ANGOLA: Crowded Little War

Like the Spanish Civil War of the 1930s, the Angolan civil war has become an arena of major-power rivalry. The Soviet Union has shipped large quantities of arms and supplies to the former Portuguese colony—everything from armored cars to electric generators—and giant Antonov 22s fly every day to Luanda, the capital of the Soviet-backed Popular Movement for the Liberation of Angola (M.P.L.A.). Some 3,000 Cubans have been fighting on the leftist side for weeks, and U.S. intelligence now says Havana has increased its force to something close to 5,000 men. In addition, U.S. officials believe Moscow may have 400...

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