30 Years Since Soviet Army Left Afghanistan [60 photos]

30 Years Since Soviet Army Left Afghanistan [60 photos]

This February it is 30 years since Soviet Union withdrawed their forces from Afghanistan after almost 10 year military presence and engaging in active war in this country. Many Russian soldiers died there, many were wounded, and many still to this day meet in February to remember their friends and their life in this Southern place. Here are some photos to remember how it all was back then.

30 Years Since Soviet Army Left Afghanistan [60 photos]

Kabul – capital of Afghanistan, Russia supplied them with electric trolleybuses in 1979.

30 Years Since Soviet Army Left Afghanistan [60 photos]

Kabul, Soviet army blocked traffic in 1980.

30 Years Since Soviet Army Left Afghanistan [60 photos]

Soviet mortar squad changing position.

30 Years Since Soviet Army Left Afghanistan [60 photos]

Afghan citizens flee from war across the mountains.

30 Years Since Soviet Army Left Afghanistan [60 photos]

Soviet crashed Mi-8 helicopter and mujahideens – opposing Islam force in Afghanistan.

30 Years Since Soviet Army Left Afghanistan [60 photos]

Soviet soldiers captured by mujahideen. 1981

30 Years Since Soviet Army Left Afghanistan [60 photos]

30 Years Since Soviet Army Left Afghanistan [60 photos]

Soviet supply train going to Afghanistan from USSR.

30 Years Since Soviet Army Left Afghanistan [60 photos]

Soviet forces in Afghanistan

30 Years Since Soviet Army Left Afghanistan [60 photos]

Soviet tactical dog

30 Years Since Soviet Army Left Afghanistan [60 photos]

Mi 8 helicopter with Afghanistan huge statues on the background. Later Taliban probably destroyed those statues.

30 Years Since Soviet Army Left Afghanistan [60 photos]

30 Years Since Soviet Army Left Afghanistan [60 photos]

Mi-24 helicopters escorting a Russian envoy

30 Years Since Soviet Army Left Afghanistan [60 photos]

Military parade supporting Afghanistan revolution 5 anniversary in Kabul Afghanistan in 1983

30 Years Since Soviet Army Left Afghanistan [60 photos]

US president Reagan meeting Mujaheedin in White House. One of their leaders was also Osama Bin Laden.

30 Years Since Soviet Army Left Afghanistan [60 photos]

Mi-26 delivered a BTR to position.

30 Years Since Soviet Army Left Afghanistan [60 photos]

Afghanistan, school in Kabul Afghanistan

30 Years Since Soviet Army Left Afghanistan [60 photos]

Soviet helicopters in Afghanistan

30 Years Since Soviet Army Left Afghanistan [60 photos]

Mujaheedin and their leader Ahmad Shah Massoud. Was a ministry of Defense of Afghanistan and in 1990s (after Soviet withdrawal). Killed in 2001.

30 Years Since Soviet Army Left Afghanistan [60 photos]

Soviet soldiers in Afghanistan

30 Years Since Soviet Army Left Afghanistan [60 photos]

30 Years Since Soviet Army Left Afghanistan [60 photos]

Attack on Russian convoy on the road in Afghanistan, real combat.

30 Years Since Soviet Army Left Afghanistan [60 photos]

Mi-8

30 Years Since Soviet Army Left Afghanistan [60 photos]

30 Years Since Soviet Army Left Afghanistan [60 photos]

Young Islam warrior

30 Years Since Soviet Army Left Afghanistan [60 photos]

Mujaheedin carry disassembled Soviet DSHK machine gun to the mountains.

30 Years Since Soviet Army Left Afghanistan [60 photos]

Mujaheedn briefing

30 Years Since Soviet Army Left Afghanistan [60 photos]

Them mining a road after briefing probably

30 Years Since Soviet Army Left Afghanistan [60 photos]

Two opposing forces. Number one

30 Years Since Soviet Army Left Afghanistan [60 photos]

And number two.

30 Years Since Soviet Army Left Afghanistan [60 photos]

30 Years Since Soviet Army Left Afghanistan [60 photos]

Landing operation from Mi-8 copters.

30 Years Since Soviet Army Left Afghanistan [60 photos]

Soviet scout with a trophy foreign rifle.

30 Years Since Soviet Army Left Afghanistan [60 photos]

Islam anti air force in Afghanistan

30 Years Since Soviet Army Left Afghanistan [60 photos]

Village totally destroyed during battle between USSR/Islam mujaheedin.

30 Years Since Soviet Army Left Afghanistan [60 photos]

Soviet soldiers smoke near airport in Kabul

30 Years Since Soviet Army Left Afghanistan [60 photos]

Kabul 1986

30 Years Since Soviet Army Left Afghanistan [60 photos]

Five Russian soldiers who defected from the army and got captured, later released and arrived to Canada, making a press conference.

30 Years Since Soviet Army Left Afghanistan [60 photos]

A Mujaheedin with American “Stinger” rocket – one shot one million dollars, but very effective against Soviet airforce as it is self guided – follows the thermal trace of the aircraft.

30 Years Since Soviet Army Left Afghanistan [60 photos]

Soviet soldiers on positions

30 Years Since Soviet Army Left Afghanistan [60 photos]

30 Years Since Soviet Army Left Afghanistan [60 photos]

Soviet Spetznaz and first trophy “Stingers”

30 Years Since Soviet Army Left Afghanistan [60 photos]

Soviet burned vehicles

30 Years Since Soviet Army Left Afghanistan [60 photos]

30 Years Since Soviet Army Left Afghanistan [60 photos]

Su-25 airplane after hit by “Stinger” rocket.

30 Years Since Soviet Army Left Afghanistan [60 photos]

30 Years Since Soviet Army Left Afghanistan [60 photos]

30 Years Since Soviet Army Left Afghanistan [60 photos]

30 Years Since Soviet Army Left Afghanistan [60 photos]

Soviet “Pinochion” canon could should multiple rockets at once

30 Years Since Soviet Army Left Afghanistan [60 photos]

May 1988 – some Soviet troops already returning home

30 Years Since Soviet Army Left Afghanistan [60 photos]

30 Years Since Soviet Army Left Afghanistan [60 photos]

US congressman Charles Willson shooting trophy Soviet machine gun in Afghanistan 1988.

30 Years Since Soviet Army Left Afghanistan [60 photos]

30 Years Since Soviet Army Left Afghanistan [60 photos]

Afghanistan mujaheedin with a plastic bag from grocery store from… FINLAND!

30 Years Since Soviet Army Left Afghanistan [60 photos]

30 Years Since Soviet Army Left Afghanistan [60 photos]

“Bye Bye Afghanistan”

30 Years Since Soviet Army Left Afghanistan [60 photos]

30 Years Since Soviet Army Left Afghanistan [60 photos]

30 Years Since Soviet Army Left Afghanistan [60 photos]

“I am home, Mama”

But some could never do it.

 

9 thoughts on “30 Years Since Soviet Army Left Afghanistan [60 photos]”

  1. the price of a stinger is currently ‘only’ 38000$, not 1 million . a cruise missile used to cost 1 million $, before ‘improvements’ . Цена ракеты Stinger на данный момент составляет «всего» 38000 долларов, а не 1 миллион. Крылатая ракета раньше стоила 1 миллион долларов, до «улучшения».

  2. One of those countries which was bombed back into stone age by US imperialism after the people there voted for a socialist government. Few people understand that this was never an act of sovjet imperialism due to the typical rewriting of history. Instead the sovjet forces came because the socialist government asked for help against the radicalised taliban already financed by the US. It is fairly easy to find radical groups in every country ready to be activated…

  3. The Russian People helped these Muslims with Infrastructure and These Afghans said screw you to the Russians and now they’re getting Murdered by U.S Drug addicted Soldiers. Funny how Karma works.

  4. Afghanistan will never be a peaceful or friendly country. I know a lot of people who served there during military missions and everybody claims that it is one big Islamic wilderness. Perhaps the Soviets did not have good intentions, but tried to civilize everything, give them the opportunity to develop. They built roads, schools, hospitals, houses. And what happened next? The Americans and the company came only for the resources of rare minerals, and when they took what they wanted, they fled home, leaving Afghanistan to themselves. And today it is the source of many problems – terrorists, drug production, asylum for bandits from around the world. If someone plans to invade the country again, at least this time should eliminate the Taliban to zero. Though radical Islam is perhaps a worse problem.

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