AFGHANISTAN: A Shroud of Insecurity


After 16 months, the Soviets are still mired in stalemate

Moscow indicated last week that all is not going so well for its forces in Afghanistan. In an unusually candid article, the Soviet party daily, Pravda, reported that episodes of major sabotage, roadblocks and ambushes of supply convoys had been carried out by rebel forces against Soviet and Afghan troops. Most worrisome to the Soviets was a new kind of nonmetallic mine that is not detectable by ordinary means. The rebels have been successfully planting the mines along major highways to blow up Soviet tanks and trucks....

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