Afghanistan

A Noose for Najibullah?

Moscow's short, hot summer is threatening to bring an early autumn chill to Kabul. Facing economic and political collapse at home, the Kremlin is reviewing its largesse abroad. Boris Yeltsin openly opposes continuing aid to Afghan President Najibullah, and Mikhail Gorbachev, who discovered several proponents of continued support among those who plotted to overthrow him, is likely soon to pull the plug.

Although Soviet cargo planes are still flying in, the Russian wheat they are carrying is actually supplied by the Indian government (purchased by New Delhi under a barter arrangement). Despite those shipments, Kabul is suffering from a major wheat...

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