October 30, 1987 |
It was like the film "Top Gun," Jim Lindelof once told a reporter, "only we were the targets." He was talking about Soviet-occupied Afghanistan in 1985 and the daily bombing raids by MIG jets that rocked the village where he was working undercover as a medic tending to the sick, the wounded and the dying. He never forgot the sound, or the smell, or the simple fear that gripped his stomach during those three months.
August 2, 1990 |
Secretary of State James A. Baker III and Soviet Foreign Minister Eduard A. Shevardnadze concluded two days of talks in the Siberian city of Irkutsk today by agreeing on the importance of Soviet and American cooperation in Asia. "In Asia, too, the Soviet Union and the United States do not regard each other as adversaries," Shevardnadze told reporters during a news conference after the talks. The U.S.
June 12, 1987 |
Afghan rebels, firing a U.S.-made Stinger missile, shot down a civilian airplane in southern Afghanistan on Thursday, killing at least 53 people including 16 children, Kabul radio said. The broadcast said a Soviet-made AN-26 plane of Bakhtar Alwatana, Afghanistan's domestic carrier, was hit by a missile over Zabul province, about 180 miles southwest of Kabul, on a domestic flight to the capital, crashing near Shah Juy.
February 1, 1989 |
The top Soviet general in Afghanistan said Tuesday that once the pullout of his forces is completed by the Feb. 15 deadline, Moscow will no longer use its air power to support the Afghan government. The Soviet Union has been using air power increasingly since last fall to try to push back guerrilla forces besieging Afghan cities, and recently to help keep open a key highway from the Soviet border.
July 17, 1987 |
Soviet servicemen in Afghanistan have suffered heavier casualties since the United States began supplying modern weapons to Muslim guerrillas, a Soviet Foreign Ministry spokesman said Thursday. Those weapons "created additional difficulties for Afghan army and Soviet troops," deputy spokesman Boris Pyadyshev said at a regular government briefing. "This led to additional casualties among Afghan and Soviet troops and the air force."
January 10, 1988 |
Top Kremlin officials have now staked their prestige on a withdrawal of Soviet troops from Afghanistan this year without linking it to survival of the present Moscow-backed regime in Kabul, Western diplomats believe. The main Soviet condition for a pullout of an estimated 115,000 troops after eight years of an inconclusive war is an immediate halt in military aid to the rebel forces by the United States and other suppliers. Soviet Foreign Minister Eduard A.