CFM News and Notes
by Committee for a Free Mozambique
New York, New York, United States
At the height of the Arab-Israeli war in October 1973, the U.S. launched a large-scale airlift of military hardware to Israel. The huge C5-A aircraft used to transport the 8,000 tons of tanks, rockets, and ammunition could not reach the war zone without ground refueling. The aircraft arranged to use the Lajes Airbase on the Azores island of Terceira (which the U.S. Air Force leases from Portugal) as the refueling and service hub of the airlift operation. In exchange, Portugal obtained promises of significantly greater U.S. diplomatic and military support for its wars in Guinea-Bissau, Angola, and Mozambique. Contents: Portugal, the United States, and the Middle-East Crisis • Details of the U.S.-Portuguese Agreement • Subverting the Oil Embargo: Gulf Oil and Portugal • Recent U.S. Government and Corporate Support of Portuguese Colonialism
Used by permission of former members of the Committee for a Free Mozambique.
Collection: Robert E. Maurer Papers, Michigan State University Libraries Special Collections