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Holden Roberto’s final chance

In Luanda, Agostinho Neto was busy preparing for the celebrations of 11 November 1975, for which he had invited a few honorary guests. Outside Luanda, Holden Roberto was preparing for his final assault. He also wanted to be in Luanda by 11 November. On the evening of 8 November the attack was planned in detail. Present at this planning session were Roberto, his colonel in charge of ELNA on the Ambritz front, Colonel Mamima of the ZAIWA battalions, Colonel Santos e Castro representing the ELP, Brigadier Roos, Majors Bosch and Truter and probably also representatives of the CIA. It is not known how the relationship between the CIA and the South Africans had been at that stage, but later there were definite signs of mutual distrust.

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