KABUL, Afghanistan — The Afghan Defense Ministry on Thursday displayed what it said were a captured American-built Stinger anti-aircraft missile and its British counterpart, the Blowpipe.
Defense Minister Mohammed Rafie said the United States and Britain have been supplying the advanced, shoulder-fired weapons to the anti-Communist guerrillas.
The Reagan Administration decided last year to provide Stingers to the rebels, and a Soviet general reported in December that a Stinger struck one of his troop helicopters. However, there have been no previous reports that Britain was also sending such weapons to the guerrillas.
The missiles, along with their launching tubes and containers, were carried into a news conference by military officers who placed them on a blood-red Afghan carpet at the Foreign Ministry.