ANGOLA: A Turn in the Tide

Massive Russian aid is turning the tide in Angola's murky three-way civil war, apparently in favor of the Luanda government of the Soviet-backed M.P.L.A. Last week barrages of Cuban-fired 107-mm. and 122-mm. Soviet rockets turned away the Zaïre-based F.N.L.A. forces ten miles north of Luanda, thereby putting the M.P.L.A. capital safely out of range of Chinese 130-mm. artillery manned by white Portuguese Angolans fighting with the F.N.L.A. The M.P.L.A. also recaptured the important road junction of Caxito, northeast of Luanda, and was closing in on the coastal city of Ambriz, which...

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