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The Soviet-Israeli War, 1967-1973The USSR's Military Intervention  in the Egyptian-Israeli Conflict$
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Isabella Ginor and Gideon Remez

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780190693480

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2019

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190693480.001.0001

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Operation Kavkaz is Formally Organized

Operation Kavkaz is Formally Organized

(p.151) 12 Operation Kavkaz is Formally Organized
The Soviet-Israeli War, 1967-1973

Isabella Ginor

Gideon Remez

Oxford University Press

As in other instances of Soviet deployment, the formal framework for “Operation Kavkaz” – the 18th Air Defense Division with headquarters in Moscow, reporting directly to the Chief of General Staff – was officially created only after the formations themselves were assembled and partly dispatched. This helped to conceal the intervention from US intelligence until it was detected on the ground following the sealift and stationing of Soviet-manned SAM-3 batteries. Despite his back-channel connection to Moscow, Kissinger was blindsided by the Soviet move and had to acquiesce in the Soviet presence so long as it was not acknowledged.

Keywords:   Operation Kavkaz, War of Attrition, 18th Air Defense Division, SAM-3, Henry Kissinger, Anatoly Dobrynin

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