Soviet Invasion of Afghanistan

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The Soviet Invasion of Afghanistan

In the year of 1979, after helping to establish and maintain a communist government in this nation, the Soviet Union engaged in a bloody war with the Democratic Republic of Afghanistan, or the DRA (Unknown Author. (Unknown Date). Encyclopedia: Soviet invasion of Afghanistan. Retrieved April 4, 2004 from the World Wide Web: http://www.nationmaster.com/encyclopedia/Soviet-Invasion-of-Afghanistan.). This 10 year conflict caused massive amounts of destruction and mayhem for the country, but in the end was a military disaster (Unknown Author. (Unknown Date). Encyclopedia: Soviet invasion of Afghanistan. Retrieved April 4, 2004 from the World Wide Web:
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They stormed the presidential palace dressed in Afghan uniforms. They succeeded in killing Amin, but only after sustaining heavy casualties (Unknown Author. (Unknown Date). Encyclopedia: Soviet invasion of Afghanistan. Retrieved April 4, 2004 from the World Wide Web: http://www.nationmaster.com/encyclopedia/Soviet-Invasion-of-Afghanistan.). Finally, the Soviet Union moved more divisions into the country. There were 50 000 Soviet troops on Afghan soil at this point. The Soviets continued in this fashion for the better part of 10 years.

As you can tell, the Soviet Union spent a great deal of money on this endeavor in the Middle East, and lost a lot of manpower as well. The Russians had deployed the entire Fortieth Soviet Army, which consisted of 100 000 land troops. On top of this, were air support, logistics, MVD (Ministry of Internal Affairs) soldiers, and other troops had also been deployed in Afghanistan (Unknown Author. (Unknown Date). Encyclopedia: Soviet invasion of Afghanistan. Retrieved April 4, 2004 from the World Wide Web: http://www.nationmaster.com/encyclopedia/Soviet-Invasion-of-Afghanistan.). All together, some observers believed this to add up to 175 000 military personnel (Unknown Author. (Unknown Date). Encyclopedia: Soviet invasion of Afghanistan. Retrieved April 4, 2004 from the World Wide Web: http://www.nationmaster.com/encyclopedia/Soviet-Invasion-of-Afghanistan.).

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