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Soviets pull out of Afghanistan Soviets pull out of Afghanistan
by The Ovi Team
2018-02-15 11:49:44
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February 15th 1989; Soviet troops withdrawn from Afghanistan, nine years after they swept into the country. A convoy of Soviet armoured vehicles travelled the 260-mile (418km) journey to the USSR border while other soldiers left aboard an Ilyushin 76 transport aircraft. Earlier, the Soviet government had announced the departure of the last troops although snow had delayed a five-day airlift from the Afghan capital Kabul. The journey is especially dangerous on the Salang Pass through the Hindu Kush Mountains, where more than 10,000 mujahedeen operate. The mujahedeen - Afghan Islamic fighters - have been involved in heavy battles to try to force a Soviet retreat. Huge snow drifts are blocking the southern approaches to the pass, while the descent on the northern side is a wall of ice.




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