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    fomenting of civil war in Indonesia in 1958. From the Wikipedia entry in the subject.

    CIA and Filipino counterinsurgents had, by early 1958, set up special operations training bases, apparently with United States Army Special Forces trainers, and made clandestine air bases on Palawan and Mindanao available to Indonesian rebels.

    On Feb. 9, 1958, rebel Colonel Maluddin Simbolon issued an ultimatum in the name of a provincial government, the Central Sumatran Revolutionary Council, calling for the formation of a new central government. Sukarno refused and called upon his loyal army commander, General Abdul Haris Nasution, to destroy the rebel forces. By Feb. 21 loyal forces had been airlifted to Sumatra and had begun the attack. The rebel headquarters was in the southern coastal city of Padang. Rebel strongholds stretched all the way to Medan, near the northern end of the island and not far from Malaysia.

    CIA supported the Indonesian rebellion from the main Far East base in Naha, Okinawa, under Ted Shannon. Another support facility was on Taiwan, where B-26 bombers were prepared to ferry them to the Philippine bases that would support the Indonesian rebels. CIA, drawing on US Marine and Army stocks, provided 42,000 rifles.

    Armed Indonesians returned to Sumatra by airdrop from the Philippines, and by landings from US submarines. In May 1958 an B-26 operated by CIA proprietary Civil Air Transport was shot down [over Ambon] during a bombing and strafing mission and the resulting publicity ended the attempt.

    The American pilot was captured and later freed through a personal intervention by Attorney General Robert Kennedy.

    Courage is contagious. - Daniel Ellsberg

    by semiot on Mon Apr 30, 2012 at 03:10:56 AM PDT

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