• Short Summary

    A SHOW OF STRENGTH IN THE STREETS OF CASABLANCA MARKED THE ELEVENTH ANNIVERSARY YESTERDAY (THURSDAY) OF MOROCCO'S INDEPENDENCE.

  • Description

    A SHOW OF STRENGTH IN THE STREETS OF CASABLANCA MARKED THE ELEVENTH ANNIVERSARY YESTERDAY (THURSDAY) OF MOROCCO'S INDEPENDENCE. THE COUNTRY'S MILITARY FORCES PARADED BEFORE KING HASSAN, SHOWING SOME OF THEIR NEWEST EQUIPMENT.

    WITH THE KING ON THE REVIEWING STAND WAS THE YOUNG HEIR TO THE THRONE, PRINCE SIDI MOHAMED. THEY SAW CADETS MARCHING BY AT THE HEAD OF THE ANNIVERSARY PARADE. THEN THERE WERE SAILORS AND SOLDIERS ... AND THE WEAPONS THEY USE.

    TANKS RUMBLED THROUGH THE CAPITAL'S STREETS, AND THERE WERE GUIDED ANTI-TANK MISSILES TOO. OVERHEAD, FOUR NORTHROP F-5 FREEDOM FIGHTERS STREAKED ACROSS THE CITY. THE JETS, SUPPLIED BY THE UNITED STATES, HAD ARRIVED IN MOROCCO ONLY A FEW DAYS BEFORE THE ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATIONS.

    MOROCCO HAS ORDERED TWELVE OF THE SUPERSONIC INTERCEPTOR AND STRIKE AIRCRAFT, THE FIRST AMERICAN MILITARY JETS IT HAS EVER HAD, ALTHOUGH THE ROYAL MOROCCAN AIR FORCE ALREADY HAS TRANSPORT AIRCRAFT AND HELICOPTERS BUILT IN THE UNITED STATES.

    THE DECISION TO SELL THE NORTHROP JETS TO MOROCCO FOLLOWS THE ARRIVAL OF LARGE QUANTITIES OF MODERN SOVIET MILITARY EQUIPMENT IN NEIGHBOURING ALGERIA.

    MOROCCO FEELS THAT THE SOVIET FIGHTERS, BOMBERS AND JETS NOW DEPLOYED WITH THE ALGERIAN ARMED FORCES ON THE MOROCCAN BORDER HAVE CAUSED A SERIOUS IMBALANCE IN NORTH AFRICA.

    THE TWO NORTH AFRICAN STATES CLASHED IN 1963 OVER A BORDER DISPUTE. THE ISSUE HAS NEVER BEEN SETTLED, ALTHOUGH IT WAS REFERRED TO THE ORGANISATION OF AFRICAN UNITY FOR MEDIATION.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA4XO39SF2OWD8J5Y7MPLMXGDX6
    Media URN:
    VLVA4XO39SF2OWD8J5Y7MPLMXGDX6
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    18/11/1966
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:26:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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