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Afghanistan / USSR Withdrawal Issue #318305

CBS Evening News for Monday, Jan 04, 1988
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(Studio: Dan Rather) USSR foreign minister Eduard Shevardnadze reported arriving in Afghanistan for talks with communist government leaders United States Assistant Secretary of State Michael Armacost mentioned being in Pakistan. Possibilities of USSR withdrawal from Afghanistan discussed. Report introduced.

(Studio: Dan Rather) Afghan war compared to Vietnam war. [ARMACOST - comments on USSR remaining in Afghanistan.] 1987 noted turning point in Afghanistan due to United States aiding rebels. USSR public relations effort with Afghans discussed. [Carnegie endowment spokesperson Selig HARRISON - claims USSR wants to extricate itself from Afghanistan.] USSR said to be criticized more for Afghanistan war. [USSR journalist Artiem BOROVIK - says war should end.] USSR soldiers in Afghanistan reported being disillusioned. [Underground Afghanistan clinic spokesperson Dr. Robert SIMON - comments on USSR soldiers' problems.] General secretary Mikhail Gorbachev quoted. [Soviet expert Jonathan SANDERS - says Gorbachev needs to withdraw from Afghanistan.] USSR officials quoted regarding Afghan withdrawal. [BOROVIK - says USSR wants nice neighbor.] Afghan medic's video shown of Herat, Afghanistan, after USSR bombing; details given.

(Studio: Dan Rather) Moslem guerrilla leader reported confirming USSR and Afghan allied government opened road to Khost, Afghanistan. USSR death count given.

Rather, Dan

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