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Approved for Release: 2019/04/17 C03186512 DIRECTORATE OF INTELLIGENCE �T-op-Seeret- 3.5(c)_ Central Intelligence Bulletin Approved for Release: 2019/04/17 C03186512 ---rop-Seefet� I C- 3.5(c) 7 February 1968 Approved for Release: 2019/04/17 C03186512 -i op eerei� 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 1.8, Sections 793, 794, and 798. �Tap-Seer-et- Approved for Release: 2019/04/17 C03186512 3.5(c) 3.5(c) Approved for Release: 2019/04/17 C03186512_ -T--ffP-SEGRE-T 7 February 1968 Central Intelligence Bulletin CONTENTS Vietnam: Situation report. (Page 1) Chile: President Frei's political isolation is frustrating attempts to deal with chronic economic problems. (Page 5) Latin America - USSR: Four more nations may estab- lish diplomatic and commercial relations with the USSR. (Page 6) Laos: Military situation (Page 7) Approved for Release: 2019/04/17 C03186512 3.5(c 3.5(c 3.3(h)(2) 3.51) Approved for Release: 2019/04/17 C03186512 *Vietnam: South Vietnam: North Vietnamese regulars, spear- headed by nine armored vehicles believed to be Soviet- built T-34 tanks, attacked the Lang Vei Special Forces camp near Khe Sanh late yesterday but were unsuccessful in capturing the strategic outpost. The night-long assault, timed to coincide with a heavy artillery, rocket, and mortar bombardment of the Khe Sanh base and a light ground attack on US Marine de- fensive positions atop nearby Hill 861, was repulsed shortly after daybreak. By midday the action was settling down with heavy air attacks being directed at the withdraw- ing Communist force. The Khe Sanh airfield was cratered but is now fully operational. Meanwhile, fighting continues in Hue with allied forces making slow progress in their bitter block-by- block clearing operations. Saigon was relatively quiet during the night, but 16 allied soldiers and 120 Commu- nists;were killed in a sharp firefight just north of the capital. Throughout the rest of the country no new large- scale attacks were reported yesterday or early this morning. Several members of the assembly's Upper House continue to criticize the government and appear to be de- laying early passage of a resolution of full support in the 7 Feb 68 1 TO RET Approved for Release: 2019/04/17 C03186512 3.5(c) 3.3(h)(2) 3.5(c) ----- Approved for Release: 2019/04/17 C03186512 � present crisis. During a heated session on 6 February, there were charges that the government, or at least some key commanders, failed to act on warnings from the se- curity services of impending Viet Cong attacks during the Tet holidays. One senator called for the resignation of the military commanders. Others are reportedly urging the arming of civilians and a complete revamp of the pacification program to restore the Diem government's strategic hamlet concept. Lower House deputies are so far proving much more co- operative with the government and have set up a special aid committee to work with the government's task force. North Vietnam: Indications of unusual air activity-- possibly directed against allied operations near the De- militarized Zone--have been increasingly evident A flight of three IL-28 twin-jet bombers moved to Phuc Yen airfield near Hanoi yesterday from a base in southwestern China where the entire North Vietnamese inventory of eight IL-28s had been located since last spring. North Vietnam's small force of AN-2 transport planes--which reportedly have been adapted for a ground attack role--have also been active and may be deploying to southern North Vietnam. There have been a number of reports of the use of supporting aircraft by the Communists in their current offensive in northern South Vietnam. The recent unpre- cedented movements of transports and bombers in the North lends some credence to these reports. 7 Feb 68 2 TOP ET Approved for Release: 2019/04/17 C03186512 3.5(c) 3.3(h)(2) 3.5(c) 3.5(c) Approved for Release: 2019/04/17 C03186512 Approved for Release: 2019/04/17 C03186512 Approved for Release: 2019/04/17 C03186512 TOP CRET 3.5(c) 3.3(h)(2) 7 Feb 68 3 CR PT Approved for Release: 2019/04/17 C03186512 3.5(c) Approved for Release: 2619/04/17 C03186512 TOP S1CRET 3.5(c) 3.3(h)(2) 7 Feb 68 4 TOP SF.C.R-F"l'- Approved for Release: 2019/04/17 C03186512 3.5(c) Approved for Release: 2019/04/17 C03186512- 1 tie 6.EUKIL Chile: President Frei's increasing political iso- lation is frustrating his efforts to deal with the coun- try's economic and political problems. Last week, unable to rally support outside his own party, Frei withdrew his crucial wage readjust- ment bill, which would have provided for needed de- velopment projects. Opposition parties, including the strong Communist Party, refuse to deal with the country's serious economic problems because such action might strengthen Frei's party in the 1970 presi- dential election. In addition, Frei is faced with open rebellion by the far left wing of his own party and may have to make extensive changes to strengthen the cabi- net within a few months. As the government searches for a new way to stop Chile's chronic inflation, pressure will build up to tap the profits of the US-based copper companies. Such action would violate present investment agree- ments and discourage new foreign investment. I 7 Feb 68 5 TOP SECRET Approved for Release: 2019/04/17 C03186512 Approved for Release: 2019/04/17 C03186512 -L f J L./ N.__A AA- -8_1 Latin America - USSR: Four more countries may establish diplomatic and formal commercial re- lations with the USSR during 1968. Venezuela, Ecuador, Peru, and Bolivia are influenced by the reasoning of the other members of the regional economic "Andean group." Chile and Colombia re- stored relations with the USSR in November 1964 and January 1968 respectively. All these countries are seeking, perhaps with undue optimism, expanded mar- kets for hard-to-sell commodities in order to ease growing economic difficulties. Several believe that expanding relations with the USSR will further strain the Soviet-Cuban relationship. the Andean countries may also have the naive hope that through recognition of the USSR as a group they could persuade the USSR to put pressure on Cuba to halt intervention in South America. 7 Feb 68 6 Tor SECRET Approved for Release: 2019/04/17 C03186512- 3.5(c 3.3(h)(2) 3.3(h)( 3.5(c) 3.5i) Approved for Release: 2019/04/17 C03186512 LAOS PANHANDLE NORTH �Thi h Hoe VIETNAM(' Enemy Controlled Territory 7 25 0 25 50 5p 7,5 Miles 75 Kilometers NA NAN GULF OF TONKIN DEMILITARIZED ZONE Savannakhet *Khe Sanh THAILAND 69519 2-68 CIA CA BODIA 7 Feb 68 CENTRAL mrrpr:r Tr,_rrKTr,r. 17. 7 77 ? Approved for Release: 2019/04/17 C031865121JA Map Approved for Release: 2019/04/17 C03186512 -rm. 1, NOTE Laos: The Communists appear to be preparing for a new offensive in the northern portion of the Bolovens Plateau, North Vietnamese troops have reduced the government's defensive perimeter around the provin- cial capital of Saravane and have seized a number of villages astride Route 16, the key overland route into the lightly defended town. A North Vietnamese deserter claims the Communists intend to occupy Saravane before moving on to hit more important government base camps at Lao Ngam and Ban Thateng. Although Saravane does not play an important mili- tary role in the area, its loss would have a Serious psychological impact on an already nervous leader- ship in Vientiane. 7 Feb 68 7 TOP SECRET Approved for Release: 2019/04/17 C03186512 �TurS-ecret- --Top-Seeret� Approved for Release: 2019/04/17 C03186512 Approved for Release: 2019/04/17 C03186512