The Cuban military has divided the island of 11 million people into 1,400 “defense zones” intended to be able to operate independently in case of war.

Squadrons trained in guerrilla tactics have several special Cuban-made arms including “Alejandro” rifles that fire anti-tank grenades and “Mambi” rifles designed to puncture heavy armor, as well as mines and anti-tank units.

Each zone has an anti-air heat-guided missile launcher.

Looks like “W” has Fidel a little jumpy, Meanwhile…

“The enemy will never catch us by surprise,” the official communist party daily, Granma, trumpeted Tuesday in its coverage of the wargames which proceeded as ailing President Castro welcomed Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, his only close ally in the Americas, whose government helps keep Cuba’s energy-starved economy afloat with cut-rate oil.

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