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Afghanistan #309413

CBS Evening News for Friday, Apr 25, 1986
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(Studio: Dan Rather) Status of guerrilla war against USSR offensive in Afghanistan described.

(Phoenix, Arizona: Jerry Bowen) Afghan rebel leader Hajji Akhond Habibullah reported. allegedly holding body of "Arizona Republic" reporter Charles Thornton for ransom; background to USSR ambush of Thornton, photographer Peter Schlueter and their guide while covering work of International Medical Corps explained. [AKHOND - (thru translator) claims Americans promised him hospital; will release body when promise is fulfilled.] [SCHLUETER - describes attack.] [AKHOND - (thru translator) feels aid request is clear.] [Corps spokesperson Dr. Judd JENSEN, Dr. Robert SIMON - won't negotiate with Akhond; regard him as another Ayatollah Khomeini.] [Edward Richard ROBERTSON - lists factors inhibiting return of Thornton's body.]

Bowen, Jerry;
Rather, Dan

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