Large forces of Soviet and Afghan troops have recently redeployed to cover Afghanistan's border with Pakistan.
1. GVs Peasant caravan, with donkeys and camels, cross into Afghanistan from Pakistan border, as Afghan soldiers look on. (3 SHOTS) 0.19
2. GVs & SVs Military officers examine captured supplies of weapons, mainly rifles (3 SHOTS) 0.42
3. CU PAN Small field gun, and views of capture 75mm mortar guns. (3 SHOTS) 0.56
4. SV PAN Captured land mines. 1.03
5. GV PAN Soldiers and civilians look at display of captured weapons, rifles, mortar, mines. (3 SHOTS) 1.34
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Background: KANDAHAR, AFGHANISTAN
Large forces of Soviet and Afghan troops have recently redeployed to cover Afghanistan's border with Pakistan. Over 15,000 soldiers have been moved to Kandahar, only 120 kilometres (80 miles) from Pakistan. Their aim is to patrol the tracks through Kandahar and Pakitia provinces which are used by Moslem rebel forces to infiltrate arms from Pakistan. The Soviet Union has complained that the Pakistan government does not do enough to police the area which is largely rugged and mountainous terrain. Soviet-backed Afghan troops have captured large supplies of weapons from rebels in the Panshir area. Most of the arms are United States-made, but some are Israeli. The weapons include small field guns, mortars for use against convoys and for use against concrete structures, various land mines made in Italy and scores of rifles. The price of rifles has increased three to four times in the last year so the numbers found are an indication of the rebel forces' strength.