CUBA: Sentry Duty

Loaded with combat gear, a platoon of U.S. marines rode trucks out of the U.S. naval base at Cuba's Guantánamo Bay one day last week. Objective: the base's freshwater supply, a pumping station seven miles inland on the Yateras River.

It was the first time since post-Spanish-American War days that U.S. troops had been ordered into Cuban territory, but the Navy thought it had no choice. Early in June, raiders from the rebel army of Fidel Castro burned the barracks of Cuban guards at the pumping station, jeopardized the water without which most...

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