NSC BRIEFING - CUBA

Created: 12/17/1958

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NSCDecember8

CUBA

I, Concentration of amy troops and equlpaicnt Id Santiago indicates governmentjw offenslvo In Oriente Province.

reinforced with0 troopsumbertanks.

army has dropped leaflets urging the civilians towhere land and air attacks are to be directed against

H. Despite special preparations and superiorew armywould probably not succeed. A. Demoralization in armed forces spreading.

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staff are now reported to

little hope of defeating rebels.

Some senior as well as Junior officers are suspected of wavering loyalty.

Neither officers nor men have confidence in the highand resent luxury and safety general staff enjoys

Havana.

The rebelssychological advantage.

They have taken every major town between Santiago and Guantanaao City, and government seems concerned that they may actually attack Santiago.

Rebels are adequately supplied and haveimited capability to interfere with Cuban Navy operations.

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