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January 5, 1956
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Approved for Release: 2019/10/21 C03020476 e/ r fr/d TOP SECRET CURRENT INTELLIGENCE BULLETIN / 3.5(c) 5 January 1956 L-mPY I"' 103 DOCUMENT NO / NO CHANGE IN CLASS. ult El DECLASSIFIED CLASS. CHANGED TO: TS S C NEXT REVIEW DATE. 40/ NTH: HR70.-2* DATE.T.4W,.._ REVIEWER: OFFICE OF CURRENT INTELLIGENCE CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE AGENCY TOP SECRET Approved for Release: 2019/10/21 C03020476 sff#4 Approved for Release: 2019/10/21 C03020476 Approved for Release: 2019/10/21 C03020476 Approved for Release: 2019/10/21 C03020476 Irme Nor CONTENTS 1. USSR REPORTEDLY ASKS LIBYA FOR USE OF AIRSTRIP page 3). 2. ETHIOPIA MAKES OIL AGREEMENT WITH CZECHOSLOVAKIA (page 4). 3. PARAGUAYAN POLITICAL TENSION INCREASES (page 5). 5 Jan 56 * * * * THE ARAB-ISRAELI SITUATION (page 6) Current Intelligence Bulletin Page 2 Approved Or Release: -0671-6/21 C03020476 Approved for Release: 2019/10/21 C03020476 I %A' 4 visor' 1. USSR REPORTEDLY ASKS LIBYA FOR USE OF AIRSTRIP The American embassy in Tripoli com- ments that these airstrips are numerous and that most of them would need only minor repairs to handle aircraft up to Dakota size. The ostensible purpose of the airstrip would be to provide unrestricted access for Soviet planes ferry- ing diplomatic personnel� their supplies, equipment, etc. It could also be used to observe United States air force and British army operations and for actively supporting the North African nationalists. In the absence of any evidence to con- firm or deny the American embassy views it "with considerable reservation." Comment Libya is dependent on payments it re- ceives from Britain and the United States in return for base rights. If the USSR has made such a re- quest in connection with establishment of its diplomatic mis- sion in Libya, Prime Minister Ben Halim may see an oppor- tunity for further bargaining with the West. Ben Halim has indicated that he believes Egypt successfully maneuvered the West into an offer of financial aid for its high dam project. 5 Jan 56 Current Intelligence Bulletin Page 3 __� Approved for Release: 2019/10/21 C03020476 Approved for Release:_2019/10/21 C03020476 Nwei 2, ETHIOPIA MAKES OIL AGREEMENT WITH CZECHOSLOVAKIA Comment Communist exports of petroleum are prominent in Moscow's trade with un- derdeveloped countries. In the first six months of 1955, Ethiopian-Soviet bloc trade amounted only to about $100,000. The Czechs have shown increasing eco- nomic interest in Ethiopia by their large trade mission and by their expensive exhibit at the Jubilee Fair in November. Communist interest in Africa has in- creased recently as demonstrated by the Soviet Union's diplomatic representation in Libya and its request for sim- ilar privileges in Liberia. (Concurred in by ORR) 5 Jan 56 Current Intelligence Bulletin Page 4' Approved for Release: 2019/10/21 C03020476 Approved for Release:,2019/10/21 C03020476 Noe 3. PARAGUAYAN POLITICAL TENSION INCREASES There are numerous indications of continued uncertainty in the Paraguayan politico military situation, according to Ambassador Ageton in Asuncion. Troops were confined to barracks over the holiday and chauffeurs assigned to foreign military missions have been recalled for Paraguayan army use. The reported leader of the abortive army- police rebellion on 21 December, Epifanio Mendez Fleitas, Central Bank president and a leader of the ruling Colorado Party, has resumed energetic political activity. Moreover, the two military commanders involved in the conspiracy have been freed and no action has been taken against Police Chief Ortega, who was also involved. The selection of replace- ments for these men is a source of friction between the army and the Colorado Party. Top Communist leaders, including Oscar Creydt and Obdulio Barthe, have reappeared in Asuncion, but the government is hesitant to take action against them at this time because of its distrust of Ortega's police. Ageton com- ments that the current political confusion offers the Commu- nists an opportunity for advantageous political maneuvering. Comment President Stroessner's hesitancy in act- ing against the Mendez group probably re- flects his uncertainty as to the extent of Mendez' support in the army. Stroessner is also being pressed by Argentina to get rid of this pro-Peron group. While Ortega is not known to be a Commu- nist, he has protected Communist friends, and the Commu- nists are so well placed in the police that few surprise raids against Communists can be made. 5 Jan 56 Current Intelligence Bulletin Page 5 Approved for Release: 2019/10/21 C03020476 Approved for Release: 2019/10/21 C03020476 4.),L14.11,1-0 EGYPT THE ARAB-ISRAELI SITUATION (Information as of 1700, 4 January) NCLASSIFIEI Tel:f5v1v az0 Sir ISRAEL EL AU ..C) \ I SINAI \J ILAT 0 SHARM EL SHEIK AQABA SAUDI ARABIA 444+ te/4, 14;IRED SEA 5 JANUARY 1956 No significant military activity has been reported. High Israeli officials in Tel Aviv have urgently requested American help in obtaining de- livery of "at least" the 12 Mark IV Mystere jet planes which Israel has on order in France. According to the American em- bassy, the fear of Egyptian air superiority and the possibility that Egypt might bomb Israeli cities have brought "near panic" in some quarters and Prime Minister Ben-Ourion is report- edly "extremely nervous and upset over it." 60104 5 Ambassador Lawson believes that the Israeli government has made a "sober reappraisal" of the raid at Lake Tiberias on 11-12 December and that similar raids are unlikely in the future. The British ambassador also believes that Israel is not at the moment contemplating aggressive action. 5 Jan 56 negotiations for procurement Current Intelligence Bulletin Page 6 Approved for Release: 2-019/10/21 C03020476 Approved for Release: 2019/10)21 C03020476 %in" Nmoi of arms from the Soviet lbloc were continuing, and that tentative arrangements had been made for delivery in January of 2,000 small arms. Additional deliveries were scheduled to be completed in March. It is not clear at this time whether or not Syria has contracted for the more important items some 60 T-34 medium tanks complete with replacement parts, 40,000 shells and 2,000,000 rounds of machine gun ammunition. 5 Jan 56 Current Intelligence Bulletin Page 7 Approved fTrRelea-s7:2.6-15/76)21 C03020476