NICARAGUA: Mystery Flight from Beirut

Somoza, meanwhile, was watching out for himself

While Sandinista guerrillas consolidated their positions in 25 towns throughout Nicaragua, President Anastasio "Tacho" Somoza seemed in no hurry to fulfill predictions of his imminent demise. Despite the continuing international pressure that he resign, Somoza secretly flew to Guatemala to confer briefly with other military heads of state in Central America and, presumably, to discuss the resupply of his embattled National Guard.

Meanwhile, the U.S. was still involved in complicated diplomatic maneuverings aimed to guarantee that the canny dictator, when and if he goes, will...

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