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On This Day… The Russians Pulled Out Of Afghanistan

Written by: George Chittenden : 10 May 2019

It was on this day, 15th May back in 1988 when the Soviet Union began withdrawing their forces from Afghanistan, an immense task that took nearly a year, and left the government forces alone in its battle against the insurgents. The Soviet–Afghan War had lasted over nine years. It had cost the lives of approximately 15,000 Soviet soldiers and around two million Afghan civilians! Millions of Afghans fled the country as refugees to Pakistan and Iran.

Under the leadership of Gorbachev the Russians attempted to consolidate the Democratic Republic of Afghanistan’s hold over power in the country whilst the Mujahedeen continued their attacks on withdrawing Soviet forces. The Soviet-backed government finally collapsed in 1992. The war had been a disaster for the Soviet Union and is often referred to as the "Soviet Union's Vietnam War". Many believe it was a contributing factor to the collapse of the Soviet Union.

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