Afghanistan: The Great Game

John Burke, Khyber Pass, 1878

John Burke, Khyber Pass, 1878

The Ameer’s next step was receiving the Russian envoy with distinction at Cabul, well knowing that this would give umbrage to us.

Philip F. Walker, Afghanistan and Our Dealings With It (1885)

It can be confidently stated that the results of the official friendly visit of M. Daud to the Soviet Union will exert a favorable influence on the further development and strengthening of the close friendship and fruitful cooperation between our two countries for the good of the Soviet and Afghan peoples and in the interests of world peace.

KGB cipher Kabul, “Top Secret Attachment to the KGB Rezident,” (2 June 1974)

Moscow seeks to reclaim its geopolitical share of Afghanistan.

Ambassador Andrey Avetisyan, “Russia Invades Afghanistan – Again,” Newsweek (3 April 2010)

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