Diplomacy Flying into a Tight Corner

Will a promise to Pakistan put U.S. planes in too much danger?

Only three months ago, the Pakistani border town of Teri Mangal bustled with a busy bazaar and a steady flow of Afghan mujahedin rebels on their way to or from the fighting in Afghanistan. Today Teri Mangal is deserted. On March 23, Soviet-built Afghan MiGs roared across the frontier, demolishing many of the shops that sold arms to the guerrillas and leveling the simple clapboard flophouses where they bedded down for the night. The raid claimed more than 80 lives.

The Teri Mangal bombing was the first widely reported result of a Soviet and Afghan air offensive that began late last...

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