INTRODUCTION: Fighting continues in Afghanistan between rebel guerrillas and Soviet troops -- now estimated to number 85,000.
GV & SV Guerrillas taking up position behind wall on road (2 shots)
LV Armoured vehicle approaches
LV Troops get off truck
CU Guerrilla with weapon
LVs Armoured vehicle approaches as helicopter hovers overhead (3 shots)
GV PAN Damaged buildings
TV & PAN Guerrillas standing by damaged buildings
GVs PAN Guerrillas standing in front of bomb-damaged village (2 shots)
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Background: INTRODUCTION: Fighting continues in Afghanistan between rebel guerrillas and Soviet troops -- now estimated to number 85,000. The Soviets control the air and have increase their helicopter gunship force from run affairs against armoured convoys on the main roads. Even so, the rebels are reported to be better organised and better armed than before. They control the valleys and the Soviets have made no attempt to adapt to guerrilla warfare. Morale is reported high in the mujahideen forces as this rare film shot by the rebels shows...
SYNOPSIS: The guerrillas take up positions like this on the strategic roads which link the capital Kabul to the attack a Soviet convoy of two personnel carriers and two trucks was transformed into four smouldering vehicles by the rebels. They now concentrate on selective sabotage, ambushes like this, and assassinations of important government and army officials. But despite their now sophisticated weapons and tactics the rebels have no answer to the Soviet air power embodied in the helicopter gunships.
Alerted by radio the gunships can be on the scene in minutes. The force has been increased recently from 60 to 240 gunships.
The mass migration of about 100,000 Afghans month has tended to hamper the guerrillas and reduce their support. In the many rural area under their control the insurgents refuse to let the local inhabitants join the exodus to Pakistan. Meanwhile, the fighting continues with no immediate end in sight as neither side can achieve a clear cut victory.