Saturday, December 3, 2016
Here begins a series of blog entries, extracts with commentary from the latest edition of the DEBKAfile newsletter.
"Fidel Castro is dead. He sent Cuban troops to fight Israel on Golan front"
"Fidel Castro, the controversial revolutionary leader who ruled Cuba for 49 years [?], has died at the age of 90, Cuban state television announced. He rose to power in 1959 after a coup d'etat and transformed Cuba into the first communist country in the Western Hemisphere, only handing over to his brother Raul in 2008 . . . . Castro's sympathy for the Arab world's war on Israel in the last decades of the past century has never made waves. In fact, he sent Cuban troops to fight with the Syrian army against Israel on the Golan front in 1973 shortly after the Yom Kippur war. The Russians airlifted a Cuban brigade from Angola to southern Syria to take part in the Syrian war of attrition against Israel. The Cubans were there for three months"
Cubans in Syria? On the Golan Heights? An entire brigade of them? For a period of time a Cuban army of conquest to be found in various parts of the world. Proxies for the old Soviet Union involved in Cold War machinations.
Reports of Cubans even in Syria as of this exact moment fighting on the side of Assad not be discounted either.