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Page 8-Friday, March 6, 1981-The Michigan Daily
Junta: No more U.S.

From Associated Press
The chairman of a House subcommit-
tee said yesterday he had been told by
El Salvador's president the junta does
not need any further U.S. military ad-
visers to help in its fight against leftist
Rep. Michael Barnes (D-Md.) also
said President Jose Duarte strongly
hinted in a telephone conversation that
he may be willing to undertake some
kind of peace talks with the guerrillas,
who have been accused of attacking a
national guard post in El Salvador
yesterday morning.
said that after several hours of fighting,

the guerrillas were repulsed. Ten
guerrillas were reported killed in the
skirmish in the northern town of
Fighting was also reported in
Cinquera, near Jutiapa, and the gover-
nment said leftist gurrillas set fire to
the city hall and kidnapped two uniden-
tified people there as the left continued
its push for power in this Central
American nation.
Three bombs exploded in San
Salvador, police said, and one of the
devices seriously damaged a bank. A
Salvadoran journalist, Mauricio
Driotez, was reported slain near the

THE BLOODY leftist-rightist conflict
has become a ground for antagonism
between the United States and the
Soviet Union. Both countries declare a
need for El Salvador to work out its own
problems yet each accuses the other of
The Nicaraguan government has
denied sending any arms to the
guerrillas, tut the United States says
Cuba and the Soviet Union both have
sent arms to the anti-government
Salvadoran leftists.
In Washington, Senate Republican
leader Howard Baker (R-Tenn.) said
Cuba and theSoviets might be testing
President Reagan with the antagonism

over El Salvador but that Reagan's
strong action to provocation should
persuade them to "cool it."
SECRETARY OF State Alexander
Haig Jr. has said he received "some
assurances" Nicaragua will not send
more arms to Salvadoran guerrillas,
but a junta member in Managua said
Nicaragua never has talked with the
United States about the matter.
The U.S. Embassy in El Salvador has
recommended an increase in economic
aid to that country, a spokesman said,
and sources at the State Department
indicated it could reach $200 million.
The United States this year has
pledged $35 million in military aid to

Duarte's four-man civilian-military
junta, and in addition to an ongoing $63
million economic aid package, is about
ready to provide more of the latter, a
U.S. Embassy spokesman said.
ON WEDNESDAY, gunmen fired six
shots at the U.S. Embassy from a
speeding car, but no one was injured.
The American charge d'Affaires,
Fredric Chapin, blamed Salvadoran
rightist Roberto d'Aubuisson for the at-
The junta said d'Auguisson was still
being sought for arrest after calling for
a military coup.

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NEW DELHI, India (AP)-Afghan
rebels, crippled by shortages of
weapons and food, have largely aban-
doned a 14-month fight to oust Soviet
troops from the countryside and are
concentrating instead on the major
cities, a reliable source in Kabul repor-
ted yesterday.
The report from the Kabul source,
who has proven reliable in the past,
said information reaching the Afghan
capital indicates large numbers of
Afghans in some northern and far-
western areas of the country are dying
of hunger. Food shortages are said to be
especially acute in remote areas.
THIS, COMBINED with a persistent
inability to acquire large caches of
weapons with which to fight the
estimated 85,000 Soviet soldiers in
Afghanistan, is driving the guerrillas
into the cities, the source said.
The Kabul source said the food shor-

tages have developed because money
collected from Afghans and foreig
countries by various groups of
"Mujahidin," or Moslem freedom
fighters, to buy food and weapons has
never reached resistance groups inside
the country. In addition, the Soviets are
using food as a weapon.
The Soviet Red army has been in
Afghanistan in force since December
1979, when a Soviet-backed coup top-
pled the government of Hafizullah
Amin, who had been waging a losing
battle against the Moslem rebels, and
installed Babrak Karmal in his place.
OVER THE LAST six months, the
source said, Soviet troops have
destroyed grain stores, cattle and other
crops belonging to Afghans in the coun-
tryside. The actions appeared to be part
of a new tactic calculated to force
residents to turn to the Soviet-backed
government for food supplies.

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