Disintegrating Army v. Divided Opposition
The easily achieved military coup of April 1978 in the capital had given power over the country as a whole to the tiny PDPA. The series of localised uprisings in outlying provinces during the winter and spring of the next year did not constitute to the leaders a serious military threat. Potentially these risings might grow into a general revolt with nationwide support, but so long as the Afghan army held together, and so long as the regime was able to exploit its arsenal of sophisticated weapons, the new rulers were fully confident of keeping control.
KeywordsPolitical Prisoner Guerrilla Group Guerrilla Warfare Afghan Refugee Royal Palace
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