10,000 Cuban troops in Afghanistan, rebels say
Islamabad, Pakistan — Afghan rebels said Thursday 10,000 Cuban troops and advisors have been flown to Afghanistan to reinforce Soviet troops and the Afghan Regular Army. A spokesman for the Islamic Front guerrilla group said Bulgarian, Czech, and romanian troops also have been sent to the embattled Asian nation. The statement followed earlier reports that elite Soviet commandos have been sent to Afghanistan to establish bases and tactics before the onset of winter. Sources also said an Aug. 29-31 airlift brought Soviet troops trained in guerrilla warfare to Kabul and returned home with soldiers previously stationed in Afghanistan.