Rebel tribesman in Afghanistan are continuing their resistance against the Soviet troops occupying the country.
GV Armed Afghan rebels walking up slope
CU Camel PAN ACROSS TO party of rebels
MCU Tribesmen watching donkeys and camels passing by (2 shots)
SV & CU Armed Afghans seated on ground (2 shots)
Rebel speaking in English alongside of Commander of Narai group, Sadu Kochi, holding Soviet Kalashnikov rifle
MV ZOOM INTO CU Tribesmen looking on as Sadu Kochi demonstrates captured Soviet anti-tank weapon (2 shots)
MV Children holding weapons
CU Afghan with rifle and ammunition (2 shots)
MCU Sadu Kochi speaking
MV Tribesmen firing rifles
CU & MV Tribesmen squatting behind captured Soviet automatic cannons (2 shots)
GV FROM Mountain top ZOOM INTO Barri fort, held by Afghan regulars and Soviet troops
MV Tribesmen seated on ground
MV & GV Afghans kneel to pray (2 shots)
REBEL: "This was taken from Russian soldier troops. And the Kalashnik in Russian, from Russia, you know. This is made in Russia, not America, Egypt, in Pakistan. The Mujahuddin have taken this from Russian troops, from Communist. And we use against for second time Russians and get more weapons from them. This is our appeal to the whole world. You know, to the peace-loving people, you know. To think about it, this matter."
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Background: Rebel tribesman in Afghanistan are continuing their resistance against the Soviet troops occupying the country. Short of weapons, and scattered thinly throughout the wilder regions of Afghanistan, the rebels have continually harassed their enemy -- but they've had little serious effect.
SYNOPSIS: In Paktia province bordering Pakistan, rebels have been putting up stout opposition. During the 18-month civil war in Afghanistan, Paktia was the scene of the heavie??? fighting against the government. For a time, the rebels forced government troops to withdraw into two garrison towns.
As the Paktia rebels threatened to push north towards Kabul, the government struck back with tanks, helicopter gunships and heavy bombing. The area was devastated -- but now the rebels are striking back with their captured Soviet weapons.
The guerrillas maintain they could liberate their province from the Russians with enough sophisticated weapons -- but they deny allegation that they've been supplied with arms from the United States and China. They say most of their Kalashnikov automatic rifles came from a recent battle in which two hundred and fifty Soviet troops were killed.
Their leaders also deny government claims that five hundred Chinese have been fighting alongside them in the mountains. They say they've received no money, ammunition or weapons from the Chinese, let alone armed forces. Aside from a shortage of arms, the biggest problem facing the rebels is a lack of cooperation between them.
There's no overall command of the guerrilla groups, and they have no common strategy. From time to time, the groups call a meeting to decide on targets such as Soviet patrols or government-held forts. Barri Fort in Paktia province is occupied both by government and Soviet forces.
The fighting methods of the rebels mean they are unlikely to present more than a nuisance in areas of the country that are strategically unimportant. Paktia guerrillas are devout Moslems -- and it is their religion, as much as anything else, that drives them to continue their resistance to the occupation forces.