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Situation in South Vietnam
Date of Creation:
January 26, 1966
Date of Declassification:
June 10, 1991
Type of Document:
Weekly report
Level of Classification:
Status of Copy:
Pagination, Illustration:
20 p., 2 maps
Activity initiated by the Viet Cong fell sharply during the four-day period of their announced Tet cease-fire, but more than 100 Communist-initiated incidents were nevertheless reported. Viet Cong activity for the week ending 22 January, however, showed a slight increase over the previous week in both the number and intensity of actions reported, reflecting a pre-Tet upsurge. Viet Cong activity since the end of the cease-fire period is reverting toward more normal levels, although no large-scale actions have yet been reported. South Vietnamese and allied operations, prior to the Tet stand-down, reported no major contacts with the enemy, but continued to record cumulative results of some significance. The lunar new year holidays effectively quashed pre-Tet coup rumors, but there continues to be some evidence of minor friction among the ruling generals in Saigon. A Tet appeal for negotiations to end the war by a ranking Buddhist monk, and a prayer-for-peace ceremony in Hue at the end of Tet, raise the possibility that the Buddhists may be gearing up for a possible peace campaign.
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