South Africa: Widening War?

Pretoria flexes its muscle

South Africa has made no secret of its intention to step up military operations against the guerrillas of the South West Africa People's Organization (SWAPO) and their bases in southern Angola. Last week the South African military command made good on the threat, pushing air-supported ground troops some 60 miles deep into Angola, clashing with Angolan troops, and bringing the 14-year-old bush war to a new and ominous stage. The purpose of South Africa's latest incursion: to strike at SWAPO sanctuaries and supply bases in Angola, with the possible side effect of strengthening Pretoria's position in negotiations...

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