Paris (Jul. 21)
“Valeurs Actuelles,” a usually well-informed weekly, claimed today that CIA chief Richard Helms suggested during his recent visit to Jerusalem that Israel should be associated in some form with the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). According to the magazine, Helms said the U.S. regards Israel as “an alternative” to Cyprus should the latter fall under Soviet influence. The magazine also claimed that the Algerian regime was in direct contact with the Moroccan plotters who tried to overthrow King Hassan II ten days ago. “Valeurs Actuelies” is described as a right-of-center pro-government news magazine.
The newspaper “Le Monde” reported today that fighting has broken out again between the Iraqi Army and the Kurds. According to the paper, a large concentration of Iraqi forces attacked Kurdish strongholds in the Barzan area early this month with artillery and armor. As a result of the renewed fighting, the Kurdish lender, Mullah Mustafa el Barzani called a special council of notables to discuss the crisis and has met with three Kurdish members of the Cabinet sent by President Bakr of Iraq to try to reach an agreement, “Le Monde” said. The paper reported that Iraqi forces continue to occupy the Kurdish area of the country.