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March 15, 1990 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
The Soviet Union offered Afghanistan military support during a coup attempt in Kabul last week, but the Communist government turned down the aid, President Najibullah said. He also said that two days before the failed takeover, he suspected that the defense minister, Shahnawaz Tanai, was plotting a coup and offered him the presidency. "It is yours if you think you can rule," Najibullah said. Tanai fled to Pakistan after the coup failed but is now believed to be back in Afghanistan.
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March 16, 1990 | From United Press International
The leader of last week's coup attempt against the pro-Moscow regime in Kabul says he is continuing the struggle and appealed to his supporters and to Afghan guerrillas to unite and overthrow President Najibullah. "My supporters are still fighting Najibullah," former Defense Minister Shahnawaz Tanai told about 30 journalists Wednesday at a guerrilla base near Dobanday, about 40 miles southeast of Kabul.
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March 16, 1990 | From United Press International
The leader of last week's coup attempt against the pro-Moscow regime in Kabul says he is continuing the struggle and appealed to his supporters and to Afghan guerrillas to unite and overthrow President Najibullah. "My supporters are still fighting Najibullah," former Defense Minister Shahnawaz Tanai told about 30 journalists Wednesday at a guerrilla base near Dobanday, about 40 miles southeast of Kabul.
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March 15, 1990 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
The Soviet Union offered Afghanistan military support during a coup attempt in Kabul last week, but the Communist government turned down the aid, President Najibullah said. He also said that two days before the failed takeover, he suspected that the defense minister, Shahnawaz Tanai, was plotting a coup and offered him the presidency. "It is yours if you think you can rule," Najibullah said. Tanai fled to Pakistan after the coup failed but is now believed to be back in Afghanistan.
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March 9, 1990 | MARK FINEMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Afghanistan's renegade defense minister, Shahnawaz Tanai, declared Thursday that "the fight is not over," but his bloody attempt to overthrow President Najibullah's Soviet-backed government this week has driven deeper divisions into the ranks of the regime's enemies, diplomats and independent analysts said.
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March 8, 1990 | MARK FINEMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Afghanistan's renegade defense minister, Gen. Shahnawaz Tanai, leader of a failed attempt to overthrow President Najibullah's Soviet-backed regime, flew to neighboring Pakistan on Wednesday with his family and 11 others after two days of intensive fighting left hundreds dead and the regime's armed forces in disarray. Pakistani authorities confirmed that the veteran army commander landed with his wife, two sons and two daughters in a military helicopter near the border city of Peshawar.
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March 7, 1990 | MARK FINEMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Hard-line factions in the Afghan military Tuesday staged a daring coup attempt against President Najibullah, bombing his palace, battling loyal soldiers in the streets and surrounding the Soviet Embassy with tanks, but the Afghan president announced hours later on state-run radio that the coup had failed.
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September 17, 1991 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Rebel commanders rejected an offer from Afghan President Najibullah to directly negotiate an end to their country's civil war, vowing to fight on to topple his Communist-style government. They also accused fundamentalist rebel chief Gulbuddin Hekmatyar of secretly plotting to form a coalition government with Najibullah and Gen. Shahnawaz Tanai, a former defense minister who defected in 1990.
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December 25, 1987 | From Reuters
Afghan guerrillas acknowledged Thursday that Soviet and Afghan government troops have advanced against guerrillas besieging the eastern town of Khost, but they denied a Soviet report of 1,500 guerrilla casualties. Heavy fighting is continuing in the area, about 20 miles from the border with Pakistan, and the Soviet and Afghan troops involved in the offensive "have made some advance," a spokesman for the Pakistan-based Hezb-i-Islami guerrilla party said.
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May 31, 1990 | MARK FINEMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Flanked by dozens of submachine gunners in business suits in a decaying movie theater surrounded by tanks and soldiers, Afghan President Najibullah took the stage this week to convince the world that his harsh, Soviet-backed regime has seen the light of democracy.
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March 9, 1990 | MARK FINEMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Afghanistan's renegade defense minister, Shahnawaz Tanai, declared Thursday that "the fight is not over," but his bloody attempt to overthrow President Najibullah's Soviet-backed government this week has driven deeper divisions into the ranks of the regime's enemies, diplomats and independent analysts said.
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March 8, 1990 | MARK FINEMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Afghanistan's renegade defense minister, Gen. Shahnawaz Tanai, leader of a failed attempt to overthrow President Najibullah's Soviet-backed regime, flew to neighboring Pakistan on Wednesday with his family and 11 others after two days of intensive fighting left hundreds dead and the regime's armed forces in disarray. Pakistani authorities confirmed that the veteran army commander landed with his wife, two sons and two daughters in a military helicopter near the border city of Peshawar.
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March 7, 1990 | MARK FINEMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Hard-line factions in the Afghan military Tuesday staged a daring coup attempt against President Najibullah, bombing his palace, battling loyal soldiers in the streets and surrounding the Soviet Embassy with tanks, but the Afghan president announced hours later on state-run radio that the coup had failed.
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March 10, 1990 | MARK FINEMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
President Najibullah had just started his scheduled meeting with a group of tribal commanders from Balaran province at 1:10 p.m. last Tuesday when he and his Soviet-backed government came literally within feet of oblivion.
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September 14, 1991 | MARK FINEMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
President Najibullah, one of the world's last Soviet-backed totalitarian leaders, says he has no intention of stepping down, despite the fall of the hard-liners in the Kremlin and the KGB who put him in power and the imminent prospect of an end to his arms supplies from Moscow.
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