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Approved For Reline 2003/05/16: CIA-RDP79T00975A08W00210001-0 TOP SECRET 20 April 1966 25X1 25X1 Copy No. C156 CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE BULLETIN 25X1 CURRENT INTELLIGENCE RELATING TO NATIONAL SECURITY State Dept., JCS reviews completed I'll GECL09SIF&TOgncx~GING T92 gf~C R ET Approved For Release 2003/05/16: CIA-RDP79T00975A008 10 25X1 Approved For Release 2003/05/16 : CIA-RDP79T00975AO08900210001-0 Approved For Release 2003/05/16 : CIA-RDP79T00975AO08900210001-0 Approved For R (ease 2003/05/16 : CIA-RDP79T00975AO089002 0001-0 25X1 0 j 20 April 1966 CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE BULLETIN CONTENTS 1. Vietnam: Current situation report. (Page 1) 2. Laos: US air operations against Communist sup- ply activity increasingly effective. (Page 3) 3. India-Pakistan: Both increasingly critical of each other's failure to cooperate in reducing tensions. (Page 4) 25X1 5. Notes: (Page 6 I Kenya; Guinea. 0 j Approved For R (ease 2003/05/16 : CIA-RDP79T00975A0089002 0001-0 25X1 j V NO Approved For ~ elease 2003/05/16 CIA-RDP79TOO975AO0890021 001-0 CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE BULLETIN 20 April 1966 'Vietnam: (Information as of 4:30 AM EST) Political Developments in South Vietnam: The situation remains generally quiet, but uneasy. There have been further indications that Buddhist elements in Hue are lining up behind Tri Quang's call for an end to protest activity, but Da Nang circles con- tinue to demand the government's replacement. Bar- ricades put up to block the entry of any Saigon troops into Da Nang are being removed, however, and local "struggle" authorities have agreed to release several political detainees, including the province chief. Scattered acts of violence were reported yesterday in various I Corps towns. The danger of a serious clash between anti-government student "suicide troops" and armed followers of the Vietnamese Nationalist (VNQDD) Party, many of them pro-government rural construction cadres, has not entirely vanished. In II Corps, local authorities are still not coping success- fully with unrest in Da Lat. he situation may have been aggravated by the corps commander's reported difficulties in asserting discipline in his chain of com- mand-] In Saigon, there are signs of growing concern over the proposed August elections for a constituent assembly. A group of Saigon University law professors has sug- gested postponement of the assembly for fear that the Communists will take advantage of the election. Similar concern was indicated by Catholics in a weekend demon- stration. Mai Tho Truyen, an influential southern Bud- dhist layman who has long been estranged from the Bud- dhist Institute, told an Embassy officer yesterday that the only real pressure for elections came from Tri Quang, whose objective is to control a government from behind the scenes. (continued) 25X1 I Approved For Rese 2003/05/16: CIA-RDP79T00975A%00210001-0 PHU~N 4fion(e.. !' A X,1 U C% T' T AI YEN KIEN' PHONG BINH? DUNG VINH ' BINH LONGI KHANH e Xuan Loc P1000 TUY 25 0 25 50 50 75 l00 Mlles 75 1 0 i ifometers II Approve For Release 2003/05/16 : CIA-RDP79T00975A008900210001- 20 pr INTELLIGENCE BULLETIN Map BINH \TUY SO1TS VIETNAM } C'U`RRENT SITUATION 25X1 25X1 ON Approved For R lease 2003/05/16 : CIA-RDP79T00975AO08900210001-0 25X1 The Military Situation in South Vietnam: The only significant enemy contact reported during the past 24 hours from any of the 25 operations, battalion-sized or larger, currently being conducted by South Vietnamese and allied forces, was in Binh Dinh Province where South Korean troops in operation SU BOK killed 32 Viet Cong and captured five. Korean casualties were four killed and 24 wounded. In the third assault within a week on a US air strip, the Viet Cong early today hit An Khe airfield, base of the US 1st Air Cavalry Division, with six mortar rounds and small arms fire. A sabotage team of 12 to 15 men was infiltrated at the same time. Two C-130 Hercules aircraft and a Quonset hut were damaged by explosive charges, but no US casualties have been reported. The Viet Cong were fired on as they withdrew, but enemy losses are unknown. During the night of 18-19 April, an estimated pla- toon of Viet Cong tried to penetrate the defensive peri- meter of a US Marine artillery battery five miles north- west of Da Nang. A second Marine battery position 900 yards away was simultaneously shelled with 35 rounds of 60-mm. mortar fire.. US casualties totaled six killed and 29 wounded. One 105-mm. artillery piece and one ammunition bunker were destroyed, and two 105-mm. artillery pieces were damaged. Enemy losses have been reported as 11 killed. The US military command in South Vietnam feels that the over-all pattern of enemy activity during the present period of political unrest in the country is sug- gestive of regrouping, retraining, and preparation for future large-scale operations. There continue to be in- dications of impending Viet Cong attacks in the general area extending northwest from Saigon to the Cambodian border, and in the northernmost part of the country. In the northern region, certain recent Communist activities and posture may presage major offensive operations in the area around Da Nang. 0 11 pproved For Release 2003/05/16 : CIA-RDP79T00975AO08900210001-0 25X1 Approved For Ruse 2003/05/16 : CIA-RDP79T00975A900210001-0 THE LAOS PANHANDLE x t r Tap Ap NO T )Kiff NAM 210, Mu G Pass het Ban Phone Mouang Champassak Road - Bypass road - Unimproved trail Pong',tia 64, rtg>,Tri Ban Bac vzs (_1 Saravane 7 1!n Bouang Road Roast under tanstrnetton '? Track ar trait`: 25X1 Approved For Release 2003/05/16 : CIA-RDP79T00975AO08900210001-0 20 Apr 66 CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE BULLETIN Map j Approved For elease 2003/05/16 CIA-RDP79T00975A008900 Laos: US air operations against Communist sup- ply activity in southern Laos appear to be increasingly effective. During the past seven weeks US attack pilots claim to have destroyed about 300 Communist trucks in the Laos panhandle and damaged an additional 300. This total, which exceeds the number of trucks de- stroyed and damaged in the previous four-month period, reflects the widespread and effective use of low-altitude spotting and forward-air-control aircraft. These losses--substantial even allowing for un- avoidable pilot error--have coincided with at least a temporary reduction in the flow of trucks through the corridor area. Marc an ear y pri southbound tra fic along Routes 23 and 911 has dropped off considerably from the December-January daily average of 25-30 trucks. 20 Apr 66 25 25 Approved For Release 2003/05/16 ? CIA-RDP79T00975A0089002 0001-0 2 5W Approved For ReILY3se 2003/05/16 CIA-RDP79TOO975AO08900210001-1) 25X1 India-Pakistan: India and Pakistan are increas- ingly critical of each other's alleged failure to co- operate in reducing tensions. while, the Pakistanis complain that spokesmen in New Delhi have become increasingly adamant in their re- fusal even, to contemplate a change in the status of Kashmir. Ilk; 1, ' fIndians claim & nexL 'Ove is up -to RawalDindi-[Me " m an- Among the provisions of the Tashkent Agreement of last January was one providing for continuing high- level meetings between the two governments. No meeting has been held since an unproductive. joint nidn- UA_j Indian leaders[bave indicateA)concern at, state- ments Chinese Communist leaders made during their recent state visit to East Pakistan pledging continued solidarity with Pakistan against any new "aggression. The public display by'the Pakistanis of Chinese mili- tary equipment and Pakistani press stories alleging that Chinese warnings prevented an Indian attack on East Pakistan last autumn are also causing an un- favorable reactionin New Delhi. There have been occasional conciliatory moves such as Mrs. Gandhi's 19 April statement that she would be willing to meet President, Ayub and the latter's repeated emphasis in his speeches on the need for peace between the two countries. However, these are sub- ject to continuing and usually countervailing internal political. pressures. " -) a-11 hyuk) is still being pressed to prove that the Tashkent Agreement was not a sellout of Pakistan claims in Kashmir TheIndian Government recently came under fire in parliament from both Opposition and government deputies for withdrawing troops from three small salients along the West Pakistan border. Similarly, in D 1,.*. 1. 25X1 OEMME111i Approved For Release 2003/05/16 : CIA-RDP79T00975AO08900210001-0 Approved For Release 2003/05/16 : CIA-RDP79T00975AO08900210001-0 App oved For Release 2003/05/16 : CIA-RDP79T00975A008900210001-0 NO Kenya: President Kenyatta warned the Soviet and Chinese Communist ambassadors last weekend that he would sever diplomatic relations if they continue to pro- vide assistance to former vice president Odinga, who left the government to organize an opposition party. According to a high Kenyan official, Kenyatta told the Soviet ambassador that he would also hold him respon- sible for such activity by Eastern European embassies. The official believes that the Soviets,, who have cur- tailed their clandestine contacts since the ouster of several bloc personnel last month, will heed the warn- ing, but that the Chinese *ill probably continue to fi- nance Odin a through their embassy in Tanzania. 25X1 Guinea: President Tour6 has moderated the ex- treme position he took following the February coup in Ghana. The majority of TourO's advisers apparently have convinced him that Guinea was becoming dan- gerously isolated in Africa, that hopes of extensive new Soviet support were unrealistic, and that US aid should not be jeopardized. On 16 April the top leaders of Guinea's single party unanimously endorsed a letter from Tour6 to President Johnson affirming a desire to strengthen relations with the US, and the political prestige in Conakry of the pro-Wester G i n u nean am- bassador to the US a ears greatly enhanced. 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