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Approved For lease 2003/04/18 : CIA-RDP79T DIRECTORATE OF INTELLIGENCE Central Intelligence Bulletin State Dept. review completed Top Secret 25X1 159 25X1 17 December 1966 Approved For Release 2003/04/18 : CIA-RDP79T00975A009500050001-1 25X1 Approved For Release 2003/04/18 : CIA-RDP79T00975AO09500050001-1 Approved For Release 2003/04/18 : CIA-RDP79T00975AO09500050001-1 Approved For 14"e 2003/04/18 : CIA-RDP79T00975A004500050001-1 25X1 Central Intelligence Bulletin CONTENTS 1. Vietnam: Current situation report. (Page 1) 3. Communist China - USSR: Expulsion of Soviet correspondents a reaction to stepped-up propa- ganda attacks by Moscow. (Page 4) 4. Indonesia: Suharto being pressed to accelerate anti-Sukarno campaign. (Page 5) 5. Venezuela: Government pushing moves against Communist terrorists. (Page 6) 6. Chile: Communists using strike to exploit dis- content with government wage program. (Page 7) 25X1 7. Notes: USSR E::~erlin; Guinea; (Page 8) 25X1 25X1 25X1 Approved For Reltase 2003/04/18 : CIA-RDP79T00975A00950005000051x1 Approved Fdr %lease 2003/04/18 : CIA-RDP79TO0975A009500050001-1 I ?Quang Tri kU(JANG TRI `:rI C riue? l G 7 ?Da Nang 'All QUAN- TIN Pleiku? PL EIKU Cheo Reed." I_ `?? ttopeu KONTUP.t J'? r" Kontum? PHNOM..,, PENH? { NI NH 1~ ? Tay Ninh< ? NORTH VIETNAM IaY ,J INC EN \ K.E KiEN \>'I+orv duN J EN? )y Hoa ? Ban Me I r v C'AI YFY '~ 11 yDa Lat? 1 OUC q._ huo Vinh ._' L V j Bie KH n ( BINH n Hoa t TUY ?Xuan Loc II DIN ~ Vytftg Tau VINH O Bi-i PHan Thiet SOUTH VIETNAM 0 25 50 75 100Mdes 0 25 50 75 160 Kilometers 25X1 17 Dec 66 CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE BULLETIN Map Approved For~1RReel ase 2003/04/18 : CIA-RDP79T00I75AAO09500M61-1 t sd~ *Vietnam: (Information as of 4:30 AM EST) The Military Situation in South Vietnam: Commu- nist forces continue to avoid contact with large-scale allied operations now under way but are initiating rela- tively successful smaller scale actions. On 15 December an estimated company, of Viet Cong attacked a hamlet four miles northeast of Phan Thiet, the capital of Binh Thuan Province. Armored South Vietnamese Army elements dispatched to rein- force the defenders engaged in a four-hour firefight, sustaining casualties of nine killed, 36 wounded, and one captured, Viet Cong losses included six killed and one captured. in Sep- tember the Viet Cong disbanded their 86th Main Force 25X1 Battalion and reassigned its members to various district units in an effort to strengthen the local forces. This is the firs report of the disbanding and down- grading of a main force unit for such a purpose although there have recently been a number of 25X1 reports that similar steps are being taken in other areas north of Saigon. This activity is undoubtedly being undertaken on a selective basis, and does not signify a decision by the Communists to give up their large-scale military ca a- bilities. For example, 25X1 the North Vietnamese Its 77 Regiment a deployed to northeastern Khanh Hoa Province in preparation for a "dry season" off nsive. 17 Dec 66 25X1 Approved For Rel ase 2003/04/18: CIA-RDP79T0097,jA0095000 5OtTlI-1 25X1 Approved For Release 2003/04/18 : CIA-RDP79T00975AO09500050001-1 Next 1 Page(s) In Document Exempt Approved For Release 2003/04/18 : CIA-RDP79T00975AO09500050001-1 Approved FkeWo 25X1 Communist China - USSR: China's expulsion of three Soviet correspondents is a reaction to increas- ingly sharp Soviet propaganda attacks. The Chinese charged that the newsmen had been spreading "rumors and slanders" about the cultural revolution and declared that this could not be tolerated. Recent Russian pronouncements have included increas- ingly bitter personal attacks on "Mao and his clique, " and Brezhnev reviewed the situation in the international Communist movement at a Soviet party central commit- tee plenum this week. Peking may also intend the move as a warning to foreign correspondents remaining in China that they must be more careful in reporting Red Guard activities. The Chinese have displayed some sensitivity to foreign press treatment of the "cultural revolution, " but have not imposed censorship. In order to parry possible charges that they are systematically cutting the remaining Sino-Soviet ties, the Chinese have pointed out that the expulsion order leaves three Soviet correspondents still in China--the same number that the Chinese have in the USSR. 17 Dec 66 Approved For Re ease - 9500050001-1 25X1 Approved Forte se 2003/04/18 : CIA-RDP79T0097 0950005000'2$X1 Indonesia: General Suharto is under increasing pressure to accelerate the campaign against Presi- dent Sukarno. 25X1 Suharto's continued reluctance to move precipi- tately against Sukarno is dictated both by a desire to proceed along constitutional lines and by fear that support for Sukarno in Java is still so strong that his ouster would trigger a civil war there. Although Suharto appears to have sanctioned a fresh round of press attacks and demonstrations against Sukarno to take advantage of the revelations of the trial of Omar Dani, he may continue to tem- porize on taking formal action against the President. A further complication in the situation is Sukarno's announcement that he is going abroad to take part in a "meeting of heads of state" sometime in the next three months. Press reports claim he will visit Egypt and Yugoslavia. 25X1 Approved For Rele se - 00$5g 0150001-1 Approved For AmI60 x409500050001..5X1 Venezuela: The government is vigorously prose- cuting its campaign against the dissident Communist terrorists. By Thursday afternoon, police had processed about 1,000 persons from the Central University area. Some wanted persons have been arrested and some arms seized, but the military are convinced that a security leak permitted the evacuation of arms and the escape of terrorists, 25X1 Vethencourt and Jovito Villalba, leader of the gov- ernment coalition party, have both said that the gov- ernment intends to take down the high chain-link fence around Central University. According to the US Em- bassy, the government apparently intends to end the privileged extraterritorial status of the university once and for all. Colonel Vethencourt said that a police unit headed by an inspector will be assigned permanently to the campus. Vethencourt added that the military operation will not end in the near future. The military want to remain in control until they are assured that the university will never again be used as a sanctuary and that terrorist havens and strongholds in Caracas have been eliminated. Reaction so far to the government's move has been generally favorable. Late reports indicate that Caracas remains calm. Central University had been used as a base of op- erations for the terrorists. Military occupation of the university and the freedom of action granted the army by the suspension of constitutional guarantees will un- doubtedly be severe blows to the Communists, but will not necessarily Cripple them. 25X1 Approved For Release A0095 q 001-1 T -- ----- Approved For FWa e 2003/04/18 : CIA-RDP79T0097 950005Q8-1 Chile: The Communist Party of Chile is using the 12-day-old strike of public health workers to exploit general discontent with the government's wage adjust- ment program. The Communists hope to start a nationwide strike against the government if the public health strike con- tinues, Widespread labor agitation could prevent passage of the government's wage adjustment bill now in congress and force the government to back down on its wage policy, thus endangering its entire program for stabil- ization and economic development. Chile's chronic inflation has especially hurt pub- lic health workers, who are at the low end of the gov- ernment pay scale. There have been several clashes between strikers and police, and police have arrested about 20 strike leaders. The Federation of Medical Doctors of Chile has called a 48-hour sympathy strike, and other groups may follow suit, Communist exploitation of the strike may indicate a new militancy on the part of the Communist- Socialist labor central (CUTCh). CUTCh has been attempting to counter the Christian Democratic Party's effort to over- come Communist-Socialist control of most of Chile's organized labor. Vigorous action by this organization would compound labor problems, as contracts come up for renewal in 1967 in the copper and other critical in- 25X1 17 Dec 66 Approved For R A00950005~Ni1 25X1 Approved For O NOTES A 99500 , b1-1 USSR: Defense Minister Malinovsky is ill and in a hospital, according to a Soviet official, and may soon retire. Malinovsky, who is 68 and has held his post for nine years, has failed to appear at several impor- tant public occasions during the past three months. Should he retire, first deputy defense minister Marshal Grechko, who spoke for the armed forces at the party central committee plenum this week, appears to be the most likely successor. 25X 25X1 25X1 Berlin: The West Berlin Senat will not interfere if the East Germans unilaterally offer holiday passes to West Berliners, according to a Senat spokesman. He indicated that the Senat would not be concerned should the East Germans require visitors to sign a statement personally "recognizing" the GDR, I (continued) 17 Dec 66 25X1 Approved For 4Iease 2003/04/18 : CIA-RDP79T009 Approved For F 9500050 -11 Guinea: President Tourd' has again abruptly re- versed his regime's posture by making friendly over- tures to the US. In a meeting on 13 December with the entire personnel of the information ministry and some party leaders well known for their anti-US stance, he censured them for their recent behavior and ordered the information media to cease all at- tacks on the US. These orders appear to have ef- fectively halted the anti-American campaign. On 14 December, Tourd virtually apologized to the US ambassador for the attacks, claiming he had been mis- led by some of his advisers and "foreign powers. " 25X1 17 Dec 66 9 Approved For Rele A009500050Q1X11 Topft For F ase 2003/04/18: CIA-RDP79T00975 9500050001-1 Top Secret Approved For Release 2003/04/18 : CIA-RDP79T00975AO09500050001-1