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The invasion of Afghanistan began when Soviet troops came to Afghanistan on December 27th, 1979 when they landed in Kabul. The country was already in the middle of a civil war and this ordeal had started with a 1978 coup that got the Afghan president at the time, Sadar Muhammad Daud Khan, assassinated. In 1979, Hafizullah Amin stepped up to take control which made the Soviets want to invade and also led to Babrak Karmal as the new president. The Afghans immediately began to revolt and fight back against them, with the help of the United States, China, and Pakistan.

With our technology and their strategy, the rebels went to the rural areas and mountains to elude the USSR, who stationed themselves in the major cities. The war that began between them is what is said to have led to the formation of terrorist techniques and groups that terrorize today. There was so much hatred towards the Soviet Union at the time that the U.S. rebelled against the Moscow Olympics on 1980. The war also brought the USSR closer to its fall.

In 1988, the president Mikhail Gorbachev took out his troops and the war was ended. Afghanistan was ruined by it; over a million of their people had died and 5 million became refugees, as opposed to the 15,000 Soviet troops killed. The overall effect of this war was the eventual creation of the Taliban, which is one of the largest and most dangerous terrorist groups in the Middle East.


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