Presidency Jimmy Carter's special envoy, Clark Clifford, says the United States has made clear to the Soviet Union that there will be war if Soviet troops move into the Gulf from Afghanistan.
SCU Afghan President Babrak Karmal speaking
GV ZOOM Skyline of Kabul ZOOM Balahisa Fort, Soviet Headquarters
GV Street scenes in Kabul
SV Soviet soldier combining into truck (2 shots)
TRACK Soviet troops surrounded armoured vehicle
CU Letter informing newsmen of restrictions
GV Newsmen climbing into bus (2 shots)
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Background: Presidency Jimmy Carter's special envoy, Clark Clifford, says the United States has made clear to the Soviet Union that there will be war if Soviet troops move into the Gulf from Afghanistan. After talks with the Indian Prime Minister Mrs Indira Gandhi, in New Delhi, Mr Clifford said on Thursday (31 January) that Soviets must know that if their plan is to move to the Gulf that means war. In Afghanistan, meanwhile the country's President, Babrak Karmal has said unearthed evidence of a plot by his executed predecessor, Hafizullah Amin, and the United States to invade neighbouring Iran.
SYNOPSIS: The President told a reporter from Soviet Television on Monday (28 January) that all Afghans welcomed the Soviet presence. He said Soviet troops had been invited to protect Afghanistan from attacks by outside powers.
Reporters in Kabul, say the capital is generally calm and quiet. The Soviet headquarters is the Balahisa Fort. Exactly a century ago, this fort was the headquarters of a British mission -- local Afghans slaughtered them all.
Statements from some Afghan officials are said to have confused foreign correspondents in the country. A reporter from the British Broadcasting Corporation says he was told there were no Soviet troops in Afghanistan -- only Soviet advisors
Scenes like this should not be filmed. Most Soviet activity goes on after curfew, but sometimes the troops cannot get home in time.
Some newsmen say their cables are censored and that strict rules are laid down for filming. According to reporters in the country camera crews caught filming what the Soviet-backed regime does not approve of are told to leave the country almost immediately.