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September 08, 1983

EAST GERMAN MEMORANDUM INFORMATION ON THE SITUATION IN AFGHANISTAN

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    Short memorandum reporting on Soviet efforts to increase cooperation with tribes in Afghanistan, especially the Pashtuns.
    "East German Memorandum Information on the Situation in Afghanistan," September 08, 1983, History and Public Policy Program Digital Archive, Stiftung Archiv der Parteien- und Massenorganisationen im Bundesarchiv, Berlin, DY30 vorl. SED 30273. Obtained and translated from German by David Wolff. https://digitalarchive.wilsoncenter.org/document/117268
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8 September 1983

Foreign Department Information on the Situation in Afghanistan

Consolidation continues […] Increasing cooperation of the revolutionary power with tribes, in particular with the main tribe on both sides of border, the Pashtuns, has had a noticeable influence on the change in power relations.  Approximately 80% of the Pashtuns live on the Pakistani side.  After decisions of the Elder Councils (Jingahs), they agreed with the Afghan government not to let counter-revolutionary bands have passage through tribal areas.  

Forming tribal militia. Providing arms, money.  Offer education in USSR to chiefs’ children.  220 already in USSR.