INTRODUCTION: Despite a Soviet offer to hold an international conference on Afghanistan to include neighbouring Iran and Pakistan, the fighting with the Moslem guerrillas has continued.
GV PAN Debris in village from collapsed building. (2 SHOTS)
SV PULL BACK TO GV Mujahideen guerrillas assembled and being addressed by one of their leaders. (2 SHOTS)
CU PULL BACK TO SV Mortar fragments found in village after attack.
SV & GV Mujahideen showing captured machine gun. (3 SHOTS)
GV & SV Mujahideen showing anti-tank weapon. (2 SHOTS)
GV Russian fighter flying overhead in air strikes. (3 SHOTS)
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Background: INTRODUCTION: Despite a Soviet offer to hold an international conference on Afghanistan to include neighbouring Iran and Pakistan, the fighting with the Moslem guerrillas has continued. Recent months have seen three major clashes between Soviet troops and the rebels. Security precautions have been tightened in the capital, Kabul.
SYNOPSIS: A breakdown in law and order was reported last month in the southern city of Kandahar and its surrounding villages. Although the scale of fighting in this area was said to have dropped in recent weeks, daily skirmishes had continued between the rebels and Afghan and Soviet troops.
The Moslem rebels are fighting the government of Babrak Karmal which is being supported by contingents of the Soviet Army. They have been in the country since December 1979. One of the Mujahideen, or rebel factions, is seen here being spoken to by one of the leaders. One of the problems the rebels have faced is a failure to form a united front - four attempts to unite the various forces have foundered.
The guerrillas have captured a wide range of Soviet weaponry, including machine-guns. The Soviet Union alleges that they are receiving arms from Pakistan and the West. the guerrillas have not had enough heavy weaponry to engage in pitched battles, but they have captured anti-tank weapons.
The Kandahar has been a contested region ever since the Soviet intervention, and Soviet MIG-21 fighters regularly attack guerilla strongholds there.