The War in Afghanistan

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Twenty eight years ago Russian army has entered Afghanistan. They stayed there for 9 years and more than 15,000 Russian soldiers were lost dead, much more were wounded or had psychological problems in their civil life later. The troops that were fighting against Russian army at that times were actively supported by Pakistan and Western World as an opposing effort of the Free World against the Evil Empire – USSR.
One of the most notable leaders supporting the rebels against the “Russian oppression” in Afghanistan was a Western supported Osama Bin-Laden. A few years later, when there were nobody to fight against in Afghanistan he found new victims for his fight. Now in the Free Western World that supported him before, with all the tactical skills his people were studied by Western instructors. In Russia there is a proverb, something like “Don’t dig a hole for someone else, as you will fall into it yourself”, some Russian soldiers found that it was true in this occasion, after learning that those guy they fought for years, took over the Afghanistan after they left and started to fight now against his supporters.

These are photos from that time when the Russian army was still there, mainly from private archives.

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87 thoughts on “The War in Afghanistan”

  1. Shah rule was not very progressive, but it was much more peaceful. Soviet intervention ruined the peace and balance of power was lost. Shah hold not too Islamic rule, but still Islamic. Balanced rule. Soviet occupation forced Islam to grow because religious feelings gave to people overwhelmed by supreme Soviet army moral to fight for. Logic like that: “Why Soviet army invaded Afghanistan?” “Because people were not following Islam in right way anymore” “How to free country from Soviet occupation?” “To be more religious, to fight to death for Islam and Afghanistan” – Now younger generations have grown more religious because Soviet intervention and unfortunately are fighting against secular world order and growing opium to Western markets.

    • If that is true than you must include the Great Game British attempts to colonise Afghanistan and Natos current campain in Afghanistan too.

    • Not only that but i beloeve you are wrong in that. Afghanistan and it’s islamic people have their very own traditions and religious beliefs that everyone of them has to follow so it doesn’t make that much difference, on the other hand America destabilizing and distansing away Ukraine from Russia has a big impact on Russia, not only does it prevent economic and political relations between Ukraine and Russia but eventually turn virtally same poeple against each other. Having said that ofcourse half of the Ukrainian population in the eastern areas will always feel more Russian while the western parts will become anti-Russian and this will and always have created opposition and political unsureness inside the country in a sence of a lost direction of movement, to the east or to the west.

        • I know, you are right, I am sick of this conspiracy, even my anti-spam word was “Russian”, I don’t want to be Russian anymore. On the other hand those Ukrainians are really Russians, and therefore it was Russians starving Russians.

          • It was not Russian starving Russians or Ukrainians. It was Russian, Ukrainian and other soviet people dying of hunger, whiich is, agree, a bit different.

  2. What was the reasoning behind the original Russian invasion? Its a wasteland with nothing but mountains, rocks, and militia. There is almost no oil, their only exports are drugs, and the moon has a better climate. Who in their right mind would want to put any resources into this country?

    Didn’t Tom Hanks just do a movie about this?

    • It is fairly simple. Soviet goverment was spreading the idea of communism, in same way Americans are spreading their idea of capitalism today. It was always about power…

    • “What was the reasoning behind the original Russian invasion?”

      Regime change. They believed the pro-Soviet fanatical communist leader Amin was a secret CIA agent.

      “Its a wasteland with nothing but mountains, rocks, and militia.”

      Strategic position between Russia, Iran, China and India (/Pakistan).

      • I’m reminded about a Bible verse that says, “I AM AGAINST THEE O GOG, CHIEF PRINCE OF MESHACK (MOSCOW) AND TUBAL (TOBOLSK). ” I specifically like when it says that all that will be left of your army will be BURIED in Israel. Oh, and that proverb that say something about digging a hole for us to fall into…the above verse mentions the hole your digging in Iran…enjoy

        • Wow. Another good soul victimized by an organized religion and brain washed by the US media.

          Its funny and sad at the same time.

  3. Go and watch this movie

    Charlie Wilson’s war [indeed with Tom Hanks]. Based on the actual events over there.

    A reminder: the best helmsman are always ashore.

    • ааа да она не такая красивая всё равно, Анна как её блин, из группы Блестящии на мой взлад красивее

      • Эммм… я чего-то не вкуриваю. Вы о чём?
        Белоснежки, Блестящие — каким они здесь боком?

  4. The Soviets were only fighting to help the Afghan communist leader who was about to be overthrown. If Svoiet Union would win, it would win against the islamist extremist groups and replace the Afghan system back to communism.

  5. Yes, but it seems like Amerca is using terrorism partly to it’s advantage in terms of international intervention and increase of economic and political influence.

  6. For crying out loud, anybody here know something called “History Books witouth ideology in it”.

    USSR invasion of Afghanistan was their last try to set a foothold in the Middle East and control the oil flux from it.
    They try it in the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s and failed every time.

    No wonder that after this failure either, USSR collapsed (alright, there’s much more in this, but I wonder what will happend to the world if URSS effectively control a large portion of that area).

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    • I think if they were going after oil they probably would have invaded a country with actual oil! Take your own advice and read a history book. The war was an ideology war.

  7. This is the birth of the Taliban and al-Kaeda. The outcome of this conflict would have been much different if the USA stayed out of it, and by not financing or arming these ferocious beasts.

    • It was in fact JIMMY CARTER who provided the initial four hundred million in funding to Osama, and it was Reagan who, in a 1985 press conference, referred to Osama as a freedom fighter.

      You cannot kill the messenger simply because you don’t like the message, unless of course you agree with old Soviet form of free expression. Maybe you should help rebuild old system.

  8. What I heard when I was younger, one of the reasons was that Soviet needed a sea port in the southern region into the Indian ocean for strategic reasons. It is a very long way to travel with ships all away around.

    • Comment by Dexter Peyton
      2008-02-19 19:54:18

      Note: The outcome of USA involvement will be the same as USSR.Collapse of country………..

      —Perfect for the globalist elites (not all of them American)
      to set up their precious world government.

  9. Remind me again, what is US troops doing in Afghanistan?


      Except for the Persians in 500 BC., Alexander the Great in 300 BC., Arabs in the 7th century, the Turkish Ghaznavids in the 10th century, Tsingis Khan and his mongols in 1219, Timur Lenk the century after that, and then Persia again the 18th century…

      The British and the Russians were the only ones who tried and DIDN’T manage to conquer Afghanistan.

  10. Like I said, we dug the hole, they fell in and now we fell in after them.
    I don’t think there is anything wrong with that statement.
    Sorry if the truth hurts a little.

    You know the phrase “my country right or wrong”??

    “My country, right or wrong; if right, to be kept right; and if wrong, to be set right.”

    Go sell jingoism somewhere else, we’re all stocked up here.

  11. The war for control of that part of the world has nothing to do with patriotism, religion or human rights.

    Afghanistan produces over 90% of the world’s opium supply.

  12. You’re wrong, USSR come to Afghanistan not to conquer. Army entered for help the communist leader to take control of entire county.

  13. Osama was not associated with the CIA program to arm the Muj. He was involved with a completely separate organization, raising funds from wealthy arabs.

  14. Soviet soldiers after serving in Afganistan after returning home used to tell how they were hanging Afgans at the barrels of their tanks.

    The idea was that, reportedly, soul of a Muslim will not enter Paradise if he has died through hanging. So demonstration of hanging or threat of doing so were used to intimidate locals and to squeeze out information.

  15. 1. I believe they were trying to take over the Mid-East, and Pakistan or Iran could’ve been next…

    2. Isn’t Afghanistan a paradox in history? So many nations have conquered it, but none have been able to hold onto it. A fierce, determined people, coupled with the forbidding terrain as shown in the pics, has made a headache for all occupiers. Not to mention that the invaders couldn’t give it their full attention. The Soviets were frustrated by US-backed forces. The US, now, probably had the best chance at domination, but we came to forget about it and turn our attention to Iraq. We’re still doing good there, but the Taliban comes back every Spring, and the US will probably just leave, eventually. Who blessed that country in ancient times to make them so independent?

    -Smarkflea, Kansas, USA

  16. I was in CCCR in 1987 and visited Uzbekistan. Went to a disco in the park in Tashkent and young guys on leave from the front were dancing and drinking. Russian men dance with each other. Interesting. I felt so sorry for them, having to go back to battle the wolves that my country was supporting.

    Now my countrymates are there, and even worse, in Iraq, ignorantly playing fat cats games with their blood.

    Hey, the Coviets were trying to bring civilization to a backwards country just like we think we are doing. Do we build schools for girls only to see them blown up? So did the Coviets, same thing.

    Wacked out anti-russian jingoists, do you think the world is better off with Jihad instead of Cold War?

  17. As I recall it it, someone ran off with the national treasury, be that what it was, destabilizing the whole country. I could imagine it happening elsewhere, again? Probably not, if the UN can stop it or intervene. I wonder did they catch the guy and the find the money? At first the 9/11 was thought a money exchange grab, $110 missing in hard currency run by a Russian businessman. But hay, look there was all the money, the press reported. Many Australians were worried, it supplied real currency to the financial world when needed, mostly not needed there, everything is done in electrons and photons these days. Damn the photon torpedoes…full speed ahead.

  18. Given the hard lesson learnt by the Russians, it is hard to believe that the US would choose to ‘liberate’Iraq after 911. No one should know better than the US that once they got into Iraq, they will experience the same situation the Russians did in Afghanistan.

    Interesting also that the USSR lost its might and slowly disintegrated after their unsuccessful invasion in Afghanistan. Will US follow the same footstep??

  19. what is the soldier in picture 47 fireing? is it some kind of anti aircraft gun? if anyone knows the name of the gun pls reply.

  20. “I knew that the initial ops in Afgan. were supported by the CIA and they supported Osama to push out the Russians. Plenty of Americans know that.”

    “Plenty of Americans” must be wrong, then.

  21. When was the election held and why did I not get the memo that I was chosen as the speaker for all America. Go suck a tailpipe and worry about your own mental deficiences which are legend.

  22. Without a doubt, correct.
    A certain one or two people here think I speak for my country. I love my country but don’t presume to speak for it.
    Every country has its faults.
    It’s only when a society refuses to address their faults that a nation collapses.

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  24. I like the photos but(!) to be correct, you should mention that a lot of ethnic Romanians from Bessarabia were sent to die in Afghanistan for a war that wasn’t theirs.

    For both who doesn’t know, the Romanian region Bessarabia (Eastern Moldova) alongside with Bucovina were taken by USSR after the Nazi-USSR treaty signed by Ribentropp and Molotov on August 23rd 1939 and never returned.

    Since then, many of the the inhabitants were displaced to Siberia and the area was forcefully re-populated with Russians.

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  26. Hmmm alot of these comments are very disturbing. Some of this anti russian rhetoric can only have once source. American Jews or Israeli Extremist.

    New Russia is doing great! 1991 was the re-birth of a great country that has been suppressed by jewish communism too long!

    Welcome back.

    • Correction, the guy on thye picture nr 16 in not Alar Nigul. His name is Oleg Ogijenko. He was serving in the same speznaz (411) Batalljon in Farah Rud but he arrived half a year later (1987) after my demobilisation.
      Thank you for nice words abouit my book.

  27. The soldier standing alone on the 16th picture is estonian Alar Nigul. Just finished his book about war in Afghanistan from his point of view. Very good literature!

  28. Correction, the guy on thye picture nr 16 in not Alar Nigul. His name is Oleg Ogijenko. He was serving in the same speznaz (411) Batalljon in Farah Rud but he arrived half a year later (1987) after my demobilisation.
    Thank you for nice words abouit my book.
    Alar Nigul

  29. Na most mi vagyunk ott, próbáljuk eltakarítani a jenkik által kavart nagy szart. A szerencsétlen afgánok meg már harminc éve biztosan háborúznak! Egy egész generáció ebben nőtt föl. Éppen az idén van harminc éve a szovjet bevonulásnak. Tíz évig küzdött a szovjet hadsereg, valamit legalább építettek. Most nyolc éve ott a NATO, és semmi eredménye, legfeljebb annyi, hogy Pakisztán is kezd kicsúszni a kezeikből. Vanitatum vanitas…

  30. why are we fighting a war that we will not win as we are not been given the weapons we need cutting back on forces in uk to supply the war in afganistan is wrong. helicopters in fours years wow by then labour will be in again and repeat ww2 tha start of, we have a piece of paper. no pull us out, or give the forces the weapons NOW

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  32. Interesting only thing which you forgot to mention is that Americans left Afgans high and dry. No school, no funds, no health to a nation who fought Americans war and defeated thier evil empire USSR

    Toms Hanks’s movie Charlie Wilson War sums up whole thing quite nicley.

  33. Ill be short – wherever you, the motherfking soviets go, you always bring your misery, torture, death and this soviet mixture of drunken dumbness and poverty.


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