Cuba 'ready for attack'

HAVANA - Nearly 50 years after a botched US-directed invasion of Cuba the communist nation said on Saturday it would hold a military exercise next week to boost preparedness against future US attack.

HAVANA - Nearly 50 years after a botched US-directed invasion of Cuba the communist nation said on Saturday it would hold a military exercise next week to boost preparedness against future US attack.

"It is a necessity of the first order given the political-military situation that now defines relations between Cuba and the empire," Major General Leonardo Andollo warned, referring to the United States.

He told the official Granma newspaper that the "Bastion-2009" exercises would "raise the deterrent capacity to prevent a military confrontation, under the principle that there is no better way to win a war than by avoiding it".

The military exercise is Cuba's largest in five years and the first since Barack Obama's inauguration as US president in January, - Sapa-AFP

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