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December 04, 1979

TELEGRAM FROM CHIEF SOVIET MILITARY ADVISER, 'REPORT FROM KABUL'

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    H. Amin requests subunits of Soviet Internal Troops capable of keeping order in the northern regions together with the DRA people’s militia.
    "Telegram from Chief Soviet Military Adviser, 'Report from Kabul'," December 04, 1979, History and Public Policy Program Digital Archive, Lyakhovskiy, “Tragediya i Doblest’ Afgana.” http://digitalarchive.wilsoncenter.org/document/118652
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REPORT FROM KABUL

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…On 3 December there was a meeting with H. Amin. During the conversation H. Amin said: “We intend to send part of the personnel and weapons of the 18th and 20th divisions (from Mazari-Sharif and Baghlan) to form people’s militia subunits. In this case, instead of the of regular Soviet troops into the DRA, it is better to send Soviet militia subunits which together with our people’s militia could ensure and restore order in the northern regions of the DRA.”

4.12.1979                                                                                                 Magometov