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June 22, 1992 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Afghan Gen. Rasheed Dostum, earlier reported by the official Pakistani news agency APP to have been killed in a plane crash along with former President Babrak Karmal, said today he knew nothing of any such crash. Dostum spoke to reporters in Kabul from Mazar-i-Sharif. "We have no information about any plane crash," Dostum said. "Obviously I am still alive." He said he didn't know Karmal's whereabouts.
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June 22, 1992 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Afghan Gen. Rasheed Dostum, earlier reported by the official Pakistani news agency APP to have been killed in a plane crash along with former President Babrak Karmal, said today he knew nothing of any such crash. Dostum spoke to reporters in Kabul from Mazar-i-Sharif. "We have no information about any plane crash," Dostum said. "Obviously I am still alive." He said he didn't know Karmal's whereabouts.
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December 24, 1986
The leader of Afghanistan's ruling Communist party has also assumed the position of president, replacing Babrak Karmal who resigned the office last month, Kabul radio said. It reported that Najib, who uses only a single name, was elected president of the Revolutionary Council, and thus president of the country. Karmal, who came to power with the Soviet invasion of late 1979, was replaced by Najib as general secretary of the ruling People's Democratic Party last May.
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October 18, 1987
Fifteen members of the Central Committee of Afghanistan's Marxist ruling party were ousted in a purge of allies of former Afghan leader Babrak Karmal, who was replaced earlier by Najibullah. Kabul radio said Karmal's half-brother, Mahmood Baryalai, and Anahita Ratebzad, a close associate of Karmal and long one of the top women in the Afghan leadership, were among those removed by the Central Committee of the People's Democratic Party.
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May 4, 1987
Babrak Karmal, the former Afghan leader who was dropped from power last year, has been arrested in Afghanistan and is in prison, the New China News Agency reported. The agency quoted unidentified diplomatic sources in Islamabad, Pakistan, as saying that the order to arrest the 58-year-old Karmal came from the ruling Revolutionary Council, which he had headed during the nearly seven years he was in power.
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July 13, 1986 | William J. Eaton, William J. Eaton, The Times' correspondent in Moscow, has been on assignment in Afghanistan.
Najib, the new one-named leader of Afghanistan, has a reputation for being tough, efficient and expert at infighting with rivals in his party. He is 38, a big man, built like a football linebacker, with black hair, a carefully trimmed black mustache and dark, flashing eyes. He has taken a hard line against the anti-communist rebels, demanding additional sacrifices from his people in pursuit of a military victory that he admits may take years to achieve.
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April 19, 1992 | MARK FINEMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Ousted President Najibullah spends what may well be the last days of his life in a small room with a television and a radio. There are only a few chairs, enough for his trusted brother and the two generals who remain by his side. Every hour he sits, he waits to learn whether he will live or die. Holed up in a loosely guarded U.N.
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May 4, 1987
Babrak Karmal, the former Afghan leader who was dropped from power last year, has been arrested in Afghanistan and is in prison, the New China News Agency reported. The agency quoted unidentified diplomatic sources in Islamabad, Pakistan, as saying that the order to arrest the 58-year-old Karmal came from the ruling Revolutionary Council, which he had headed during the nearly seven years he was in power.
OPINION
July 13, 1986 | William J. Eaton, William J. Eaton, The Times' correspondent in Moscow, has been on assignment in Afghanistan.
Najib, the new one-named leader of Afghanistan, has a reputation for being tough, efficient and expert at infighting with rivals in his party. He is 38, a big man, built like a football linebacker, with black hair, a carefully trimmed black mustache and dark, flashing eyes. He has taken a hard line against the anti-communist rebels, demanding additional sacrifices from his people in pursuit of a military victory that he admits may take years to achieve.
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