The Soviet Union has announced a partial withdrawal programme of its forces in Afghanistan.
SCU PAN Soviet troops standing in front of tank in Afghanistan.
SV PAN Soviet tank crews on tanks. (3 SHOTS)
SCU Soviet officer, Seletski, talking in Russian with reporter. (2 SHOTS)
The announcement from Moscow said that these men were preparing to leave Kabul because their presence was no longer essential. The exact number involved is not known.
General Gul Aqa, head of the Political Board of the Afghan Armed Forces, said the withdrawal showed that Western press reporters on the strength of the insurgency against the government asked foundation.
The Soviet President, Leonid Brezhnev, said that rebel groups in Afghanistan had suffered a serious defeat. And this Soviet officer, interviewed by a Russian reporter, said that his regiment's task in Kabul had been fulfilled. He claimed that they had received all the help they needed from the Afghan. But afghan rebel leaders have dismissed the move as a propaganda ploy, and President Carter has claimed that these tanks could be rushed back if needed. The leaders of the Western nations, meeting in Venice, were adamant that the withdrawal wasn't large enough to defuse the crisis.
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Background: The Soviet Union has announced a partial withdrawal programme of its forces in Afghanistan. Moscow Radio said that more than one hundred tanks and a division of troops have been withdrawn. But the leaders of seven major Western nations, meeting in Italy, have said that the Afghan crisis can be resolved only be a permanent and complete withdrawal.