AFGHANISTAN: Moscow's Military Deadlock

After eight months, the Kremlin faces a no-win dilemma

Celebrating the end of the month-long Ramadan fast, President Babrak Karmal appeared at Kabul's Salam Khana Palace mosque last week and delivered some words of warning to his fellow Afghans. "Brothers and sisters, foreign powers want to exploit your Islamic sentiments," he declared. "They send their agents, mercenaries and other bought servants to kill your men, women and children; to blow up your schools, mosques and hospitals, and to burn your wheat stocks, houses, shops and commodities."

Karmal's speech was the most forthright public...

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