An odd peace offensive

All along the main highway north of Kabul, Soviet and Afghan air and ground artillery bombardments rained down on guerrilla positions. Earlier, Soviet helicopter gunships and fighter-bombers had pounded Charikar, the capital of Parwan province, and villages in the nearby Kheyr Khaneh Pass, sending thousands of refugees into the capital city of Kabul. Those who were able to flee across the border into Pakistan called last week's attacks the heaviest since the 1979 Soviet invasion of Afghanistan. After the attacks, Soviet helicopters dropped leaflets saying "Peace is on...

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