The Soviet-Afghan War ( 1978-1989) During the 1970s, communism and nationalism experienced a thundering expansion. The sovereign states of Indochina become exponents of the Soviet Block, while in South America and Africa, the socialist ideology gains even more ground, sparking a pronounced revolutionary climate.
The Soviet-Afghan war was driven by the persistent personalities of US National Security Advisor, Zbigniew Brzezinski, his puppet president, Jimmy Carter, and Soviet leader, Leonid Brezhnev. The Soviet invasion of Afghanistan flipped Cold War politics on its head.
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The news brought with it the surmise that this was a war that Afghanistan, a disunited country with limited military resources, would not stand up to the military might of the Soviet Union, leading to the foregone conclusion that in a short while of time, Afghanistan would become another satellite country of the Soviet Union, joining the many satellite countries like Czechoslovakia, Poland.
The second phase of Soviet-Afghan War occurred between 1980 and 1985. During this period the Soviet Union was occupying the cities and main axis of communication. However, the Mujahedeen split into small groups and “waged a guerrilla war” (Soviet War in Afghanistan 1).
The United States and the Soviet-Afghan War In December of 1970 the Soviet Union invaded Afghanistan with a force of 30,000 troops in order to assist the communist government and setup a client state (“Soviet Invasion of Afghanistan”).
The Soviet Afghan War ended when the Soviets left the territory, where as the Vietnam War continued after the United States left South Vietnam to fight the war by itself. After the United States left the territory South Vietnam was able to hold off North Vietnam for 2 years until the North Vietnamese troops took over Saigon, which now goes by the name of Ho Chi Minh City.
In the brutal nine-year conflict, an estimated one million civilians were killed, as well as 90,000 Mujahideen fighters, 18,000 Afghan troops, and 14,500 Soviet soldiers. Civil war raged after the.