Afghan guerrillas appeared to be in control of an area just 40 kilometres west of Kabul only four weeks ago.
GV PAN AND SV Mujahideen hospital at Jalriz in Wardak province, with injured being treated and standing in line outside (3 shots)
GV Mujahideen meeting
GV PAN Armed Mujahideen standing by wreckage of shot-down Soviet helicopter (3 shots)
SV Mujahideen showing off arms at bazaar
GV Flag over mass grave
GV Mujahideen advancing on hillside (2 shots)
GV PAN Village of Ali Shank in Charverdar province with Soviet-built MiG-21 aircraft flying overhead (2 shots)
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Background: Afghan guerrillas appeared to be in control of an area just 40 kilometres west of Kabul only four weeks ago. Rebel film, smuggled out of Afghanistan, showed the Mujahideen openly parading arms in Jalriz close to the capital, Kabul.
SYNOPSIS: The Mujahideen appeared so sure of their hold on Jalriz that they could run a busy hospital near the village. But the line of casualties waiting for treatment suggested the guerrillas had paid heavily for their success so close to the Soviet-controlled capital. This film was taken during the first lull in the fighting since the Soviet Union's intervention last December. The guerrillas' breathing space was temporary because, since then the Soviets have resumed their search-and-destroy mission.
The rebels could show the wreckage of shot-down helicopter gunships, but the aircraft continue to provide critical support in the latest Soviet offensive. Western diplomats say large numbers of gunships and ground forces have been involved in missions aimed at seeking out the Mujahideen and destroying their camps.
When this film was taken, the guerrillas were still able to display their arms at the Jalriz bazaar, but, only a week later, the renewed Soviet thrust was to take its toll. Flags now decorate a mass grave of 70 Mujahideen killed by five Soviet gunships. The offensive has forced the guerrillas back into the mountains.
Some guerrillas have gone to ground by the village of Ali Shank near Charverdar, the rugged terrain making them relatively safe from helicopter attacks. The guerrillas can wait here for winter, hoping the snow will once more slow down any Soviet advance. But the Soviet forces, backed by MiG-21 fighters, could still be seen and heard over the area.