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Afghanistan / USSR Withdrawal / Civil War / Soviet Response #120583

ABC Evening News for Wednesday, Feb 15, 1989
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(Studio: Peter Jennings ) Report introduced.

(Soviet-Afghan border: Rick Inderfurth) Pullout of last Soviet troops from Afghanistan reported; scenes shown of Commander Boris Gromov walking to border; his reaction to withdrawal quoted. Mikhail Gorbachev's statement about Afghanistan war noted.

(Studio: Peter Jennings ) Mtg. of anti-government rebels in Pakistan noted. Report introduced.

(Islamabad, Pakistan: Mike Lee) Review of current situation in Afghanistan civil war with mujahedeen controlling most of cntryside. and surrounding the major cities reported; details given of civilians' plight, scenes shown from Kabul, Afghanistan.

(Studio: Peter Jennings ) Report introduced.

(Moscow, USSR ) Reaction of USSR to final pullout from Afghanistan; scenes shown of vets. and families at monument to war in Moscow, USSR . [MOTHER - (thru translator) expresses sorrow over death of only son.] [PEOPLE - (thru translator) talk about war.] Dvt. of Soviet anti-war movement recalled; scenes shown. "Pravda" reported blaming then-pres. Leonid Brezhnev for war. [MOTHER - (thru translator) mourns son who is prisoner of war.]

Inderfurth, Rick;
Lee, Mike;
Jennings, Peter

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