TITLE

THE NEW AFGHAN MILITARY BALANCE

AUTHOR(S)
Sawhny, Karan
PUB. DATE
November 1988
SOURCE
Contemporary Review;Nov88, Vol. 253 Issue 1474, p232
SOURCE TYPE
Periodical
DOC. TYPE
Literary Criticism
ABSTRACT
The article discusses the political condition in Afghanistan. After the Soviet invasion more mutinies and defections occurred and were followed by purges of pro-Khalqi army officers by Babrak Karmal, the new President who was the leader of the Parcham faction and who rode to power on a Russian tank. By January 1981 the Afghan army was estimated to number no more than 25,000 and the regime took desperate measures, making all men between 20 and 35 liable to military service. Many fled and among those who stayed most were not trusted with heavy weapons--the Russians fearing they would defect with these to the rebels. By late summer of 1981 the purges were complete and the task of rebuilding the Afghan armed forces started.
ACCESSION #
15955351

 

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