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    TAKHAR PROVINCE, AFGHANISTAN

    Substantial numbers of troops reinforcements have been sent into Afghanistan by the Soviet Union since the start of December.

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    1. GV Mujahideen carrying rifles walking along track with horseman in Takhar Province. (4 SHOTS) 0.22
    2. GV Mujahideen patrolling wooded area. (4 SHOTS) 0.44
    3. GVs Mujahideen with packs climbing rocky terrain. (3 SHOTS) 1.09
    4. Kabul/Ghazni Border Area: GV Helicopters flying over mountainous region. (5 SHOTS) 1.33
    5. GVs Farm with people busy haymaking. (3 SHOTS) 1.49
    6. GV Soviet convoy (motorised) with armoured vehicles, as helicopter flies overhead. (7 SHOTS) 2.34
    7. GV Mujahideen group walking off. (5 SHOTS) 3.01
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    Background: TAKHAR PROVINCE, AFGHANISTAN

    Substantial numbers of troops reinforcements have been sent into Afghanistan by the Soviet Union since the start of December. Afghan guerilla sources report that a consignment of new tanks and fresh government troops have arrived in Takhar Province and Asadabad, capital of Kunar Province, which borders Pakistan. It is not yet known just how many new troops have been sent in, but before the reinforcements arrived, the Soviet Union was believed to have more than 100,000 men in Afghanistan. Guerrilla sources say the troop build-up seems to be a clear signal from Mr. Yuri Andropov's new leadership in Moscow that there are no immediate changes planned in the Soviet support of Babrak Karmal's government in Afghanistan. According to Western analysts, direct Soviet military aid has already cost more than one billion pounds sterling. Earlier this week (December 16) the Soviet leadership said in Pravda, the Communist Party daily newspaper, that they would withdraw their troops in Afghanistan if what they called "foreign interference" was ended. The Pravda article went on to put the blame for the continued fighting in the capital, Kabul and the rest of Afghanistan firmly on the shoulders of Pakistan and the West. Recently Soviet planes heavily bombed guerilla units close to the border with Pakistan. Kunar province is a popular infiltration route for Mujahideen guerrillas heading to Kabul from hideouts near Pakistan. In Kabul, the Mujahideen are reported to have launched a winter offensive with several bombings and other acts of sabotage but no casualty figures are yet available. Diplomatic sources said one of the city's main hospitals at Kabul University, already full of casualties, was unable to admit more victims from the fighting. They added that many Afghan military officers had been kidnapped recently and the Soviet forces in and around the second city of Kandahar were concentrated on the city's heavily defended airfield.

    Source: REUTERS AFGHANISTAN

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    Film ID:
    VLVA2VBEL6O5IQ518CL0Q4NJM9323
    Media URN:
    VLVA2VBEL6O5IQ518CL0Q4NJM9323
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    20/12/1982
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:03:02:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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