AFGHANISTAN: In the Capital of a Quagmire

Moscow conducts an open-ended battle against a resilient insurgency

For nearly two years a Soviet expeditionary force of 85,000 troops has propped up Afghanistan's Communist regime against a motley but tenacious resistance movement. Soviet intervention in Afghanistan has become a chronic irritant in East-West relations: Secretary of State Alexander Haig reiterated U.S. outrage in his talks with Soviet Foreign Minister Andrei Gromyko at the United Nations a month ago, and the Afghanistan issue will probably be debated in the U.N. General Assembly next month. Most Western press coverage of the conflict has come...

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