In Afghanistan, the Soviet Army appears to be changing its tactices in an effort to defeat rebel guerillas.
GV Soviet camp in Khair Khana district of kabul
GV trucks in camp compound
TS various military supplies (2 shots)
GV Tents for soldiers (2 shots)
GV Jeeps and trucks (4 shots)
SV Damaged Soviet vehicles by roadside (2 shots)
GV Village near Arab Darak and Mujahideen with weapons (2 shots)
GV Coach damaged by bombing raids
SV Mujahideen soldiers with banner
GV PAN Hills surrounding village
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Background: In Afghanistan, the Soviet Army appears to be changing its tactices in an effort to defeat rebel guerillas. Soviet soldiers are no longer just retaliating for insurgent attacks, butt have been mounting major, surprise assaults aimed at destroying anti-government forces.
SYNOPSIS: This is a Soviet Army camp in the Khair Khana district outside the capital, Kabul. Such bases are the springboard for operations guerrillas said to be gathered in nearby hills. Both the Soviets and rebels report an increases of military activity in the area. Western diplomats, quoted by Reuters, have said Soviet helicopters and artillery have been used recently in 'search and destroy' operations. Kabul Radio says that military exercise are being held, but the diplomats maintain these are actually part of a well-co-ordinated offensive. For their part, the rebels say the Soviets are making a major effort to establish control of strategic areas before winter arrives. The results of the fighting are seen as the Soviets try to police the country's main roads.
The news from the villages is hardly encouraging for the rebels. Though defiant, they're said to be desperately short of food. The President of the Paris-based 'Friends of Afghanistan' says that the Soviet Airforce has been bombing agriculture farmland and press-ganging men into Afghanistan's army in an effort to break resistance. Jean-Jose Puig, who has just returned from two months with the rebels, believes the Soviet objective is to gain effective control of all Afghan provinces bordering on the Soviet Union. However, mr. Puig claimed that at least four of Afghanistan's northern provinces are still in the hands of the guerrillas.