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    U.S. forces at the Guantanamo Naval base, Cuba, stand alert in view of the worsening?

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    Background: U.S. forces at the Guantanamo Naval base, Cuba, stand alert in view of the worsening of U.S. - Cuba relations. Film shows brief scenes in around Guantanamo.

    The constant vigil of the US forces on Guantanamo increases in intensity each day, as rumours spread of possible Cuban action against the US Naval Base. Castro has announced he is taking all precautions to prevent what might look like an incident, and thus provoke the US into aggressive action against him - Roa has announced in the United Nations in New York that Cuba expects an american aggression around the base to 'ensure the election of Republican Candidate Vice President Nixon'.

    There was an invasion of Guantanamo on Nov 3 but not the one Castro has talked about. This is a mock invasion by US marines masquerading as aggressors presuming that enemy have broken through the fence and the minefields surrounding the 24-mile perimeter of the base. Jet fighters, and bombers, and tanks, will try to repel them.

    The timing of this exercise reminds one forcibly of the timing of the U2 flight which gave USSR the excuse to break off the Summit talks in Paris. It's to be hoped that this ill-timed exercise will give Castro no similar but doubtless bloodier, excuse for a positive act against already overstrained Latin American relationships.

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