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Report U

.S. Bombing

(P)-U.S. planes are now bombing
Communist infiltration routes in-.
to Thailand from Laos, military
sources here report. They are also
bombing Communist anti-aircraft
emplacements in Thailand, just
inside the Laotian border.
V These actions are similar to
early U.S. efforts in South Viet-
nam, officers here added.
The U.S. has undertaken a ma-
jor buildup in Thailand the last
few years with total American
strength now exceeding 35,000
,men, including some 1,000 air
commandos. The commandos help
train Thais in counter-insurgency
These same sources say the
Communists have sought to coun-
ter the raids by positioning anti-
aircraft guns and surface to air
missiles in the extreme northeast-
ern corner of Thailand. They also
report that some American planes
have been shot down over Thai-
land although there has been no
official statement on the losses.
These disclosures, made Wed-
nesday by officers here, appear to
indicate a worsening insurgency
situation for the Thais, confront-
ed more and more with Commun-
ist penetration of their borders.
The Pentagon and the U.S. em-
bassy in Bangkok denied these
0 Despite almost identical state-
ments of denial from both Bang-
kok and Washington, the officers
at Elgin Air Force Base in Florida
'eiterated that Communist anti-
aircraft w e a p o n s have been
moved from Laos into a small

part of Thailand and that U.S.
pilots are bombing those emplace-
They declined to be specific but
said the actions involve U.S. air
commandos in Thailand.
Eglin AFB is a major Air Force
Tactical Command facility where
air commandos-Air Force coun-
terparts to the Army's Special
Forces, the Green Berets are
The Pentagon denial said, "Air-
craft of the United States armed
forces are not bombing targets in
Thailand. No U.S. military air-
craft have been lost to Commun-
ist anti-aircraft fire or surface-
to-air missiles in Thailand. We

have no knowledge of any Com-
munist anti-aircraft guns or sur-
face-to-air missiles in Thailand."
Some 1,000 air commandos are
among the 35,000 or more U.S.
military men now in Thailand.
They help train Thais in counter-
insurgency operations.
Both the U.S. and the Thai
governments acknowledged earlier
this year that many American air
attacks on enemy supply lines
and positions in South Vietnam
were originating from Thailand
Earlier last year the Pentagon
acknowledged U.S.-flown helicop-
ters were being used to ferry
Thai troops into the northeast

section for counter-insurgency
But the Pentagon said then
that U.S. pilots were under strict
orders to avoid involvement in
combat and would be replaced as
soon as enough Thai helicopter
pilots had been trained.
Earlier this year both the U.S.
and Thai governments acknowl-
edged for the first time that many
American air attacks on enemy
supply lines and positions in
South Vietnam were originating
from Thailand bases.
Since then, B52 bombers have
been moved from Guam to Thai-
land to cut flying time to targets
in South Vietnam as well as Laos.

Yemeni Royalists Bombard

French Lift
Arms Ban
In Mid-East
PARIS (I) -- French officials
said yesterday negotiations are
under way for an arms deal with
Iraq in what appeared to be a
major shift in French-Middle East
President Charles de Gaulle
imposed an arms embargo on the
Middle East in June at the out-
break of hostilities between Israel
and surrounding Arab states. Is-
raeli forces quickly won a stun-
ning victory, due largely to
French-made M i r a g e fighter
Shortly afterward, Israel sought
delivery of 50 more Mirage planes
it had ordered from France and
on which it had made a down
payment. But the Israelis were
turned down and relations be-
tween Jerusalem and Paris be-
came severely strained when De
Gaulle accused Israel of being the
aggressor in the June 5-9 war.
French sourcesunow sayathe
sale of arms to Iraq is considered
"desirable" and indicated the
other Arab nations would also re-
ceive a more favorable response
to arms requests, breaking the
June embargo. France does not
want to "close itself up" in an
"exclusive alliance" with Israel,
one source said.
Oil Agreement
France has a particular moti-
vation to lift its arms ban for
sales to Iraq. France and Iraq re-
cently concluded an agreement for
oil exploration rights on 5,000
square miles of Iraqi territory.
And oil exploitation accords are
said by French officials to be
well advanced in the important
North Rumaila area, which is rich
in oil.
Israeli officials in Jerusalem
expressed dismay at the reports
from Paris and warned that such
an arms deal "endangered peace
in the Middle East."
Some reports, neither officially
confirmed nor denied, said Iraq
is asking for 50 Mirage V fight-
ers, 15 Mirage E3 fighters, 8 Nord
Atlas troop carrying planes, 4
training planes and 150 armored
Good Outlets
The French sources commented
that it had always been said by
France that the Middle East arms
embargo "would budge with the
times." They said France has no
reason not to sell arms to Arab
countries which would be good
outlets for France. And they
added it would be better for Iraqi
forces to be equipped with Mirages
than Soviet MIGs.
King Hussein of Jordan has
been in Paris twice recently and
high level Syrian officials are due
in Paris this weekend.

CIO leaders spurned President
Johnson's plea yesterday to re-
strain big wage demands unless
Congress imposes "equality of
sacrifice" through wartime con-
trols on prices, profits, dividends,
business executive salaries and
rents, as well as wages.
"We have always said we are
ready to accept equality of sac-
rifice," said a spokesman for AFL-
CIO President George Meany, who
opened the 14 million member la-
bor federation's convention in an
atmosphere of strong political
support for Johnson.
But Johnson's plea Wednesday

night for wage and price restraint
from business and labor left the
labor chieftains cold.
"We'll be no part of putting the
total burden on the backs of
workers," said President Roy Sie-
miller of the International Asso-
ciation of Machinists, whose un-
ion first smashed the last White
House attempt to hold down wage
hikes in last year's six week air-
lines strike.
Johnson, speaking to the Busi-
ness Council in Washington Wed-
nesday, urged price restraint to
keep the U.S. dollar sound in view
of currency devaluations in Eu-

Labor leaders argued that he
I failed to put equal pressure on
business to hold down price hikes,
which is also part of the guide-
line theory formulated by the
.President's Council of Economic
Johnson's biggest success in
previous efforts was in holding
the United Steelworkers Union to
roughly 3.2 per cent in their 1965
negotiations covering some 450,-
000 workers in the big steel in-
dustry. Major labor corporations
are in the midst of price increases
affecting as much as 84 per cent
of shipments.
The Steelworkers, headed by
I. W. Abel, will be negotiating with
big steel again next fall in the
midst of the presidential election
campaign, and high administra-
tion sources have conceded they
are worried about the political ef-
fects of a steel strike.
The Steelworkers announced
earlier here that a proposed no-
strike plan with the steel indus-
try is dead, at least for the 1968
negotiations. The plan had envi-
sioned an agreement not to strike
in exchange for a minimum start-
ing wage offer and other conces-
sions from the industry before
bargaining began.

Patient Steadily Improves
Following Heart Transplant,

Meany Spurns LBJ Request
For Wage Demand Restraint

Capital, DemA.and Sur
BEIRUT, Lebanon ()-Royalist Abdel Rahman Baydani. He said
forces in Yemen have cut off the he had no reports of fighting
capital, San'a, brought it under around San'a and that Irlani had
bombardment and given the be- planned to go to Cairo for talks
sieged Republican regime 40 hours on the forthcoming Arab summit
to surrender, a Royalist spokesman conference. He added that he did
said yesterday. not know if Iriani had left.

Hashem ben Hashem, Royalist
social affairs minister, said in Bei-
rut that Abdel Rahman Iriani,
head of the three man Republican
presidential council, had, fled to
The reports were denied by the
Republican ambassador in Beirut,

The Royalist forces have been
waging a guerilla war in Yemen
since 1952 when the march, Imam
Mohammed al Badr, was over-
thrown by Egyption-supported Re-
publican troops. Badr, who led the
Royalist guerrilla movement from
the hills of Yemen, was supported

with arms and supplies from Sau-
di Arabia.
A bloodless coup in early No-
vember by the Republican army
was expected to clear the way for
an end to the civil war, but Re-
publican delays since have made
the Royalists impatient.
Further, with the withdrawal
of Egyptian troops-once believed
to be 70,000 strong-the Royalists
feel they will be able to quickly
overwhelm the shaky Republican
The Soviet news agency Tass,
citing reports from San'a said
"heavy fighting" raged around the
capital and the Royalist forces
were meeting stiff resistance from
the Republican defenders.
'A Royalist spokesman said a
message from Mohammed ben
Hussein, Royalist commander on
the San'a front, reported 300 Re-
public soldiers had been killed in
fighting around the capital.
After Egypt's defeat in the June
war with Israel, President Gamal
Abdel Nasser felt he could not con-
tinue to keep large forces tied
down in Yemen. He reached an
agreement with King Faisal of
Saudi Arabia. Egypt would with-
draw its troops and Saudi Arabia
would cut off arms to the Royal-

CAPE TOWN, South Africa (P)
-Louis Washansky, "wise-crack-
ing and chirpy," may leave his
bed within two weeks if he con-
tinues to recover steadily from the
first recorded human heart trans-
plant, a doctor said.
The 55-year-old grocer was re-
moved from an oxygen tent and
wheeled out of his sterilized room
in Groote Schuur Hospital yester-
day for the first time since the
heart of traffic victim Denise Ann
Darvall, 25, was implanted in his
chest Sunday.
Washansky is doing so well he
was allowed a visit yesterday from
his wife, whom he had not seen
since before the operation.
Dr. Christian Barnard, head of
the surgical team that replaced
Washansky's failing heart, told
newsmen the patient has been
chatting in good humor with hos-
pital attendants.
The patient is in awee klong
period when what doctors call
"immunological rejection" may
occur. He has received cobalt
radiation treatments to suppress
his body's natural tendency to re-
ject the foreign heart.
The South African surgeons
may perform a second similar op-
eration within six weeks. They
have a patient - a middle-aged
man who has been suffering from
severe heart disease for the last
six months - waiting for a new

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Other medical experts are at
work developing a "storage bank"
for human organs. Navy research-
ers in Washington report promis-
ing experiments aimed at using
baboons as living storage banks
for hearts, kidneys, and other
organs to be used for transplants
into people.

World News Roundup

approved Thursday 56 to 22 a $2.7
- billion foreign aid appropriation
for the current fiscal year, more
than $500 million above the figure
set by the House.
The differences will have to be
worked out in what is expected to
be a hard fought conference.
Senate approval of the $2.7 bil-
lion figure represents a victory of
sorts for the administration, which
saw its original request for $3.2
billion slashed by a third to the
$2.2 billion level voted by the
* * S
conferees agreed last night on
an omnibus Social Security bill
containing the biggest cash in-
creases in benefits and payroll
taxes in the history of the system.
The basic benefits will be raised
at least 13 per cent for all of the
24 million Americans now on the
rolls, with a 25 per pent hike up
to a $55 minimum for those at the
bottom of the scale. The minimum
now is $44.
These increases will be reflected
in February checks distributed
March 3 next year.
PITTSBURGH-Two more big
steel makers, National and Jones
& Laughlin, increased steel prices
yesterday, making the price hikes
unanimous among the nation's six
biggest producers.
Fourth ranked National and
fifth rated J&L were the last of
the top six to join in a series of
increases that began last week.
A number of smaller producers
also boosted prices yesterday.
If the entire industry goes up
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on. all the items hiked the past
few days, the increases this year
will cover about 84 per cent of
* * *
WASHINGTON - Defense De-
partment drive to cut down on any
sepnding not related to the Viet-
nam war has resulted may curtail
operations of the National Guard
and the Navy.
Many Navy vessels of the Atlan-
tic fleet will be in port through
Jan. 1. Although this is ostensibly
for the holiday season, it will re-
sult in millions of dollars in saving
on fue lol. Figures are not avail-
able, but more ships than usual are
in port during this period, sources
Budget planners seek to slash
$52 million from funds proposed
for training and supporting a
150,000 man force or Army Na-

tional Guard and Reserve units
which would be the first called up
in a war emergency, Pentagon
sources said Thursday.
Army officials are reported
arguing strongly for retention of
the $52 million. Some sources pre-
dict they will be upheld by top
Pentagon authorities.
* * * .
MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay-Uru-
guay buried President Oscar D.
Gestido today with the full mili-
tary honors of a chief of state.
Gestido, a retired air force gen-
eral, sufffered a heart attack and
died in his sleep Wednesday at the
age of 66. He had served nine
months of a five year term as
president of this nation of 2.6 mil-
Vice President Jorge Pacheco
Areco, 49, a former newspaper
man, succeeds Gestido.


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