Reports say Soviets strengthen hold on Kabul

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Reports from Western diplomats in Afghanistan Wednesday said Soviet armed forces, facing an increase in rebel activity around Kabul, have moved quickly to crush opposition and to protect the capital. Reports reaching here said that during the past week flights of military transport aircraft from the Soviet Union have increased to more than a dozen a day. Patrols of helicopter gunships and sorties by fighter-bombers also have been intensified.

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