Afghanistan: A Troubled Truce Begins

A Troubled Truce Begins

The Afghan capital of Kabul was strangely quiet last week. After seven years of a Moscow-backed civil war with Muslim guerrillas, the government began a six-month cease-fire, called by Afghan Communist Party Leader Najibullah. Fifty foreign correspondents were taken on carefully planned tours of Kabul the day Najibullah appeared on television to plead with rebels to join the cease-fire.

Opposition forces, though, were unimpressed. The mujahedin guerrillas launched fresh attacks in eastern Afghanistan. In Washington, the Reagan Administration dispatched an envoy to Pakistan to discuss a Western response to the peace plan.


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