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CIA Reportedly Flies Texas Mules to Afghan Rebels

October 19, 1987|United Press International

LONDON — The CIA is believed to be airlifting mules from Texas to Afghan guerrillas because an epidemic in Afghanistan has created a shortage of mules, the Observer newspaper reported Sunday.

The newspaper said diplomatic sources in Pakistan say the mules are being shipped to guerrillas in the Pakistani city of Peshawar, near the border with Afghanistan.

The sources said the mules carry arms into the war-torn nation for the guerrillas' seven-year-old rebellion against the Afghan government, which is supported by Soviet troops.

The newspaper said new arms supplies, believed also bought by the CIA, include 120-millimeter long-range mortars and equipment to clear land mines.

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