Kaplan, Robert D.
November 1988
New Republic;11/21/88, Vol. 199 Issue 21, p14
Focuses on the political crisis in Kandahar, Afghanistan. Information that Kandahar's population, once 180,000, is down to around 50,000, held hostage by Soviet and Afghan troops who are using the remaining civilians as a shield against the mujaheddin; Strategy of the Soviet military, which gained control of Kandahar; Comment on the U.S. foreign policy toward Afghanistan; Opinion that American policymakers have created an impression of spinelessness by allowing Pakistan to promote the ambitions of Gulbudding Hekmatyar, leader of the most radical, fundamentalist, and anti-American of the seven Afghan resistance parties.


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