Sea. At least one group is in the Iceland area where US naval units made two positive and separate submarine sightings on 18 August. a second group is moving south in the Norwegian Sea toward the area of Iceland and the Faeroe Islands, pos- sibly to relieve the other units. This activity, 'which ap- pears to be operational in nature, began in mid-July and may be related to the international situation. The USSR now has 124 long-range submarines in the Northern Fleet and 60 in the Baltic Fleet suitable for these operations. (Page 1) TOP SECRET ,74-A /44- , , VA )o- 4 AApproved for Release: 2020/01/23 CO2987886 -1// . /A � Y Approved for Release: 2020/01/23 CO2987886 Y 4 , , . . I' . Ut' Grur bE., i . 4IS Nal '4- ,,,,-, -'/ ...,c,/ Poland: The Polish Security Police have been instructed to procure documentary proof of antistate activity by the Cath- olic clergy for use in discrediting them publicly. By taking such a measure, Gomulka probably hopes to be able to estab- lish a legally sound case which would lessen popular opposi- tion to any future moves he may have to take against the church to satisfy party demands. (Page 2) USSR-Iraq: The Soviet Union has staffed its embassy in Baghdad with a group particularly well qualified to expand So- viet penetration efforts in Iraq. Of the eight Soviet officials bearing diplomatic passports, several appear to have been engaged previously in intelligence operations and six have had previous experience in the Middle East. (Page 3) Watch Committee conclusion--Sino-Soviet Bloc (as of 20 August)F A. No Sino-Soviet bloc country intends to initiate hos- tilities against the continental US or its possessions in the immediate future. B. No Sino-Soviet bloc country intends deliberately to initiate direct military action against US forces abroad, US allies, or areas peripheral to the orbit in the immediate fu- ture. NOTE: The Chinese Communists do not appear to intend major offensive military action in the Taiwan Strait area in the im- mediate future. They are increasing their capabilities to bring heavy pressure, including interdiction by air, on the offshore islands and could initiate an attack on them with little or no warning, Air elashes in the Taiwan Strait area are like- ly to recur. Approved for Release: 2020/01/23 CO2987886 IWO �A� II. ASIA AFRICA Watch Committee conclusion�Middle East (as of 20 Aupst): Although a deliberate initiation of open hostilities in the Middle East is unlikely in the immediate future, the situation remains highly unstable throughout the area, particularly where US and UK interests or commitments are involved, and incidents and coups could occur at any time. NOTE: The survival of the Jordanian regime continues to be threatened. If the regime in Jordan collapses, action by neigh- boring countries to take control of Jordanian territory is likely. There are indications of closer accommodation between Saudi Arabia and the UAR. Algeria: continued friction between the Algerian rebel movement (FLN) and its Moroccan and Tunisian allies and some minor discord within the FLN it- self. The FLN has apparently failed recently to carry out or- ders from its headquarters to conduct certain terrorist ac- tivities. In spite of these difficulties, the FLN is continuing its campaign to minimize the number of Moslems voting in France's September referendum. (Page 4) Burma: Premier Nu appears to be losing his slim parlia- mentary majority. Left-wing members of the Communist-in- fluenced National Unity Front, on which he relies, have indi- cated they will not support the government on certain major policy matters. Nu has cancelled the budgetary session of Par- liament, scheduled for 28 August. and he will probably call early general elections. (Page 6) 21 Aug 58 DAILY BRIEF iii A V, rf91 5 0 TOP SECRET ,AApproved for Release: 2020/01/23 CO2987886 /�A '