Soviets, Afghans repelled in big drive, rebels say
Soviet and Afghan government troops launched and reportedly failed in a big operation to gain control of a rebel stronghold near Kabul. They took heavy casualties, Afghan resistance groups said Tuesday.Skip to next paragraph
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Afghan government forces have attempted several times in the past to gain control of the Panjsher Valley, which Western military experts regard as the best-organized rebel base in Afghanistan.
Reports from New Delhi said that the Soviet and Afghan forces failed in the operation after encountering heavy resistance.