World: Some Soviet Muscle in Cuba

Touching off a furor likely to grow, the U.S. State Department reported last week that the Soviet Union has 2,000 to 3,000 combat troops in Cuba, augmenting the estimated 2,000 Soviet military and technical advisers that have been there practically since Castro took power. While the State Department said that the combat units, comprising armored, artillery and infantry elements, obviously did not pose any direct threat to the U.S., it had "expressed concern" about their presence through diplomatic channels in Washington and Moscow.

That was not nearly enough for several Senators who promptly demanded urgent action by the White House, particularly since,...

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