ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — The Kremlin probably won't meet the goal of pulling one-fourth of its soldiers out of Afghanistan this month because U.S.-backed guerrillas are overwhelming Afghan troops left behind, Western diplomats said Tuesday.
Meanwhile, Kabul Radio reported that guerrillas Tuesday staged rocket attacks on Kabul, the Afghan capital, for the second straight day, killing at least two people.
According to the diplomats, based in Islamabad, such attacks have been increasing not only on the capital but also on key Afghan garrisons in an effort to harass departing Red Army convoys. The rebels have also overrun a string of bases defended only by Afghan soldiers, most of which are on the eastern border with Pakistan.
"The regime has lost 18 district towns since mid-March, an unprecedented string of losses with tactical implications," strengthening the belief that the Afghan army cannot fight the guerrillas alone, one diplomat said.