231. 3/15/1988

“In March 1988, the CIA’s authoritative special national intelligence estimate stated, ‘We believe that the [Soviet-backed Afghan President] Najibullah regime will not long survive the completion of Soviet assistance. The regime may fall before withdrawal is complete.’ The estimate went on, ‘[D]espite infighting, we believe the resistance will retain sufficient supplies and military strength to ensure the demise of the communist government.’ “ [The 15th of the month used for date sorting purposes only.]

 – Roy Gutman, How We Missed the Story, Page 12

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