An Afghan insurgent leader, who has proclaimed a Free Islamic Republic in guerrilla-held areas of Afghanistan, has arrived in Teheran, the capital of iran, to seek military aid from Iran's revolutionary government.
GV Demonstrators congregating outside U.S.Embassy in Teheran and handing out leaflets (2 shots)
SV PAN Embassy gates and guards behind sandbags outside Embassy wall (2 shots)
GV PAN Demonstrators marching through streets, carrying large Khomeini portrait and other placards (2 shots)
GV AND SV Afghan rebel leader Zia Khan Nassry pointing at maps as newsmen look on
SV Nassry answering questions from journalists, in English
NASSRY: "At this time, I can say honestly that very little action is taking place, except some snipering here and there. Some fighting around Kouras, because the weather is a little milder, and movement is possible. But the rest of the country is frozen, and a lot of people are fighting with bare hands and bare feet and empty stomachs. But claiming that we have got this garrison, or brigade, and have knocked out fifty tanks are all far-fetched, from what I understand. If we are ready to take military action, it will take us at least three months to prepare for the war."
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Background: An Afghan insurgent leader, who has proclaimed a Free Islamic Republic in guerrilla-held areas of Afghanistan, has arrived in Teheran, the capital of iran, to seek military aid from Iran's revolutionary government. The thirty-three year old American-educated rebel, Zia Khan Nassry, told newsmen on Monday (28 January) that he needed military training facilities and food for the Iranians, and asked for meetings with President-elect Abolhassan Bani-Sadr and other senior officials and clergymen. And the Islamic Conference in Pakistan has prompted another protest from Iranian students, who claimed the conference served only United States' interests.
SYNOPSIS: The students gathered outside the United States Embassy to denounce the Islamic Conference then taking place in Pakistan. They claimed the meeting was an imperialistic conference, serving the interests of the United States.
The students' attack on fellow Moslem countries was seen as only a radical step beyond the official Iranian government stand -- that the Islamabad conference was called to respond to the Soviet intervention in Afghanistan. Projecting their viewpoint that U.S."imperialism" in Iran had set the stage so that the Soviet Union could exploit the Afghan situation militarily, the students concluded that the conference was a tool of Washington's imperialistic foreign policy." Delegates at the conference on Tuesday (29 January) passed a resolution firmly opposing any economic sanctions against Iran, or any other Moslem country...sanctions stemming from U.S. reaction to the holding of hostages at their Teheran embassy.
Self-proclaimed Afghan guerrilla Nassry told newsmen in would take at least three months to launch an organised military operation against the Soviet troops.