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USSR -Afghanistan Conflict #535109

NBC Evening News for Wednesday, Dec 26, 1984
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(Studio) Soviet invasion of Afghanistan recalled; films shown. President Reagan's remarks about war quoted. Update on conditions in Afghanistan reported US support of Afghan fighters mentioned.
REPORTER: Garrick Utley

(Afghanistan) Details given with regard to rebels living and fighting in Afghanistan in conflict with USSR troops. Their faith in Islam and belief in "holy war" against Sovs. stated Attack on Soviet outpost near Baricot, on hwy between China (PR) and USSR , described. Films from 1981 fighting shown. [Rebel commander Ishmael GALANI - comments on attitudes at beginning of conflict and now.] Incrd. troubles faced by Mujahedeen since Soviet President Konstantin Chernenko took office noted. Refugee flight to Pakistan cited and affects on guerrillas described. Soviet gains in Herat, Kandahar, Kabul and Panshir Valley mentioned. Soviet control of cities said to include Afghans' joining Cranst. party and sending children to USSR for higher education; villages said without formal education or any services. British-trained former Afghan general noted to train rebels. [Brigadier Ramatallah SAFI - comments.] Promises of aid from United States and from other Islamic states noted; fears that it will not come soon enough cited.
REPORTER: Henry Champ

(Studio) Reagan's promise of aid to Afghani rebels recalled. Intro. of White House reporter for discussion.
REPORTER: Garrick Utley

(DC) Questions with regard to amount of United States aid to Afghani guerrillas discussed; news conference on subject said held by New Hampshire Senator Gordon Humphrey. Admin. statements re: problems in getting aid to rebels mentioned: sending aid through Pakistan, some apparently never reaches rebels and Pakistan must keep up appearances with Sovs.; also, United States relations with USSR , especially with upcoming arms control talks. Admin. outlook for results of war stated.
REPORTER: Chris Wallace

(Studio) Upcoming items.
REPORTER: Garrick Utley

Champ, Henry;
Utley, Garrick;
Wallace, Chris

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