Afghanistan a Growing Border Threat

Afghanistan a Growing Border Threat

"It is a huge Soviet force. This is turning into the biggest offensive of the war," said Sayed Majrooh, head of the independent Afghan Information Center in Peshawar, Pakistan, last week. According to Majrooh, Soviet troops, backed by jet fighters and helicopter gunships, have been seizing strategic mountain passes along Afghanistan's rugged border with Pakistan. The objective is to cut once and for all the flow of arms and supplies from Pakistan to Afghan resistance fighters.

Western diplomats say that as of early last week, about 53 Soviet soldiers had been killed in the campaign. The rebels have suffered significant casualties....

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