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The World : Clash of Afghan Rivals Told

May 19, 1986

Clashes between supporters of Afghanistan's new Communist Party leader, Najibullah, and his predecessor, Babrak Karmal, have been reported from several parts of the country, rebel sources in New Delhi said. The most serious confrontation was said to have taken place in the southern city of Kandahar, where rival factions of the Afghan army clashed using rocket launchers. Soviet helicopters reportedly rocketed a military barracks at Shahr-e-Jadid, three miles east of the city, to quell the fighting.

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