Soviet forces in Afghanistan are reported to have begun new attacks to control regions bordering with the Soviet Union.
SV Pan and GV Afghan guerrilla leader addressing his men as they cheer him and chant (2 shots)
SV & GV Leader talking to rebel troops who cheer him again and chant battle slogans (2 shots)
SVs Afghan guerrilla fighter standing on top of wreckage of Soviet helicopter and another rebel stands at side of wreckage (2 shots)
SV PAN & GV helicopter rotor on ground and rebels sift through wreckage (2 shots)
GV Afghan rebel troops run up hill while training
GVs Guerrillas running across field and jumping into trenches (3 shots)
GVs Guerrillas in trenches shooting rifles towards mountain (3 shots)
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Background: Soviet forces in Afghanistan are reported to have begun new attacks to control regions bordering with the Soviet Union. Western diplomatic sources say Soviet troops have recently clashed with anti-government rebels in least 12 of the country's 28 provinces. In response, the Mujahadeen guerrilla fighters have mounted ambushes which have killed a number of soldiers.
SYNOPSIS: Recent film taken by a Mujahadeen cameraman shows rebel fighters in the mountains of Wardak province, west of kabul. The guerrillas operate in relatively small groups of fierce, lightly-armed men with a long experience of fighting. A number of battles have been reported between the Soviet forces and the rebels who've been attacking convoys and Soviet and Afghan military installations.
This is the wreckage of a Soviet helicopter gun-ship shot down by the rebels. Reports say that Soviet aircraft bombed villages near Kabul at the end of last month. This followed the death of 40 Afghan soldiers in a guerrilla attack on a military convoy in Parwan province. Last week (1 December), Soviet troops were said to have swarmed through Kabul checking identity cards and searching houses. The reports say they were looking for army deserters a major source of arms for the rebel groups in Afghanistan.
The Mujahadeen have stepped up their training in the strategic mountain area as the Soviet attacks continue. They are facing Soviet strength estimated at 88,000 troops. But the guerrillas are fighting back with high morale and an unrivalled knowledge of the terrain.