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Afghanistan / USSR Withdrawal #320098

CBS Evening News for Monday, Feb 08, 1988
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(Studio: Dan Rather) USSR general secretary Mikhail Gorbachev reported announcing tentative time for USSR 's withdrawal from Afghanistan, provided Afghanistan and Pakistan reach approved peace agreement at UN-sponsored talks. Reagan admin. officials reported being encouraged by announcement. Report introduced.

(DC: Wyatt Andrews) USSR proposal noted specific. [State Department spokesperson Charles REDMAN - praises Gorbachev's willingness to address question.] USSR TV news reported bdcsting. announcement with few details. Afghan President Sayid Mohammad Najibullah quoted regarding formulation of coalition government; scenes shown. [President REAGAN - says wants to know what conds. are.] Pakistan and US noted pressuring USSR to withdraw faster than proposed. [Pakistan ambassador Jamisheed MARKER - says proposal positive.] Impact of proposal upon US, Pakistan and Najibullah discussed.

(Studio: Dan Rather) Report introduced.

(Afghanistan, Pakistan Border: Bert Quint) Afghan rebels reported resisting coalition government with communists; details given, scenes shown. [Rebel leader Gulbuddin HECKMATYAR - says doesn't want pressures from abroad.] Rebels reported demanding Islamic government Rebel code of honor detailed. Factions within rebel forces discussed. Heckmatyar mentioned being feared and hated from within. Heckmatyar's views compared to Ayatollah Ruholla Khomeini's. [HECKMATYAR - comments on situation.] Rebels noted wanting to force USSR out of Afghanistan with no coalition government

Andrews, Wyatt;
Quint, Bert;
Rather, Dan

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