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Soviets say Afghan rebels mustered 700 in an attack

By With Analysis From Monitor Correspondents Around The World, Edited By Clara Germani / August 13, 1981



Moscow

The Soviet news agency Tass gave a rare insight into the strength of antigovernment forces in Afghanistan, reporting that a unit of 700 guerrillas had attacked a single border post defended successfully by 43 regulars of the Afghan Army. The report alleged that guerrillas left behind machine guns made in China and the US, and British-made land mines.

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The Soviet press rarely publishes details of fighting in Afghanistan, but Western diplomats says recent reports are intended to show that Soviet troops are still needed there.