INTRODUCTION: While world leaders look for an international diplomatic solution to the troubles of Afghanistan, mountain rebels continue their sorties against the government.
SV PULL BACK TO GV Mujahideen walking up hillside through trees, crossing partially snow-covered hillside. (2 SHOTS)
SV & GV Mujahideen crossing snow-covered hillside, walking through knee-deep snow. (4 SHOTS)
SV PAN DOWN Ravine, Mujahideen sitting at bottom.
SV Mujahideen sitting at bottom of ravine making bombs by tying up sticks of dynamite. (talking throughout) (2 SHOTS)
GV PAN Mujahideen walking along mountain path.
SCU Rebels' flag, Mujahideen reaching brow of hill. (2 SHOTS)
SCU Mujahideen aiming gun on tripod down from hilltop.
GV TILT DOWN Building in bottom of valley.
SCU & SV Mujahideen setting up mortar, waiting, firing mortar, valley and smoke rising, mortar being fired again (6 SHOTS)
SV Mujahideen with rifles on backs walking away along mountain path.
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Background: INTRODUCTION: While world leaders look for an international diplomatic solution to the troubles of Afghanistan, mountain rebels continue their sorties against the government. Britain's Lord Carrington on Tuesday (7 July) presented a European Common Market plan to the Soviet government in Moscow. According to reports, the European initiative received a cool response from the Kremlin's Foreign Minister, Andrei Gromyko. But the fact that talks are taking place were seen as encouraging by some observers. Meanwhile, the fighting in Afghanistan goes on.
SYNOPSIS: These are Mujahideen rebels conducting the resistance against a Soviet-backed Afghan government in the Paktia province. It is a mountainous region south of Kabul on the border with Pakistan. Over terrain like this, the troops of President Babrak Karmal have great difficulties. The Mujahideen move in small bands, using their intimate knowledge of the mountain paths to escape after hit-and-run attacks.
Thousands of miles away from the peaks and ravines of Paktia Province are the political manoeuvrings aimed at ending the strife. The Carrington plan called for a two-stage conference to secure a Soviet withdrawal from Afghanistan. Mr. Gromyko thought the proposals unrealistic. He objected to the omission of the Afghanistan government from the first part of the proposed conference. But the possibility of future talks has not been ruled out.
Lord Carrington, speaking after his meeting, emphasised the suggestion of an international conference had not been rejected outright by the Kremlin. Back in the mountains, the immediate aim of rebels is to continue their guerrilla offensive. Attacks are planned to expose men to minimum risk, keeping enough distance between the target and them to aid an escape. Any pursuit after a guerrilla attack like this is made doubly difficult because of the terrain.
The quality of weapons has increased substantially since Mujahideen opposition to the Marxist-orientated government in Kabul began in 1978. Many weapons are captured during action. Others are smuggled in across the Pakistan border.
Mission accomplished, the Mujahideen melt back into the mountains.