First, i address the oft-cited argument that the soviet intervention, while uncharacteristic and risky, was an urgently required defensive measure to prevent a after world war ii, the united states had not taken up britain's historical role in afghan affairs and had largely conceded the country to the soviet. Soviet invasion of afghanistan, invasion of afghanistan in late december 1979 by troops from the soviet union the soviet union intervened in support of the afghan communist government in its conflict with anticommunist muslim guerrillas during the afghan war (1978–92) and remained in afghanistan until mid-february. We argue that the war in afghanistan was a key factor, though not the only cause, in the breakdown of the soviet union the war impacted soviet politics in four reinforcing ways: (1) perception effects: it changed the perceptions of leaders about the efficacy of using the military to hold the empire together and to intervene in. Soviet-afghanistan war statistics soviet forces killed: 14,453 afghan forces killed: 18,000 peak strength of soviet troops: 115,000 peak strength of afghan troops: the soviet politburo decide to invade afghanistan due to fears of an iranian-style islamist revolution and news of amin's secret meetings with us diplomats in. In a very strong reaction to the december 1979 soviet military intervention into afghanistan, president jimmy carter requests that the senate postpone action on the salt-ii in what is described as the biggest air battle of the war to date, us air force f-4 phantom jets down seven communist mig-21s over north vietnam. Americans have for the past one century struggled with being imperialists the thing is that they love to rule the world but hate to take responsibility for it since at least the end of world war ii, america has messed with many a parts of the wo.
Bob martin/ap the us is ending its 13-year-old combat operation in afghanistan later this month but thirty-five years ago today, a small group of key players within the soviet union decided to commit the empire to military involvement in the country on dec 12, 1979, a resolution was presented to the. While the authoritarian soviet government took many measures to hide the reality of their war in afghanistan from their citizens, still the war was unpopular and helped erode the legitimacy of the soviet regime while the number of us casualties is still less than one-third what the soviets experienced, the. Perhaps this is why the us has historically chosen to fund rebels in afghanistan instead of immediately intervening themselves by inserting agents in the field, etc while the us supported afghani rebels against the soviets, their prescience did not reach far enough in the future to predict that the very elements they identified.
In may 1978, the insurgents found their first base in pakistan to train armed bands for combat in afghanistan brzezinski himself played a fundamental role in crafting us policy, which, unknown even to the mujahideen, was part of a larger strategy to induce a soviet military intervention. Nearly twenty-five years ago, the soviet union pulled its last troops out of afghanistan, ending more than nine years of direct involvement and occupation many of his fellow guerrillas battling the soviet-backed communist government don't like the american food and had been throwing it away.
The soviet union invaded afghanistan in 1979 and sparked a ten-year conflict lasting until 1989 learn more about the background of the conflict. The soviet (ussr) intervention in afghanistan from 1979-1989 was a long drawn out conflict that bled supposedly unending soviet resources, and ultimately helped in the cold war, afghanistan's situation in the global world was largely defined by the two superpowers, the soviet union and the united states of america. The soviet intervention in afghanistan was a costly and, ultimately, pointless war however, exactly why the red army wound the first soviet policy consisted of preparing the red army for a potential conventional and, probably, nuclear confrontation with the us secondly, moscow pledged to continue.
From the us perspective, the anti-soviet war in afghanistan began in 1978, when a coup d'état brought a communist regime to power in kabul 1) newsom , statement in meeting of 30 march 1979, paraphrased in gates (1996: 144) brzezinski to carter, “reflections on soviet intervention in afghanistan,” 26 december. Rarely does a country fight the same war twice in one generation even rarer is to fight it twice from opposite sides yet that is in many ways what america is doing today in afghanistan in the 1980s the cia engineered the largest covert operation in its history to defeat the soviet army in afghanistan working from a safe. The stinger missile and us intervention in afghanistan alan j kuperman like much cold war history, the landmark 1986 decision by the united states to arm the afghan mujahedin1 with stinger antiaircraft mis- siles-purportedly the first time american-made weapons were supplied to kill soviet troops-has been.
A country rarely fights the same war twice in one generation, especially from opposite sides yet that in many ways describes the us role in afghanistan today in the 1980s, the central intelligence agency, working from a safe haven in pakistan, engineered the largest covert operation in its history to help defeat the soviet. In march 1979, cia sent several covert action options relating to afghanistan to the scc [special coordination committee] of the united states the risk was that a substantial us covert aid program could raise the stakes and induce the soviets to intervene more directly and. Though afghanistan is less of a priority for washington than the conflict in syria, that does not preclude future increased us involvement in the country the afghanistan war was enormously costly for the soviet union, which withdrew in a stalemate in 1989, just two years before its collapse with the end. Thus, over the course of the 1980's, the soviet union poured in billions of dollars (us) into the war in afghanistan, and at its peak, more than 100,000 soviet soldiers were fighting in the country however, the afghan resistance (the mujahideen) was heavily supported by a wide variety of international actors, including the us.