February 2, 1989 |
Describing the Afghan government as "a building without its girders," the head of the closed U.S. Embassy in Afghanistan predicted Wednesday that the Soviet-backed government of President Najibullah will fall within months. Jon Glassman, the U.S.
January 31, 1989 |
Marine guards lowered the Stars and Stripes in a brief ceremony Monday outside the U.S. Embassy, temporarily closing the mission as Muslim rebels encircled the Afghan capital awaiting a Soviet withdrawal. "We are honored to have served and helped the Afghan people toward peace and freedom," U.S. Charge d'Affaires John Glassman said. "We will be back as soon as the conflict is over. We say goodby, and God bless the United States of America. We are going home."
January 29, 1989 |
The Bush Administration's decision to close the U.S. Embassy in Afghanistan, a key listening post in the bloody, nine-year conflict there, already has had a far-reaching impact on a war that has relied as heavily on propaganda and perception as it has on arms and artillery, Western, Afghan and Soviet diplomats said here Saturday.
January 27, 1989 |
Secretary of State James A. Baker III, on his first day on the job, decided Thursday to close the U.S. Embassy in Kabul amid rising turmoil during a Soviet troop withdrawal from Afghanistan, a U.S. official said. The U.S. diplomatic contingent in Kabul had already been reduced to fewer than 10 officers and security guards. Their situation is considered precarious in light of a bitter civil war between the pro-Moscow government and U.S.-armed guerrillas. The U.S.
July 27, 1988
Rocket salvos fired into Kabul by Afghan rebels during the past week have killed at least 50 people and damaged the U.S. and French embassies in the fiercest barrage to hit the Afghan capital in four years, Western diplomats in New Delhi said. They also quoted a "reliable diplomat" as saying that 15 to 20 Soviet soldiers were killed in a July 18 guerrilla ambush in Logar province, about 20 miles south of Kabul.