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1973-10-15 Central Intelligence Bulletin: Arab States-Israel

1973-10-15 Central Intelligence Bulletin: Arab States-Israel

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EO
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DATE:
29-Aug-2012
C
ARAB
STATES
-
ISRAEL:
Egyptian
forces
madesome
gains
in
intense
fighting
in
the
Sinai
Sunday.
In
-Syria,
the
Israelis extended
their
narrow salient,
butcontinued
to
meetdeterminedresistance.
Egyptian
forces
launched
a
generalattackalong
the
entirecanal
front
at
dawnyesterday.
Fighting
wasparticularly
heavy
in the
Mitla
Pass
area,
andthe Bir
Jifjafah'air
command
center was
knocked
out
of
service
for
three hours
by Egyptianair attacks.When
the
fighting
died down
last
night,
there
were
conflicting
reports
of
what
the
Egyptians had achieved.
the
three
mainprongs
ofthe
offensivewereextended
an
average
of
six
miles,
with
a
maximum
penetration
into
the
Sinai
of
nearly
19.
miles;
TelAviv
claims
to
have held
the
Egyptians
to
maximum
gains
of
sixmiles.
The
Israelis
report
thatthey
destroyed
280
Egyptian
tanks,
while
losing
30-40 of
their own.The
Egyptiansadmit
to
losing
100
tanks,
but
say
that
150
Israelitanks
were
de-
stroyed.The IsraeliAir Force
shifted
the
bulk
ofits
operationsfrom
the
Syrianfront
tothe
Sinai
yes-
terday
to
counter
the
Egyptian
attack.|This
suggests
that
the
Egyptianshave
moved
mobile
SA-6
launchers
to the
eastbank,
prob-ably-
to
provide
cover
to
their
troops
advancing
into
the
Sinai.
According
to
press
reports,
the
Israelis
are
also moving
additional
troops
to
the
Sinai.
Onthe
Syrianfront,
Israeli
forcesnowcontrol
Sasa,
.22
milesfrom Damascus,and small unitshave
driven
to
within
16
miles
of
the
capital.
Israeli
attempts
yesterday
to
pushtowardDamascus
and
tov
envelop substantialSyrianand
Iraqi units
on
their
southern
flank,
however,were met
by
determinedsmallunitcounterattacks.
The
frontfrom
the
Damascus-Qunaytirah
road;south
to
the
Jordanian
border,
continues
to
approximate
the
1967
cease-fireline.
In
the
north,
Arabforces--possibly
)
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CMoroccan--continue
to
hold
a
salient
west
of
the
1967
cease-fire
line.
Airactivityover
the
GolanHeights,heavy
'forthe
pastweek,
virtually
ceased
late
yester-day
as
the
Israelismoved
their
aircraft
to
the
Sinai
front.Despite
the
general
lack
of
progressbyeither
side,
bothcontinue
to
issue
reassuringpublic
state-
ments.IsraeliDefenseMinisterDayanclaimedyester-
day
that
the
Syrian
Army,although
not annihilated,wasbadly
beaten
anddefeated;
the
SyrianInformationMinistercounteredthat
Syria's
position
on
the
battle-field
"is
a
good
one."
Jordanannounced
on
13
October that
its
troops
were
fighting
on
the
Syrianfront,
but
early
this
morning
therestill
was
.no
independentevidence
that
they
haveenteredhostilities.Thesingle Jordanianarmoredbrigadeknown
to
be
in
Syriamovedyesterdayfrom
an
areaeast
of
Dar'a
to
a
positionwest
of
ShaykhMiskin
and
south
of
Nawa.Although
this
shift
brought
the
forcecloser
to
the
fighting,
the
brigade
encountered
no
resistance
orair
strikes.
Two
Is-
eli
aircraftoverflew
the
unit,
but
weredriven
off
by Syrian
anti-
aircraft
missiles.Thedeployment
of
this
Jordanian
unit
to
Syria
has
considerablyreducedArabpressures
onKing
Husayn,
but
high-levelofficials
of
the
Jor-
danianGovernment
are
still
believed
to
be
pressing
theKing
to
allow
the
force
to
join
the
fighting.
In
the
view
of
such
officials,
the
heavy
losses
suffered
bySyria
and.Iraq
demand
that
Jordan,
too,
must"have
some
martyrs."
Saudi
Arabian
domesticradio announced
last
night
that
Saudi
troopshavebegunarriving
inthe
Golan
Heights.
This
claim
is
undoubtedlydesigned
to
gain
KingFaysal
the same
good publicity
that
is
beinggiven
King
Husayn
for
Jordan's
tokeninvolve-
ment.
In
reality,
the
Saudi
brigadeclosest
to
the
fighting
wasstill
in
easternJordanyesterday,
far
from
the
Syrian
frontwithdifficult
terrain
stillto
cross.
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