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Soviet forces leave Afghanistan

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Soviet forces leave Afghanistan

Postby admin » Wed Feb 15, 2017 2:43 am

On this day — February 15, 1989
Soviet forces leave Afghanistan
After almost a decade of fierce fighting against the Mujahideen, the Soviet Union announces that the last of its troops has left Afghanistan. In the West, the war is deemed 'the Soviet's Vietnam.'

The Soviet–Afghan War lasted over nine years from December 1979 to February 1989. Insurgent groups known as the mujahideen fought against the Soviet Army and the Democratic Republic of Afghanistan. Between 850,000–2 million civilians were killed and millions of Afghans fled the country as refugees, mostly to Pakistan and Iran. The war is considered part of the Cold War.
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