[156] Conversely, some regions such as Nuristan, in the northeast, and Hazarajat, in the central mountains of Afghanistan, were virtually untouched by the fighting, and lived in almost complete independence. Sibghatullah Mojaddedi was selected as the head of the Interim Islamic State of Afghanistan, in an attempt to reassert its legitimacy against the Moscow-sponsored Kabul regime. By terms of the treaty, all conquered territory was to be returned, and commissions were ...read more, A devastating fire at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., destroys about two-thirds of its 55,000 volumes, including most of Thomas Jefferson’s personal library, sold to the institution in 1815. [303][304][305] Noor Ahmed Khalidi calculated that 876,825 Afghans were killed during the Soviet invasion. These reforms were deeply unpopular among the more traditional rural population and established power structures. [180], Mujahideen mobilization in non-Pashtun regions faced very different obstacles. [168] As well as money, Muslim countries provided thousands of volunteer fighters known as "Afghan Arabs", who wished to wage jihad against the atheist communists. On December 27, 1979, 700 Soviet troops dressed in Afghan uniforms, including KGB and GRU special forces officers from the Alpha Group and Zenith Group, occupied major governmental, military and media buildings in Kabul, including their primary target, the Tajbeg Palace. It also started the transformation of the press and media, which continued under glasnost.[82]. "Unholy Alliances", Lester Publishing, 1992, Steve Coll, "Ghost Wars: The Secret History of the CIA, Afghanistan and Bin Laden" (New York: Penguin Putnam, 2003), p. 104. interview with Arab Afghan fighter Abullah Anas and Afghan CIA station chief Milt Berden. [269], Throughout the war Britain played a significant role in support of the US and acted in concert with the U.S. government. [319], Before the war, Afghanistan was already one of the world's poorest nations. [116], Afghanistan, under the regime of Mohammed Daoud Khan, had hostile relations with both Pakistan and Iran. Their cruelty toward civilians was unheard of during the war, while Soviet cruelty toward civilians was common. Supposedly, two of Amin's guards killed the former General Secretary Nur Muhammad Taraki with a pillow, and Amin, himself, was suspected to be a CIA agent. February 15 marks 30 years since the day the last Soviet soldiers were withdrawn from Afghanistan. The CIA noted that this was the equivalent of US$50 billion[292] ($115 billion in 2019 USD). Авиация и время [Aviation and Time] (in Russian) p.28, Marek Sliwinski, "Afghanistan: The Decimation of a People,", Hilali, A. [145] The viewpoint that it was the United States that was fomenting the Islamic insurgency in Afghanistan with the aim of destabilizing Soviet Central Asia tended to downplay the effects of an unpopular Communist government pursuing policies that the majority of Afghans violently disliked as a generator of the insurgency and strengthened those who argued some sort of Soviet response was required to what seen as an outrageous American provocation. [241], The CIA gave the majority of their weapons and finances to Gulbuddin Hekmatyar's Hezb-i-Islami who also received the lion's share of aid from the Saudis. [48][49][51][52] 5–10 million Afghans fled to Pakistan and Iran, 1/3 of the prewar population of the country, and another 2 million were displaced within the country. [citation needed] The defection of General Abdul Rashid Dostam and his Uzbek militia, in March 1992, further undermined Najibullah's control of the state. [55], Weapons supplies were made available through numerous countries. Major American television journalists were sympathetic to the mujahideen. [219] Deserters from the Soviet Army in 1984 also confirmed the atrocities by the Soviet troops on Afghan women and children, stating that Afghan women were being raped. [88] Zahir Shah also ended all anti-Pakistani propaganda and improved his country's relation with Pakistan. It was rumoured that Karmal was present at the meeting in an attempt to reconcile Taraki's Khalq faction and the Parcham against Amin and his followers. 8-9, Winter 1996-1997. The biggest shortcoming here was the fact that once the Russians did engage the enemy in force, they failed to hold the ground by withdrawing once their operation was completed. Subsequently, the SALT II arms treaty was shelved and the U.S. began to re-arm. Intelligence gathering, essential for successful COIN, was inadequate. [85] The British Raj also came to an end and the British Crown colony of India was partitioned into the new nations of India and Pakistan, the latter which inherited the Durrand Line as its frontier with Afghanistan. The teams most important contribution was help with organisation and communication via radio equipment. [145] It was assumed in Moscow that because Pakistan (an ally of both the United States and China) was supporting the mujahideen that therefore it was ultimately the United States and China who were behind the rebellion in Afghanistan. The hotel was housing U.S. officers. [180], Roy also describes regional, ethnic and sectarian variations in mujahideen organization. [349] ), The man instrumental not only in generating international support but also in inspiring these volunteers to travel to Afghanistan for the jihad was a Palestinian Muslim Brotherhood cleric, Abdullah Azzam. The Kremlin responded to the whole incident by blasting Thatcher's "provocation aimed at stirring up anti-Soviet hysteria." Lacking a strong political representation in a state dominated by Pashtuns, minority communities commonly looked to pious learned or charismatically revered pirs (saints) for leadership. Of children who survived, 67% were severely malnourished, with malnutrition increasing with age. Sometimes they got involved in shootings with the Pakistani jets defending the airspace.[233]. [125] Other members of the traditional elite, the religious establishment and intelligentsia fled the country. The publication praised their martyrdom and their role in entrapping the Soviets in a Vietnam War-style disaster. A month later, around twelve Mig-23 crossed into Pakistani airspace with the aim to lure ambush the Pakistani F-16s. Daoud Khan's irredentist foreign policy to reunite the Pashtun homeland caused much tension with Pakistan, a nation that allied itself with the United States. The joint U.S. and British invasion of Afghanistan in late 2001 was preceded by over two decades of war in Afghanistan (see Afghan War). "Жаркое небо Афганистана: Часть IX" [Hot Sky of Afghanistan: Part IX]. [204], Operation Magistral was one of the final offensive operations undertaken by the Soviets, a successful sweep operation that cleared the road between Gardez and Khost. Why did Soviet leaders decide to invade Afghanistan despite internal opposition? Often, they would enlist the services of the local inhabitants, even children. Significant commanders typically led 300 or more men, controlled several bases and dominated a district or a sub-division of a province. Following Daoud's return to power, Daoud revived his Pashtunistan policy and for the first time started proxy war against Pakistan[119] by supporting anti-Pakistani groups and providing them with arms, training and sanctuaries. The last Soviet soldier crossed back across the border on February 15, 1989. It was weakened by divisions within the PDPA and the Parcham faction, and the regime's efforts to expand its base of support proved futile. Saudi Arabia also gathered an enormous amount of money for the Afghan mujahideen in private donations that amounted to about $20 million per month at their peak. Often KHAD secured neutrality agreements rather than committed political alignment. 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Notable among them was a young Saudi named Osama bin Laden, whose Arab group eventually evolved into al-Qaeda. [121], In response to Afghanistan's proxy war, Pakistan started supporting Afghans who were critical of Daoud Khan's policies. Ironically, until demoralized by the defections of its senior officers, the Afghan Army had achieved a level of performance it had never reached under direct Soviet tutelage. [153] Thus, Soviet troops found themselves drawn into fighting against urban uprisings, tribal armies (called lashkar), and sometimes against mutinying Afghan Army units. [citation needed], Among other things the Geneva accords identified the US and Soviet non-intervention in the internal affairs of Pakistan and Afghanistan and a timetable for full Soviet withdrawal. Soviet soldiers as well as KhAD agents kidnapped young women from the city of Kabul and the areas of Darul Aman and Khair Khana, near the Soviet garrisons, to rape them. [252] The impact of the Stinger on the outcome of the war is contested, nevertheless some saw it more of a "force multiplier" and a morale booster. [209], During the conflict, Pakistan Air Force F-16 had shot down ten aircraft, belonging to Soviet Union, which had intruded into Pakistani territory. Ewans, Conflict in Afghanistan, p. 151; Marek Sliwinski, "Afghanistan: Decimation of a People". Similarly, Soviet Union also wanted to weaken Iran, which was another major U.S. ally, but without hurting its relations with Islamic countries. The remaining troops were generally of limited combat value. [61] According to political scientist Gilles Kepel, the Soviet intervention or "invasion" was "viewed with horror" in the West, considered to be a "fresh twist" on the geo-political "Great Game" of the 19th Century in which Britain feared that Russia sought access to the Indian Ocean and posed "a threat to Western security", explicitly violating "the world balance of power agreed upon at Yalta" in 1945. [192] In October 1984 the Soviet ambassador to Pakistan, Vitaly Smirnov, told Agence France Presse "that journalists traveling with the mujahidin 'will be killed. After the Saur Revolution in 1978, the Democratic Republic of Afghanistan was formed on April 27, 1978. The total irrecoverable personnel losses of the Soviet Armed Forces, frontier, and internal security troops came to 14,453. 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[310], Along with fatalities were 1.2 million Afghans disabled (mujahideen, government soldiers and noncombatants) and 3 million maimed or wounded (primarily noncombatants). Some of the navy's high-ranking admirals were responsible for storing those weapons in their depots. These "Afghan-Arabs" had a marginal impact on the jihad against the Soviets, but a much greater effect after the Soviets left and in other countries. It is featured in Call of Duty: Black Ops II in the campaign mission Old Wounds.Add a photo to this gallery This was also a war that Nikolai from the Modern Warfare series fought in. In the brutal nine-year conflict, an estimated one million civilians were killed, as well as 90,000 Mujahideen fighters, 18,000 Afghan troops, and 14,500 Soviet soldiers. [274][279], The UK 's role in the conflict entailed direct military involvement not only in Afghanistan, but the Central Asian republics of the Soviet Union. [101] The mysterious circumstances of Khyber's death sparked massive anti-Daoud demonstrations in Kabul, which resulted in the arrest of several prominent PDPA leaders.[102]. When the pro-Soviet Afghan Communists seized power in Afghanistan in 1978, relations between China and the Afghan communists quickly turned hostile. [241] This was first supplied in 1986; Wilson's good contact with Zia was instrumental in the final go-ahead for the Stinger introduction. Within three weeks of the invasion this was stepped up - cabinet secretary, Sir Robert Armstrong sent a note to Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, Secretary of State Peter Carrington and "C", the head of MI6 arguing the case for military aid to "encourage and support resistance". [227] As for Pakistan, the Soviet war with Islamist mujahideen was viewed as retaliation for the Soviet Union's long unconditional support of regional rival, India, notably during the 1965 and the 1971 wars, which led to the loss of East Pakistan. [209] In the year 1987, two PAF F-16 ambushed four Mig-23 who were bombing Mujahideen supply bases. "Night Letters Inside Wartime Afghanistan", 1992. p. 155, "The Aviation History", Florian Ion Petrescu, Relly Victoria Petrescu, 2012, p. 82, CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (. Communist lawmaker Nikolay Kharitonov hailed the decision as a victory for "historical truth". On 17 May 1986, two Pakistan Air Force (PAF) F-16 intercepted two Su-22M3K belonging to Democratic Republic of Afghanistan Air Force (DRAAF) near the Pakistani airspace. During his 1978 visit to Pakistan, Daoud Khan agreed to stop supporting anti-Pakistan militants and to expel any remaining militant in Afghanistan. The Soviet-Afghan War lasted nine years: it was Russia’s longest war in a century that also included a civil war, two world wars, and a number of international conflicts. Britain also directly trained Afghan forces, much of which was contracted out to private security firms, a policy cleared by the British Government. During this time the Interim Islamic Government of Afghanistan (IIGA) was established in exile. [13] The support all went to the Sunni Mujahideen, given that the Shiite Mujahideen had close ties to Iran at the time. The Soviets intervened in December 1979 after over a year of unsuccessful fighting against the anti-communist Mujahideen rebels, and in a war that lasted the duration of the 1980s, 175,000 Soviet … [367], Commemorating the intervention of December 25, 1979, in December 2009, veterans of the Soviet war in Afghanistan were honoured by the Duma or Parliament of the Russian Federation. [359] Principals in the 2001 attack—Osama Bin Laden, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed[366] – had both fought in Afghanistan, and bin Laden was a lieutenant of Abdullah Azzam. [282], The Chinese People's Liberation Army provided training, arms organisation and financial support. That committee then elected as head of government former Deputy Prime Minister Babrak Karmal, who had been demoted to the relatively insignificant post of ambassador to Czechoslovakia following the Khalq takeover, and announced that it had requested Soviet military assistance.[148]. In favorable circumstances such formations could quickly reach more than 10,000, as happened when large Soviet assaults were launched in the eastern provinces, or when the mujahideen besieged towns, such as Khost in Paktia province in July 1983. "[351] He preached the importance of jihad: "those who believe that Islam can flourish [and] be victorious without Jihad, fighting, and blood are deluded and have no understanding of the nature of this religion";[352] of not compromising: "Jihad and the rifle alone: no negotiations, no conferences and no dialogues";[353] and that Afghanistan was only the beginning: jihad would "remain an individual obligation" for Muslims until all other formerly-Muslim lands—"Palestine, Bukhara, Lebanon, Chad, Eritrea, Somalia, the Philippines, Burma, South Yemen, Tashkent, Andalusia"—were reconquered. Brzezinski, known for his hardline policies on the Soviet Union, became convinced by mid-1979 that the Soviets were going to invade Afghanistan regardless of U.S. policy due to the Carter administration's failure to respond aggressively to Soviet activity in Africa. A generation lost to war 11 Figure 3: Child combatants 11 Limits in war 14 Protection of civilians 14 Figure 4: Combatants and civilians 14 Figure 5: What combatants should not do 15 Figure 6: Basis for the norm 16 Figure 7: Acceptance of war practices 17 The teachings of Islam 18 Limits on weapons 19 Captured combatants at risk 22 The event panicked the Soviet ranks, changed the course of the war and helped to break up the USSR itself. ", Movement to contact and commitment to combat of reserve fronts, "The Soviet-Afghan war: a superpower mired in the mountains", "1986–1992: CIA and British Recruit and Train Militants Worldwide to Help Fight Afghan War", "Did the U.S. "Create" Osama bin Laden? Insurgent groups ("the Mujahideen") who received aid from several Western countries and … Secondly, the war created a breeding ground for terrorism and the rise of Osama bin Laden. However, these were theoretical figures: in reality each service was plagued with desertions, the army alone suffering 32,000 per year. Roy contrasts the social leadership of religious figures in the Persian- and Turkic-speaking regions of Afghanistan with that of the Pashtuns. [166], In the mid-1980s, the Afghan resistance movement, assisted by the United States, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, the United Kingdom, Egypt,[15] the People's Republic of China and others, contributed to Moscow's high military costs and strained international relations. There is a relative lack of studies on the Soviet war in Afghanistan in English, so this book is a welcome addition. [77] By the mid-1980s, the Soviet contingent was increased to 108,800 and fighting increased, but the military and diplomatic cost of the war to the USSR was high. [187], Reader's Digest took a highly positive view of the mujahideen, a reversal of their usual view of Islamic fighters. General Secretary Mohammed Najibullah's government, though failing to win popular support, territory, or international recognition, was able to remain in power until 1992. Many Western military analysts credit the Stinger with a kill ratio of about 70% and with responsibility for most of the over 350 Soviet or Afghan government aircraft and helicopters downed in the last two years of the war. The assumption among most Western diplomats was that the Soviet-backed government in Kabul would soon collapse; however, this was not to happen for another three years. [103] The Finnish scholar Raimo Väyrynen wrote about the so-called "Saur Revolution": "There is a multitude of speculations on the real nature of this coup. Finally, the Soviets used military forays into contested territories in an effort to root out the guerrillas and limit their options. From 2008 to 2014 "thousands of Shia" have been killed by Sunni extremists according to Human Rights Watch. As a result of continued resentment against Daoud's autocratic rule, close ties with the Soviet union and economic downturn, Daoud Khan was forced to resign. The Soviet–Afghan War lasted over nine years from December 1979 to February 1989. (After the Soviets left, training continued and "tens of thousands" from "some 40 nations" came to prepare for armed insurrections "to bring the struggle back home". On this day in 1851, a fire sweeps through the Library of Congress and destroys two-thirds of Thomas Jefferson’s personal literary collection. The mujahideen favoured sabotage operations. Kosygin was unfavorable to the proposal on the basis of the negative political repercussions such an action would have for his country, and he rejected all further attempts by Taraki to solicit Soviet military aid in Afghanistan. Due to its length, it has sometimes been referred to as the "Soviet Union's Vietnam War" or the "Bear Trap" by the Western media. The government was one with a pro-poor, pro-farmer socialist agenda. [350], When back in the volunteer camps and training centers that he helped set up around Peshawar, Pakistan, Azzam exercised a "strong influence. Kabul had achieved a stalemate that exposed the mujahideen's weaknesses, political and military. [298] By early 1980, attacks with chemical weapons were reported in "all areas with concentrated resistance activity". [96] Symbolic of the different backgrounds of the two factions were the fact that Taraki's father was a poor Pashtun herdsman while Karmal's father was a Tajik general in the Royal Afghan Army. [88] Daoud Khan also provided key government positions to Parcham faction of PDPA, which was led by Babrak Karmal. They would attack or raid quickly, then disappear into the mountains, causing great destruction without pitched battles. In the morning, the 103rd Guards 'Vitebsk' Airborne Division landed at the airport at Bagram and the deployment of Soviet troops in Afghanistan was underway. [citation needed] He also introduced in 1987 a policy of "national reconciliation," devised by experts of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union, and later used in other regions of the world. As midnight approached, the Soviets organized a massive military airlift into Kabul, involving an estimated 280 transport aircraft and three divisions of almost 8,500 men each. [216], The Soviet forces abducted Afghan women in helicopters while flying in the country in search of mujahideen. [228] In 1981, following the election of US President Ronald Reagan, aid for the mujahideen through Zia's Pakistan significantly increased, mostly due to the efforts of Texas Congressman Charlie Wilson and CIA officer Gust Avrakotos.[229][230]. All Rights Reserved. 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