Babrak Karmal, 67, a Soviet-backed leader who...

THE BALTIMORE SUN

Babrak Karmal, 67, a Soviet-backed leader who ruled Afghanistan in the 1980s during that country's bitter civil war, died of liver cancer on Sunday in Moscow. One of the world's poorest nations, Afghanistan was in turmoil from the day Karmal came to power in 1979 until the day he resigned in 1986.

Pub Date: 12/07/96

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