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Up to 800 Soviet soldiers, many of them paratroopers and commandos, were wounded in a recent offensive against Afghan guerrillas in the Kunar Valley, Western diplomatic sources said in Islamabad, Pakistan. They gave no figures for Soviet deaths. In New Delhi, Western diplomats said Afghan rebels destroyed 20 Afghan military aircraft in an attack last week at Shindand, 450 miles west of Kabul. Soviet and U.S. diplomats, meanwhile, opened two days of Afghan talks at the State Department.


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