December 26, 1978: Havana announced the unification of the three factions within the Sandinista National Liberation Front (Frente Sandinista de Liberación Nacional (FSLN). In January 1979, the Sandinistas announced that they would increase their efforts against Somoza, specifically by increasing military operations against the National Guard and seek to occupy major towns. Subsequent negotiations between Castro, America Department (DA) officers, and FSLN factional leaders resulted in the formation of the FSLN’s National Directorate.
Editor’s Note: The America Department (DA) was the name used by the intelligence wing of the Central Committee of the Cuban Communist Party from 1974 to the late 1980s or early 1990s. The DA was heavily involved in supporting revolutionaries and terrorists, but has since become more focused on political intelligence operations. This service is now called the America Area of the International Department of the Cuban Communist Party (PCC/ID/AA).