More than two years after the Soviet intervention in Afghanistan, Moslem guerrillas of the Mujahideen continue to defy the government of President Babrak Karmal.
SV Guerrillas climbing mountain pass with donkey carrying supplies. (3 SHOTS)
GV Guerrillas descending pass with donkeys. (2 SHOTS)
GV TILT DOWN Guerrillas leading donkeys over mountain stream.
SV Guerrillas carrying their weapons.
SV & CU Guerrillas firing machine gun. (2 SHOTS)
SV Guerrillas making weapons and tools with furnace, hammer and anvil. (2 SHOTS)
SV & GV Villagers preparing food. (3 SHOTS)
SV Guerrilla making tea.
SV Guerrilla cooking rice and making dough. (2 SHOTS)
SCU Man being shaved at guerrilla camp.
SV Guerrillas at their camp. (2 SHOTS)
SV Children at village.
SV & CU Guerrillas relaxing and drinking at camp. (2 SHOTS)
GV Guerrilla standing guard by machine gun.
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Background: More than two years after the Soviet intervention in Afghanistan, Moslem guerrillas of the Mujahideen continue to defy the government of President Babrak Karmal. Film recently smuggled out of the country illustrates how freely the insurgents are able to supply their camps. These pictures, shot between September and late October 1981, show guerrillas with donkeys laden with munitions traversing the rugged mountain country of Nangarhar Province. They are bound for the Mujahideen's stronghold of Tora Bora which, like many other guerrilla camps, has remained hidden from Afghan regular troops and the estimated 85,000 of their Soviet allies. Nangarhar Province straddles the strategically important Kabul-Peshawar highway through the famous Khyber Pass. Although only about 50 kilometres from the Afghan capital the Mujahideen have frequently been able to ambush government convoys on the road - the main route to neighbouring Pakistan.