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The failure of the Bay of Pigs

When John F. Kennedy spurred Cuban refugees to the invasion of Pig Bay just over 40 years ago, the CIA believed that the "liberators" would be met by jubilant Cubans. That's not how it went, he says Arnljot Løseth, associate professor of history at Volda University College.

Early morning on the 17. April 1961 launched Cuban refugees, with support from the US intelligence organization CIA, an invasion of Pig Bay in the southwestern part of Cuba. Two days before, Cuban airports had been bombed to put the Cuban air force out of play and to clear the terrain of the invasion forces. But the Cuban Air Force was not eliminated, and the invasion forces never came further than the swamps in the Bay of Pigs.

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