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Islamic rebels battling Soviet troops in Afghanistan have stepped up attacks in the capital of Kabul, striking at the Soviet Embassy and capturing two security posts within the last week, a witness said in New Delhi. After a month of relative calm, battles with rockets and machine guns have shaken the city, said the witness, a woman who recently returned from Kabul. "We got very worried because the fighting was so close and so intense," said the woman, who declined to be identified. Her account was supported by Western diplomats.

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