Angola

South Africa uses mercenaries for dirty war inside Angola

The Guardian, January 29 1981
with Jonathan Steele

South Africa's military operations in southern Angola have grown to such an extent that it is now waging a full-scale war far from its own borders.
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British deserter exposes South Africa's killing ground in Angola

The Guardian, January 29 1981

Trevor Edwards was leading his platoon through a patch of scrubland in southern Angola last October, tracking a small group of Swapo guerrillas. Suddenly two children jumped up from behind some bush and began to run.
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Angolans hit back at South African invasion - with words

The Guardian, August 27 1981

Five thousand miles from the battle in Cunene province, the Angolan government has been forced to open a new front on the fifth floor of an office block in London's Jermyn Street, near Piccadilly Circus.

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Angola threatens to use Cubans as US backs South Africa

The Guardian, September 3 1981
with Jane Berger and Patrick Laurence

Angola yesterday took a cautious step towards involving Cuban troops in fighting South African invasions of the country. The threat came as South African forces claimed they were completing a withdrawal from Angola, but there was no confirmation from Luanda.
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South Africa continues to bomb Angolan towns - the evidence

The Guardian, September 7 1981

South Africa is still carrying out rocket and bomb raids up to 130 miles inside Angola. I was with a group of Eastern and Western journalists who were caught up in some of the raids on Saturday.

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South Africa attacks Angola the easy way

The Guardian, September 8 1981

The real battle for Southern Angola has not yet started. So far, the South Africans have crossed the border with at least three columns of infantry and heavy air support to occupy a largely deserted and badly defended chunk of Cunene province.
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US helps Angolans with one hand - and slaps them with the other

The Guardian, September 11 1981

The US State Department is believed to have authorised the supply of thousands of tons of grain to Angolan refugees despite the Reagan Administration's refusal to condemn the South African incursion into the country.
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Angola fights the chaos left behind by Portuguese colonialists

The Guardian, September 14 1981

In Angola, 1981 is the Year of Discipline and Control. The message is thrust down to the people from posters on the street hoardings. Public notices end with the exhortation: "Disciplina, disciplina, disciplina." It is all very necessary.
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South Africa admits it runs secret mercenary outfit

The Guardian, March 11 1983

The South African government has confirmed the existence of a unit of black and white mercenaries, details of which were first disclosed by a British deserter in the Guardian in January.
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