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June 04, 1987

Afghan leader Najib said he plans to extend his moratorium on military operations against Muslim rebels when a six-month unilateral truce period ends next month. However, Najib acknowledged in an interview with the Soviet newspaper Moscow News that his plan has not ended the fighting, saying the Kabul regime "did not harbor illusions that the undeclared war would end at once." The so-called truce began Jan. 15, but reports have indicated that the war between the Soviet-backed government and the rebels has continued unabated despite Kabul's denial that it has mounted offensive operations.

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