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October 12, 1987
Cuban combat pilots regularly practice retaliatory strikes against Homestead Air Force Base in Florida, a Cuban air force general who defected to the United States five months ago said in an interview with the New York Times. Brig. Gen. Rafael del Pino Diaz, a former deputy air force commander, said Cuba recognizes that it is no match for the United States and that the training is strictly defensive.
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October 12, 1987
Cuban combat pilots regularly practice retaliatory strikes against Homestead Air Force Base in Florida, a Cuban air force general who defected to the United States five months ago said in an interview with the New York Times. Brig. Gen. Rafael del Pino Diaz, a former deputy air force commander, said Cuba recognizes that it is no match for the United States and that the training is strictly defensive.
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June 16, 1987 | Associated Press
The Cuban general who defected to the United States last month has told U.S. officials that 10,000 Cuban troops have been killed in Angola since 1976, according to senior Administration officials. The estimate by Brig. Gen. Rafael del Pino Diaz is the first authoritative figure the United States has received on Cuban casualties in Angola, but the officials said it was roughly the same as American calculations.
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June 16, 1987 | Associated Press
The Cuban general who defected to the United States last month has told U.S. officials that 10,000 Cuban troops have been killed in Angola since 1976, according to senior Administration officials. The estimate by Brig. Gen. Rafael del Pino Diaz is the first authoritative figure the United States has received on Cuban casualties in Angola, but the officials said it was roughly the same as American calculations.
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May 29, 1987 | DON SHANNON, Times Staff Writer
A Cuban general who holds a top position in that nation's military command defected with his family to the United States on Thursday, flying a small plane to the Boca Chica Naval Air Station in Florida. A U.S. intelligence official described the defector, Brig. Gen. Rafael del Pino Diaz, as a "very big fish." He is believed to be the highest ranking military officer ever to flee the Havana regime of Fidel Castro. Information about the defection was sketchy, and U.S.
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May 30, 1987 | DON SHANNON, Times Staff Writer
The Cuban government, in a bitter broadside Friday, denounced a defecting Cuban air force general for "repugnant treachery" as U.S. intelligence agents began debriefing the celebrated war hero at an unknown location. U.S. intelligence sources said that Brig. Gen. Rafael del Pino Diaz's greatest value will be his knowledge of Havana's long-term military intentions, as well as his information on supply problems believed to be plaguing the Cuban military.
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June 3, 1987 | Associated Press
The Cuban government is demanding the return of the 15-year-son of the general who defected last week by flying his family to Key West in a small plane. Cuban officials said the boy was kidnaped. Cuban Foreign Ministry official Luis Garcia Veraz has given an extradition demand for young Rafael del Pino Lopez to the acting chief of the U.S. Interests Section in Havana, said a Havana radio broadcast monitored here. Cuban Brig. Gen.
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December 7, 1989 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Disclosing for the first time the human cost of its military involvement in Angola, the Cuban government announced that 2,016 Cubans have died in the African country since its forces were sent there 14 years ago. A spokesman for the Cuban diplomatic mission in Washington, D.C., gave that figure in announcing that the remains of all Cubans who died carrying out international missions in Angola and elsewhere have been returned to Cuba in recent days. In 1987, Brig. Gen.
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August 10, 1987 | Associated Press
A high-ranking Cuban intelligence agent with secret information on the activities of Cuban operatives around the world has defected to the United States, according to officials from Radio Marti. The officials, insisting on anonymity, said Florentino Azpillaga, 40, is prepared to identify for U.S. officials the names of 350 Cuban agents in a number of countries. This would render them useless as intelligence agents.
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May 29, 1987 | Associated Press
The Reagan Administration is exultant over the defection of a Cuban brigadier general--described as the country's No. 2 defense official--but Fidel Castro's government today denounced his "strange and treacherous conduct" and said he had been suffering from stress. Cuba also disputed the U.S. characterization of the defection as a major intelligence coup and said the general had been reassigned to organize an Air Force museum and carry out other historical duties. Brig. Gen.
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May 30, 1987 | DON SHANNON, Times Staff Writer
The Cuban government, in a bitter broadside Friday, denounced a defecting Cuban air force general for "repugnant treachery" as U.S. intelligence agents began debriefing the celebrated war hero at an unknown location. U.S. intelligence sources said that Brig. Gen. Rafael del Pino Diaz's greatest value will be his knowledge of Havana's long-term military intentions, as well as his information on supply problems believed to be plaguing the Cuban military.
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May 29, 1987 | DON SHANNON, Times Staff Writer
A Cuban general who holds a top position in that nation's military command defected with his family to the United States on Thursday, flying a small plane to the Boca Chica Naval Air Station in Florida. A U.S. intelligence official described the defector, Brig. Gen. Rafael del Pino Diaz, as a "very big fish." He is believed to be the highest ranking military officer ever to flee the Havana regime of Fidel Castro. Information about the defection was sketchy, and U.S.
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