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Situation in South Vietnam
Date of Creation:
December 8, 1965
Date of Declassification:
January 12, 1996
Type of Document:
Weekly report
Level of Classification:
Status of Copy:
Pagination, Illustration:
34 p., 3 maps
Statistics for the week ending 4 December reflect a decline in the intensity of the fighting in South Vietnam. However, a number of Communist-initiated actions this week, together with a sharp engagement between US and Communist troops about 35 miles northwest of Saigon, suggest little more than a breathing space has occurred in the pace of combat. The Saigon government is reportedly considering a cessation of rail traffic between Nha Trang and Da Nang, a five-province stretch of track that has been repeatedly sabotaged by the Viet Cong. On the political scene, as the Saigon's military rulers continued to turn their attention to setting up long-range machinery for a more popularly based government, they have again come under low-keyed attack from Catholic elements expressing dissatisfaction with progress to date. Additionally, Buddhist monk Tri Quang is reportedly preparing a draft appeal for efforts to end the war to be circulated at a forthcoming Buddhist internal conference.
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