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Situation in South Vietnam
Date of Creation:
October 27, 1965
Date of Declassification:
August 4, 1993
Type of Document:
Weekly report
Level of Classification:
Status of Copy:
Pagination, Illustration:
21 p., 2 maps
Viet Cong terrorist and military activity increased for the fourth consecutive week. The 811 incidents for the week ending 23 October were the highest this year and the most recorded in a seven-day period since mid-September 1964. The recent aggressiveness of the Viet Cong is highlighted by the week-long siege of the Special Forces camp at Plei Me in Pleiku Province but, in addition, there were several scattered attacks by battalion- and company-strength enemy forces. The II Corps Tactical Zone remained the most critical combat area. Enemy casualties continue to run high, however, and the balance of military success remained with the government forces, as reflected in favorable kill and weapons-losses ratios. The political situation continues outwardly calm, but signs of underlying restiveness persist. Low-level coup rumors are again being heard in Saigon, but they are not credited by observers as having any solid foundation. The government is concerned that popular discontent over rising prices and commodity shortages may be exploited politically by opponents of the regime. Premier Ky is focusing his attention on the economic problems, and has announced that remedial steps are being taken. Ky has also debunked rumors that he might resign, taking the line that the more difficulties he encounters the longer he will stay in office to eliminate them.
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