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  • August, 1988

    Report from General Valentin Varennikov to Soviet Defense Minister Dmitri T. Yazov (Excerpt)

    Varennikov reports on Afghan opposition leader Ahmad Shah Masoud, who is seen as the most significant threat to the Soviet-backed regime.

  • October, 1988

    Report from Soviet Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Ministry of Defense and KGB Representatives

    Report on efforts to contact Afghan opposition leader Ahmad Shah Masoud.

  • January, 1989

    Najibullah Assessment of the 'Ahmad Shah Problem'

    Najibullah assesses the threat posed by opposition leader Ahmad Shah Masoud.

  • January 14, 1989

    Memorandum of Conversation between Soviet Foreign Minister Eduard Shevardnadze and Najibullah and other Afghan Leaders on 13-14 January 1989 (Excerpt)

    Shevardnadze, Najibullah and others discuss the possibility of Soviet forces providing security for vital cargo deliveries along the Hairaton-Kabul highway, which passes through territory controlled by Ahmad Shah Masoud's forces.