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Afghanistan

Anthony James Joes

in Victorious Insurgencies

Published by University Press of Kentucky

Published in print October 2010 | ISBN: 9780813126142
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813135588 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5810/kentucky/9780813126142.003.0005
Afghanistan

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The Afghan war was the longest military conflict in Soviet history. The Soviet armed forces suffered their clearest reversal since the fall of Nazi Berlin, the first time in modern history that a Russian army had been decisively checked by insurgents. The war provided the arena for the CIA's biggest ever clandestine operation. The Afghan insurgents received material help from an exceedingly heterogeneous group of states. Afghanistan was able to establish and maintain what independence it possessed, in part because it provided a convenient buffer between the two contending empires. The Soviets in the end withdrew their troops from Afghanistan but that turned out to be the first of such withdrawals.

Keywords: Berlin; insurgents; clandestine; independence; withdrawals

Chapter.  23181 words. 

Subjects: International Relations

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