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Afghanistan: Intervention

What is most important to the history of the world? The Taliban or the collapse of the Soviet empire? Some stirred-up Moslems or the liberation of Central Europe and the end of the cold war? Zbigniew Brzezinski, Le Nouvel Observateur (15-21 January 1998) When we moved into Afghanistan almost eight years ago—and with a very […]

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Afghanistan: The Microrayons of Kabul

In the last seven years, a small city of concrete apartment buildings and shops has risen on the outskirts of Kabul, not far from the airport. It is the Soviet district, a miniature Moscow that is the center of a separate and reclusive world occupied by the thousands of Soviet civilians who live and work […]

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Afghanistan: Aid

The Russians have gone skilfully about the job. Without waiting for specific Afghan requests for aid, they planked down some offers. The Afghans promptly chose just the flashy and low-cost projects the Russians wanted them to: street paving in dusty Kabul, gleaming petroleum tanks, grain silos, bakeries. Most Afghans were impressed by these tangible achievements. […]

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Afghanistan: The Great Game

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 […]

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