AFGHANISTAN: Moscow's Murky Morass

Political troubles, rebel resistance and a China connection

If you assume that the Soviets thought they would improve their situation by invading, then they have miscalculated." So said a State Department analyst last week, commenting on the murky troubles that Moscow may be facing in Afghanistan. Some of the estimated 90,000 Soviet troops in the country fought a fierce skirmish with defecting units of the Afghan army; others were apparently killed or wounded by rebel snipers, not only in the mountain passes but also reportedly in Kabul and other cities. There were unconfirmed rumors...

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