AFGHANISTAN: Deeper into the Quagmire

Civilian protests confront the Soviets with a fierce new challenge

We have won a greats victory. We have shown the Russians what the Afghan people think of them." So said a belligerent Kabul merchant, exulting over the mass anti-Soviet protests that rocked the Afghan capital last week, The unrest was reported to have spread to six provinces, from Kandahar in the south to Baghlan in the north, and the Soviets were facing the most serious challenge to their two-month-old occupation of Afghanistan, which has brought them worldwide condemnation.

The floundering Kabul government of Party Boss Babrak Karmal was ordered to clamp martial...

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