THE AFGHAN WAR.
Special telegraphic intelligence to the Melbourne papers. London, Aug. 11. Intelligence has been received from Candahar which states that the cause of Ayoub Khan’s inactivity since his victory over General Burrows’brigade is attributable to the fact that he was severely wounded during the encounter, and that since then considerable dissension exists amongst his army. This report requires confirmation. Aug. 12. General Stewart, who is in supreme command of the British forces in Northern Afghanistan, had an interview yesterday with the new Ameer Abdul Rahman previous to evacuating Oabul. He congratulated the Ameer on his accession to power, and stated that he had confidence that he would faithfully fill the assurances he had given of goodwill towards the British Government. Abdul Rahman, in reply, expressed gratitude to the British Government for their recognition of him as ruler of Afghanistan, and declared his firm intention of loyally carrying out the arrangements entered into. The indecision of Ayoub Khan after his recent victory over General Burrows has enabled General Primrose to greatly strengthen his position at Candahar. The Afghans are encamped in the neighborhood, but avoid any general encounter. There has, however, been very severe skirmishing between the outposts and Ayoub’s troops, in which the latter have in every instance been worsted, greatly disheartening the hostile forces. Aug. 13. It is announced that the British force at Kelat-i-Ghilzai, an advanced station about eighty miles from Candahar, was safe on August 8. Aug. 14. • The Indian Office discredits any collusion between Ayoub Khan and Abdul Rahman. One of Abdul Rahman’s chiefs, while travelling with secret dispatches to General Kaufman, in Central Asia, early in June last, was killed and his dispatches stolen. The rumor that the Afghans had taken Chaman is untrue. There are now thirty-five days’ supply in Candahar. Ayoub Khan’s forces now number 20,000 men. The Heratee portion desire to return home with their share of the plunder. The Oabul troops have declared in favor of Abdul Rahman, the new Ameer. General Robert Phayre has been for the last ten days massing troops at Khojuk Pass, and has now a force of 5,000 men under his command. There has been heavy fighting with some tribes north-west of Sibi, in which ninety-six of the Anglo-Indian force were killed, and much baggage was lost, together with the treasure box, containing L 15,000. Information has been received by the Viceroy which shows that Ayoub Khan was acting under advice, and with the assistance of Abdul Rahman, in his ad vance against Candahar. This discovery has tended to cast suspicions on the professions of the new Ameer. Intelligence from Candahar states that an attack by Ayoub Khan is impending, and that preparations are being made in his army for an attempt to carry the city by assault. Lord Hartington announced in the House of Commons that it was not the intention of the British Government to appoint a British Resident at Oabul, but that arrangements had been made with the Ameer Abdul Rahman to receive a native envoy, who would represent the Viceroy. Aug. 16. The British forces, under command of General Stewart, which evacuated Oabul last week, have continued their march in the direction of Jellalahad without molestation. No hostile demonstration has been encountered up to the present, and the inhabitants seem to have shown themselves friendly. Dissensions have broken out amongst Ayoub Khan’s army, which are likely to retard his movements. The Herat regiments having claimed their division of the spoil, became clamorous to be allowed to return home. Notwithstanding the efforts made by Ayoub to retain their services they deserted in a body, and are now returning to Herat. The Standard confirms the reports which have been published as to the presence of European officers with Ayoub Khan’s army, but says that whether they are Russians or Europeans in the Persian service is uncertain.
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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume 1, Issue 144, 26 August 1880
THE AFGHAN WAR. Ashburton Guardian, Volume 1, Issue 144, 26 August 1880
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