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Afghanistan #82330

ABC Evening News for Monday, Dec 26, 1983
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(Studio) Afghan guerrillas reported using underground bdcsts. to berate USSR occupation forces and puppet government as 4th anniversary of Soviet invasion approaches.
REPORTER: Max Robinson

(NYC) Status of guerrilla war in Afghanistan against USSR troops at present examined in detail; films shown. Related statistics outlined. [S.E. Asia expert Selig HARRISON - believes USSR miscalculated; explains.] Desertion from both Afghan army and USSR forces discussed. [Soviet army deserter Nikolai RYZHKOV - (thru translator) explains his actions.] [Major Joseph COLLINS - describes Soviet army morale problems, Soviet scorched earth strategy against guerrillas.] Guerrilla tactics considered, shown. Issue of USSR capacity for invading Iran to capture oil fields on Persian Gulf discussed. [HARRISON - notes lack of Soviet buildup in region for other than defense against Afghan guerrillas.] [COLLINS - cites need for pacification of Afghanistan before USSR can benefit.] Differences between USSR experience in Afghanistan and US experience in Vietnam outlined.
REPORTER: Peter Jennings

Reporter(s):
Jennings, Peter;
Robinson, Max
Duration:
00:05:50

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