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Russia seeks to vindicate Afghan war, 30 years after pullout

Russian President Vladimir Putin has suggested that the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan was justified though riddled with mistakes. (AFP pic)MOSCOW: Soviet authorities themselves condemned the USSR’s bloody occupation of Afghanistan, but 30 years later some in Vladimir Putin’s Russia are coming to see the operation in a more positive light.
After a decade of military intervention to bolster Kabul’s embattled Communist government against Islamist fighters, the USSR finally pulled out its last units on Feb 15, 1989.
The withdrawal, ordered by Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev, was a humiliating defeat for the Union and helped lead to its collapse.
Mikhail Kozhukhov, who covered the …read more

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