Afghanistan: Road to Ruin

Road to Ruin

As an overland link between the Soviet Union and Afghanistan, the Salang Highway is the primary resupply artery for the 115,000 Soviet troops battling mujahedin resistance fighters in Afghanistan. Three and a half years ago, hundreds of Soviet soldiers were said to have perished inside the highway's 1.7-mile-long tunnel through the Hindu Kush mountains, following a collision of vehicles in a military convoy. Last week Western diplomatic sources reported that the same area was the scene of a bloody new calamity for Soviet and Afghanistan government forces.

It took place at Ollang, a hamlet three miles south of the tunnel and...

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