AFGHANISTAN: Glimpses of a Holy War

As the Soviets launch a spring offensive, the guerrillas hang tough

Ever since Soviet tanks first rumbled across the border in December 1979, Afghanistan has been an isolated land of mystery and misery. Some 3.3 million Afghans—20% of the population—are in exile, most of them in Pakistan. But little is known of the conditions they left behind. This spring Joseph Albright, chief foreign correspondent for Cox Newspapers, and Marcia Kunstel, a freelance reporter, spent six weeks between them in separate travels through the strife-ridden nation. Their joint report for TIME:

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