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' Approved for Release: 2020/01/23 C03010221 l UrtLIKC I grog', *sr' 3.5(c) 3.3(h)(2) 24 December 1958 Copy No. C CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE BULLETIN DOCINvi:NT NO / No CI 1ANC:F IN pr--im �t ',.:;1;:::.-.� ri CL /,..-;f .7, H:.',1(,-,:7:: T,): T, N,ti:-,;;;I';:-...':-1,"i"... . i.., iii : b)H 2. ircit DATI: ..!.V.7..*T.....FN/rE'A'L 1 / /ezziez -TOP-SEC-R-E-T- /Approved for Release: 2020/01/23 C030102217// Approved for Release: 2020/01/23 C03010221 � IN/ lbw 11, � S. i� � Approved for Release: 2020/01/23 C03010221 rn," Approved for Release: 2020/01/23 C03010221 LATE ITEM Launch Under Way at Tyura Tam (Information as of 0430 EST 24 December): A valid launch operation is under way at the USSR's Tyura Tam Missile Test Range. If the countdown proceeds normally, firing would be at approximately 1300 GMT (0800 ESTA, 24 December 1958. The rapid development of the activity and a lack of details early in the countdown precludes determination of the type vehicle involved. A 24 Dec 58 CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE BULLETIN Approved for Release: 2020/01/23 C03010221 Page 0 Approved for Release: 2020/01/23 C0301022 %ad 24 DECEMBER 1958 I. THE COMMUNIST BLOC Soviet tanker in contact with sub- marines remains in Cape Canaveral e area. Soviet shipments of arms to Iraq continue;1 ow total more than 10.- 3 000 tons. II. ASIA-AFRICA Nasir in speech makes first direct attack on Communists; accuses Syrian party of opposing Arab na- tionalism. UAR withdraws some supporting elements for MIG squadron sta- tioned in Iraq. 0 Jordan - Husayn planning early change in present government of Rifai, who intends to resign next spring. 0 Chiang Kai-shek's decision to relin- quish presidency after 1960 will not alter his control of state affairs. rb rr Approved for Release: 2020/01/23 C03010221 /yrApproved for Release: 2020/01/23 C03010221 %to TOP SECRET CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE BULLETIN 24 December 1958 DAILY BRIEF L THE COMMUNIST BLOC Soviet naval activity: The Soviet tanker Vilyuisk is still in the general down-range area of the Cape Canaveral missile test range, where it has remained since 10 Decem- ber, approximately 750 miles southwest of the Cape Verde Islands. Naval communications on 19 December indicate a direct association between the tanker and a Northern Fleet submarine detachment probably in the same gen- eral area. USSR-Iraq: With the arrival at Basra of a third cargo of arms which is expected momentarily, nearly 10,000 tons of materiel will have been delivered under a $170,000,000 Soviet-Iraq arms deal concluded in November. A fourth Soviet cargo shin has been nrciArpri to load arms for de- livery to Iraq. (Page 1) Watch Committee conclusion -- Berlin/Taiwan Strait: 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 future. No significant changes were noted during the past , week in either the Berlin or the T iman_Strait situations. TOP SECRET AApproved for Release: 2020/01/23 C03010221 Approved for Release: 2020/01/23 C03010221 / TOP SECRET /. P-c) I L ASIA-AFRICA Watch Committee conclusion � Middle East:- A deliberate initiation of large-scale hostilities in the Middle East is unlike- ly in the immediate future. The situation, however, remains precarious throughout the area, particularly in Iraq, Jordan, and along the Syrian-Israeli border. UAR: In the course of his 23 December speech celebrating the second anniversary of the Anglo-French evacuation of Suez, Nasir charged the Communist party in Syria with op- posing Arab nationalism and Arab unity and said that the "force of the Arab people" had compelled Communists and "opportunists" to "hide in their holes." This is Nasir's first personal public attack on the Communists, and may signal a new drive to sup- press their activity in the UAR as well as a stronger effort to limit Communist influence elsewhere in the Arab world. UAR-Iraq: The UAR is preparing to return to Dumayr airfield in Syria some of the support equipment and personnel of the MIG fighter squadron which has been stationed in Iraq eptember, The intent is to enable additional fighters to move quickly from Iraq if required for operations against Israel; at present there are only two MIG squadrons in Syria. Plan- ning for the redeployment may also be related to political' s between Nasir and the Qasim regime. Jordan: Prime Minister Rifai says he intends to resign next .--AFT-1. in order to run the government from behind the scenes. King Husayn, however, may be planning changes earlier and is considering naming one or two "liberal" poli- ticians to the cabinet. Husayn appears increasingly restive in view of what he considers his country's basically untenable posi- tion as an island of Western influence surrounded by hostile gov- ernments. (Page 2) 24 Dec 58 DAILY BRIEF ii TOP. SECRET AApproved for Release: 2020/01/23 C03010221 A 'Approved for Release: 2020/01/23 C03010221_ 14600 TOP SECRET Nationalist China: Chiang ICai-shek's announcement that he will not seek re-election to the presidency of Nationalist China in 1960 does not mean that he will abandon his leader- ship of the ruling Kuomintang party, the real basis for his control of state affairs. A primary reason for his decision is the difficulty of changing the constitutional prohibition against a third term. If a solution to this problem can be found, he may reconsider. If he does step down, Vice President Chen Chem would probably succeed Chiang as president. (Page 3) F1 24 Dec 58 DAILY BRIEF iii r-e-P�SEGRE4 z/ /Approved for Release: 2020/01/23 C03010227 , A, 'TV-111 1177/" F1 ruT" Approved for Release: 2020/01/23 C03010221 I. THE COMMUNIST BLOC Fourth Soviet Arms Cargo Apparently Scheduled for Iraq The Soviet vessel Jan Jores, a former US Liberty ship now undergoing repairs at Odessa, has been directed to pro- ceed to Nikolaev later this week to "load cargo similar to that of the Pskov." The Pskov arrived in the Iraqi port of Basra on 11 December with the second cargo of Soviet arms for Iraq. The first delivery to Basra was made by the Dimitry Pozharsky on 18 November, only a few days after a Soviet Iraqi arms deal reportedly worth $170,000,000 was concluded. Another Soviet vessel, the Ismail, was due in Basra be- tween 18 and 26 December. With its arrival, nearly 10,000, tons of military equipment will have been delivered. The shipments thus far have included artillery, tanks and mai- tary vehicles, and orobab y a variety of smaller arms. TOP SECRET 24 Dec 58 CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE BULLETIN Approved for Release: 2020/01/23 C03010221 Page 1 Approved for Rere-a�s: 20E0/01/23 C03010221 Nire0 Ntftie IL ASIA-AFRICA Developments in Jordan King Husayn is agaiia. planning to replace the cabinet of Samir Rifai with a less unpopular government. Although the King is under no illusion that any new government--to be selected primarily from among Jordan's old-line politicians-- would be an improvement, he feels that change is desirable for psychological reasons. Premier Rifai planned to resign in April; the King, however, presumably contemplates an earlier cabinet re- shuffle and is considering the inclusion of one or two poli- ticians more "liberal" in outlook. The King is considering asking Senate President Said Mufti, a supporter of Rifai, to form the new cabinet. Rifai hopes to replace Mufti as president of the Senate and is con- fident that he can continue to run the government from be- hind the scenes. He wishes to have his brother, Abd al- Munim Rifai, appointed foreign minister in the new govern- ment. The premier is also defense minister and foreign minister, and his claim that he needs a rest has good basis in fact as he has had several mild heart attacks. Rifars government has become so unpopular that it is in many ways a liability to the monarchy. The regime is blamed for deteriorating economic conditions, and Rifaits army reorganization program has offended Bedouin elements in the army and government, upon whom the monarchy has relied for its principal support. The King risks further op- position from the Bedouins if he retains Rifai. SECRET 24 Dec 58 CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE BULLETIN Page 2 Approved for Release: 2020/01/23 C03010221 Approved for iielea7e72-620/C717ii 603010221 Name Chiang Kai-shek Announces He Will Not Seek Third Term Chiang Kai-shek announced on 23 December before a meeting of the Mainland Recovery Planning Board, a group composed chiefly of Kuomintang party members, that he would not seek re-election to the presidency of Nationalist China in 1960 when his second term expires. A third term would require a constitutional amendment which would arouse opposition from liberal elements on Taiwan. Presumably, Chiang believes he could continue to control the state ef- fectively from his equally important post as leader of the ruling Kuomintang party. Vice President Chen Cheng would be Chiang's logical successor. Chen is a long-time associate in whom Chiang has confidence, and his designation as the official Kuomintang candidate would be tantamount to election. If the threat of Chinese Communist military action against the offshore islands continues, Chiang may decide to stay in office. CONFIDENTIAL 24 Dec 58 CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE BULLETIN Page 3 Approved for Release: 2020/01/23 C03010221 Approved for Release: 20-20/01/23 C03010221 *ftio, THE PRESIDENT The Vice President Executive Offices of the White House Special Assistant for National Security Affairs Scientific Adviser to the President Director of the Budget Office of Defense and Civilian Mobilization Special Assistant for Security Operations Coordination Board of Consultants on Foreign Intelligence Activities Special Assistant for Foreign Economic Policy Special Adviser to the President The Treasury Department The Secretary of the Treasury The Department of State The Secretary of State The Under Secretary of State The Under Secretary of State for Economic Affairs The Deputy Under Secretary for Political Affairs The Deputy Under Secretary for Administration The Counselor Director, International Cooperation Administration The Director of Intelligence and Research The Department of Defense The Secretary of Defense The Deputy Secretary of Defense The Secretary of the Army The Secretary of the Navy The Secretary of the Air Force The Chairman, The Joint Chiefs of Staff Commandant, United States Marine Corps The Director, The Joint Staff Chief of Staff, United States Army Chief of Naval Operations, United States Navy Chief of Staff, United States Air Force Assistant to Secretary of Defense for Special Operations Director for Intelligence, The Joint Staff Assistant Chief of Staff for Intelligence, Department of the Army Director of Naval Intelligence, Department of the Navy Assistant Chief of Staff, Intelligence, Department of the Air Force Supreme Allied Commander, Europe Commander in Chief, Pacific The Department of the Interior The Secretary of the Interior Federal Bureau of Investigation The Director Atomic Energy Commission The Chairman National Security Agency The Director National Indications Center The Director United States Information Agency The Director CONFIDENTIAL Approved for Release: 2020/01/23 C03010221 TOP SECRET '7 -TOP-SEC-RET- Approved for Release: 2020/01/23 C03010221wfwmz,,zj,rnZ