Cuba: Phantom Raiders

The Cuban exiles are quick to cheer any small foray in their lopsided fight against Fidel Castro. But last week there was one blazing action in the waters off Cuba for which no one wanted to claim responsibility. It involved the 1,600-ton Spanish freighter Sierra Aranzazu, some 40 miles northwest of Great Tnagua Island in the Bahamas, bound for Havana with a cargo of garlic, cognac, chicken coops and plows.

As the Sierra Aranzazu approached Cuba in the late evening hours, two small, fast boats swooped down on the vessel and raked it with repeated machine-gun bursts at a range...

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