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The central government could not renew its supplies of ammunition or guns, and Najibullah’s government collapsed in April. Many government troops, sometimes whole units at a time, switched sides and went over to the mujahideen. The Tajik commander, Ahmad Shah Massoud, took over Kabul. Najibullah sought refuge in the UN compound in Kabul. Sebqhatullah Mojadeddi took power for two months, running a coalition government based on the various parties of the mujahideen. Burhanuddin Rabbani, a Tajik, replaced Mojadeddi after two months.
Massoud headed an army of perhaps 3,000 fighters. His group was able to attack Soviet air bases and major fortresses. Khan’s front was run by ex-army officers. Both groups had full-time, paid soldiers, with ranks of officers, rather than single chieftains running independent bands. Some estimates put the number of Afghan fighters against the Soviets as high as 200,000 part-time mujahideen. indd 33 9/13/10 11:17 AM 34 AfghAnistAn WAr destroying the Soviet troops. Much of the mujahideen’s time and a great deal of their arms and ammunition were used in intergroup feuds.
They did not want to share power with a man they saw as a Soviet puppet. After further infighting among the mujahideen, various groups in Pakistan chose one of the most moderate of their members, Sebqhatullah Mojadeddi, to act as president of the Afghan interim government in 1989. Mojadeddi ran a sort of government in exile from Pakistan. indd 18 9/13/10 11:17 AM Afghanistan’s history 19 anlf leader sebqhatullah mojadeddi became president of the afghan interim government from 1989 to 1992. Islamic Revolutionary Movement (IRMA)—Harakat-e-Inqilabi-Islami.
Afghanistan War (America at War) by Rodney P. Carlisle