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  Kids.Net.Au - Encyclopedia > Soviet invasion of Afghanistan
The Soviet invasion of Afghanistan was a 10-year which war wreaked incredible havoc and destruction on Afghanistan.
Timeline of the Invasion Various dates are given for the beginning of the war, depending on what specific event is held to be the beginning.
Invasion of an impoverished, technologically unsophisticated Afghanistan that supplied an eastern flank to Iran was considered by most political and military strategists to be preferable for the Soviet Union to any overt action agsainst Iran.
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 whythesovietsinvadedafghan
In the face of rising intensity of the conflict and news of Soviet attrocities, the government began to portray the war as a war against Islamic fundamentalism.
The Soviets thought that a small scale engagement in Afghanistan, could be used as a prooving ground for a new generation of soldiers and military equipment.
After it became obvious that the invasion of Afghanistan would not be an easy endeavor, the Soivets could not pull out their forces, due to the early losses of Soviet soldiers.
www.mtholyoke.edu /~cckarpov/whythesovietsinvadedafghan.htm   (661 words)

  
 Afghanistan (05/07)
The regime's survival increasingly was dependent upon Soviet military equipment and advisers as the insurgency spread and the Afghan army began to collapse.
In 2004, Afghanistan's GDP grew 17%, and in 2005 Afghanistan's GDP grew approximately 10%.
Afghanistan is one of the most heavily mined countries in the world; mine-related injuries number up to 100 per month, and an estimated 200,000 Afghans have been disabled by landmine/unexploded ordinances (UXO) accidents.
www.state.gov /r/pa/ei/bgn/5380.htm   (7049 words)

  
 Soviet invasion of Afghanistan
The Soviet occupation of Afghanistan was indeed Vietnam-like in its brutality, killing more than a million Afghans and helping to tear apart a country that in 1979 had relatively little religious fanaticism and was making advances in the status of women.
Reagan's policy toward Afghanistan maintained that while the United States would employ no military forces of its own, given, in part, that it was unable to secure the support of its allies, it would nonetheless provide aid to the Afghan rebels to pressure the Soviet Union to withdraw its forces.
In many ways, the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan and the United States’ subsequent support of the mujahidin resistance was another round of the Afghan “Great Game.” The “Great Game” portrays Central Asia, and specifically Afghanistan, as the region where “international superpower struggles” occur.
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 Situation Reports: Afghanistan, Afghanistan: Profile Report 07 Nov 2006, Analysis: Afghanistan, Afghanistan: Profile ...
The Soviet invasion of Afghanistan in 1979 was followed by a decade of clashes between Soviet troops and Afghan fighters, the mujahedin.
After the withdrawal of the Soviet army in 1988, and the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991, factional fighting among the mujahedin forces continued until 1996, when the capital, Kabul, was taken by the Taliban.
Afghanistan, a country of multiple ethnic communities—Pashtuns in the south and east, Tajiks and Uzbeks in the north, Hazaras in the central regions—joined the United Nations in 1946, as one of its earliest members.
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 The Soviet Invasion of Afghanistan
Then when the Soviets had consolidated their control of the capital, armored columns were dispatched to the east and northeast to seize major population centers and airfields and to protect important lines of communication between the Soviet border and the interior, possibly in preparation for the future move of additional reinforcements across the frontier.
Afghanistan has long been a major crossroads of Asia astride 6 v J major north-south and east-west land routes; its control gf the Khyber and Bola passes has historically made it the gateway which links Rts,sia with the Indian sub-continent and the Middle East with the Orient.
Afghanistan is a stepping stone for the Soviet strategic penetration of the South Asianpersian Gulf area as well as a stepping stone for Islamic religious penetration of Soviet Central Asia to the strategic Straits of Hormuz as well as U.S. naval units in the Arabian Sea.
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 LiveLeak.com - Redefining the Media
Afghanistan's opium production has doubled in two years, reaching a new high in 2007, with the country almost the exclusive supplier of the world's de...
US Army infantry calls in CAS to deal with some Taliban attempting to attack their position in Afghanistan.
As the Army Air Corps prepares to celebrate its 50th anniversary later this week many of their number are currently deployed on operations in southern Afghanistan, where flying dangerous missions is a...
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  Kakar, Afghanistan: The Soviet Invasion and the Afghan Response
Kakar, Afghanistan: The Soviet Invasion and the Afghan Response
The Soviet Invasion and the Afghan Response, 1979--1982
The Soviets were unable to re-establish the Kabul regime's rule over the countryside or even the smaller cities; terrorist attacks on communists became frequent even in Kabul.
www.cscs.umich.edu /~crshalizi/reviews/kakar-soviet-invasion   (2551 words)

  
 Science Fair Projects - Soviet invasion of Afghanistan
Invasion of an impoverished, technologically unsophisticated Afghanistan that supplied an eastern flank to Iran was considered by most political and military strategists to be preferable for the Soviet Union to any overt action against Iran.
Western analysts at the time also believed that the Soviet Union's presence in Afghanistan was motivated by a desire to bring its forces closer to a strategic choke-point: the mouth of the Persian gulf, the conduit for most of the world's oil supertankers.
Afghanistan is separated from the Arabian Sea by the sparsely populated Pakistani province of Baluchistan.
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 Kakar, Afghanistan: The Soviet Invasion and the Afghan Response
Kakar, Afghanistan: The Soviet Invasion and the Afghan Response
The Soviet Invasion and the Afghan Response, 1979--1982
This was not, of course, because the Soviets developed scruples, still less because world opinion turned against them, most of the usual voices of outrage being (with a few intensely honorable exceptions) conspicuous by their silence for a decade.
www.santafe.edu /~shalizi/reviews/kakar-soviet-invasion   (2551 words)

  
 The Soviet Invasion of Afghanistan 1979-1989
Because the rural population fed and housed the mujahidin, the Soviets tried to eliminate or remove civilian populations from the countryside where resistance was based.
One long-term effect of the Soviet invasion and pull-out was the establishment of a weak state full of religious hatred and hatred of richer nations: a breeding ground for terrorism.
Afghanistan: The Soviet Invasion and the Afghan Response, 1979-1982.
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  The Soviet invasion of Afghanistan   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-07)
Soviet weapons were designed for use in different type of terrain and under different doctrine.
Soviet armed forces were treined to fight operational level war, but guerilla warfare in tactical level warfare.
Afghanistan cost Soviet Union 13.833 dead, 469.685 wounded or sick (of which 10.751 were invalids), 118 airplanes, 333 helicopters, 147 tanks, 1.314 other armored fighting vehicles, 433 artillery pieces, 1.138 radios and command vehicles, 510 engineer armored vehicles and 11.369 trucks.
www.historic-battles.com /Articles/soviet_invasion_of_afghanistan.htm   (1433 words)

  
 Leftist Coup and Soviet Invasion - History - Afghanistan - Asia
Karmal, whom the Soviets considered to be more susceptible to their control, denounced Amin’s repressive policies, which reportedly included mass arrests and torture of prisoners, and promised to combine social and economic reform with respect for Islam and for Afghan traditions.
The Soviet invasion of Afghanistan played out in the waning days of the Cold War, as the leaden economy and political repressions of the Soviet Union were just beginning to show signs of strain.
Despite the Soviet Union’s own domestic difficulties and high-level internal advice against such a move, the Soviet takeover of Afghanistan’s government and eventual full military invasion was a long-considered and reasonably well-thought-out plan.
www.countriesquest.com /asia/afghanistan/history/leftist_coup_and_soviet_invasion.htm   (854 words)

  
 DNK Amazon Store :: Afghanistan: The Soviet Invasion and the Afghan Response, 1979-1982
A professor at Kabul University and scholar of Afghanistan affairs at the time of the 1978 coup d'état, Kakar vividly describes the events surrounding the Soviet invasion in 1979 and the encounter between the military superpower and the poorly armed Afghans.
«Afghanistan: The Soviet Invasion and the Afghan Response, 1»
Afghanistan is a monument of scholarship by an individual who lived closely through the events described (he tells of going onto his roof, for example, to watch the Soviet troops storm the presidential palace in 1979).
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 Cold War
The Western democracies and the Soviet Union discussed the progress of World War II and the nature of the postwar settlement at conferences in Tehran (1943), Yalta (February 1945), and Potsdam (July-August 1945).
After the war, disputes between the Soviet Union and the Western democracies, particularly over the Soviet takeover of East European states, led Winston Churchill to warn in 1946 that an "iron curtain" was descending through the middle of Europe.
For his part, Joseph Stalin deepened the estrangement between the United States and the Soviet Union when he asserted in 1946 that World War II was an unavoidable and inevitable consequence of "capitalist imperialism" and implied that such a war might reoccur.
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 Bambooweb: Soviet Invasion of Afghanistan
Soviet troops ultimately withdrew from the area between May 15, 1988 and February 2, 1989.
Invasion of an impoverished, technologically unsophisticated Afghanistan that supplied an eastern flank to Iran was considered by most political and military strategists to be preferable for the Soviet Union to any overt action against Iran.
Western analysts at the time also believed that the Soviet Union's presence in Afghanistan was motivated by a desire to bring its forces closer to a strategic choke-point: the mouth of the Persian gulf, the conduit for most of the world's oil supertankers.
www.bambooweb.com /articles/s/o/Soviet_invasion_of_Afghanistan.html   (1331 words)

  
 The Invasion of Afghanistan
On December 25, 1979, Soviet troops entered the territory of the socialist republic of Afghanistan at the invitation of the present government.
The invasion, or "exertion of fraternal aid" in classic Soviet parlance, was a chance to square accounts.
The Soviet government was forced to increase the size of its armed forces and to draft more young man into the line of fire.
www.soviethistory.org /index.php?action=L2&SubjectID=1980afghanistan&Year=1980   (512 words)

  
 Soviet invasion of Afghanistan - FreeEncyclopedia   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-07)
The Soviet invasion of Afghanistan was a 10-year which war wreaked incredible havoc and destruction on Afghanistan.
Soviet troops ultimately withdrew from the area between May 15, 1988 and February 2, 1989.
Invasion of an impoverished, technologically unsophisticated Afghanistan that supplied an eastern flank to Iran was considered by most political and military strategists to be preferable for the Soviet Union to any overt action agsainst Iran.
openproxy.ath.cx /so/Soviet_invasion_of_Afghanistan.html   (1570 words)

  
 Brahmin-Engineered Genocide of Muslims in Afghanistan. On Nehruvian India's support to the Soviet invasion of ...   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-07)
Twenty years after the Soviet invasion provoked an avalanche of refugees, Afghans remain the single largest refugee group in the world, the United Nations High Commission for Refugees said in a statement marking the 10th anniversary of the Soviet pullout.
Afghanistan, now under a state of emergency, is trying to cope with food and fuel shortages as well as an unstable security situation after the withdrawal of Soviet troops on Feb. 15.
Afghanistan, the Soviet Union and India have all tried to persuade Zahir Shah to return as head to a neutral, possible interim, administration in Kabul.
www.dalitstan.org /journal/genocide/muslims/neh_afgh.html   (1153 words)

  
 CNN Cold War - Historical Documents: U.S. Memos on Afghanistan
The Soviets are likely to act decisively, unlike the U.S., which pursued in Vietnam a policy of inoculating the enemy.
We should inform the Soviets that their actions are placing SALT in jeopardy and that will also influence the substance of the Brown visit to China, since the Chinese are doubtless going to be most concerned about implications for themselves of such Soviet assertiveness so close to their border.
Since in your conversations yesterday with European leaders you drew a parallel between the Soviet intervention in Afghanistan in 1979 and the one in Czechoslovakia in 1968, it may be useful for you to know what actions Johnson and Rusk took after the August 20, 1968 Soviet occupation of Czechoslovakia.
www.cnn.com /SPECIALS/cold.war/episodes/20/documents/brez.carter   (1089 words)

  
 Hate Is The Legacy Of The Soviet Invasion
This agony started with the invasion by the former Soviet Union facilitated by their self-sold surrogates--the Afghan Communists--Khalqis and Parchamis.
The then-USSR invaded Afghanistan with 120,000 troops on December 24.
According to him, the invasion of the former USSR was the responsibility of today's Russia.
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 Soviet Invasion of Afghanistan | Afghanistan War | War in Afghanistan | Questia.com Online Library
The Soviet invasion, which sparked Afghan resistance, intially involved an estimated 30,000 troops, a force that ultimately grew to 100,000.
The conflict largely settled into a stalemate, with Soviet and government forces controlling the urban areas, and the Afghan guerrillas operating fairly freely in mountainous rural regions.
Soviet citizens had become increasingly discontented with the war, which dragged on without success but with continuing casualties.
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 Dummies::Setting the Stage for the Soviet Invasion of Afghanistan
Dummies::Setting the Stage for the Soviet Invasion of Afghanistan
Throughout history, foreign armies who happened to be in the neighborhood of Central Asia often stopped by Afghanistan for an invasion or two.
Obsessed with fears that Russia would encroach on Afghan territory, the British made a number of tactical blunders in their relationship with Afghanistan's rulers that led to three wars and racked up three defeats.
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 Afghan War Rugs: A Sub-group with Iranian Influence
Afghanistan has had the historical misfortune to be a buffer between Russia (later the Soviet Union) and India under the British Raj (later independent India and Pakistan).
When the war came the people in the Herat area, in western Afghanistan, were among the unfavored and were forced to depend on Iran, her neighbor to the west, who was in very poor straits herself because of the various U.S. policies to weaken her and the later, debilitating war with Iraq.
Most importantly, it was with the AK-74 that the Soviets joined the "fast, light round" school of thought on ammunition, moving away from the "slow, heavy round" school, a move made by the U.S armed forces during the Vietnam war when they adopted the M-16 to replace the M-14.
www.rugreview.com /stuf/afgwar.htm   (3539 words)

  
 Afghanistan: Soviet Union
The Soviet withdrawal from Afghanistan in 1989 has only affected the power relations among the country's various factions but has not changed the fact that they are in constant competition with each other.
Soviet influence grew rapidly in Afghanistan and thousands of Afghans went for education and training to Soviet bloc countries.
The Soviets established a special commission on Afghanistan, of KGB chairman Yuri Andropov, Ponomaryev from the Central Committee and Dmitry Ustinov, the Minister of Defence.
www.lycos.com /info/afghanistan--soviet-union.html   (493 words)

  
 Afghanistan
However, this village was no stranger to war, for it had suffered under Soviet occupation twenty years earlier, and over a hundred of her people died at that time.
But Afghanistan is a country that has endured extraordinary hardship: ongoing drought, Soviet invasion and occupation, ethnic conflict, civil war, Taliban oppression, US military retaliation, and refugee displacement of staggering proportions.
In 1979, the Soviet Union invaded Afghanistan, thus beginning the country's twenty-three years of war from which it is only now struggling to recover.
www.shelter.org /countries/afghanistan.php   (539 words)

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