Since the Soviet presence increased in Afghanistan at the end of December, Soviet Television has been transmitting daily reports from the capital of Kabul.
SV INTERIOR Abdul Basir, alleged Western agent in Afghanistan, speaking at new conference guarded by armed afghan soldiers
CU Abdul Malek speaks at press conference
CU Abdulla Gul speaks at press conference
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Background: Since the Soviet presence increased in Afghanistan at the end of December, Soviet Television has been transmitting daily reports from the capital of Kabul. These broadcasts offer the repeated theme that life in the capital is quiet and normal. Soviet Television has presented three Afghans who claim they were recruited as subversives against the Communist regime in Afghanistan, then trained by Chinese and American agents.
SYNOPSIS: This is Abdul Basir, who says he was recruited last may by a group called 'Moslem Brothers', and taken to a training camp in pakistan. According to Basir, he spent three months mastering karate and various weapons, and his training team was given twenty sub-machineguns, thirty rifles, twenty-five thousand rounds of ammunition and two hundred hand grenades. In his story, his instructors were Pakistani, Chinese and United States officers. Then, his tale goes, the group was sent to Afghanistan to capture a regional centre and wreck a power station. He didn't say how the mission went or how he was captured.
Abdul Malek told a similar story of receiving three months training in Pakistan from American officers, and of being sent back to Afghanistan to commit what he called subversive activities in the town of Kunar.
The third man, Abdulla Gul, said he went looking for work in Pakistan, was recruited and trained at a place called Gulbahar Camp. Gul claimed his party was given American twenty-round rifles and sent to foment unrest in Urgun, where he was arrested. He professed he wanted to atone for his guilt with honest work.