Soviet War in Afghanistan

Soviet Superpower

Russia 1985.0524

Soviet War in Afghanistan

The Cold War from the Soviet Union's view (24 May 1985)

Historical Map of Russia & the former Soviet Union

In 1979, the Soviet Union intervened in Afghanistan to support its new communist government against Islamist rebels. The result was a costly nine year war which added resurgent Islam to Moscow's long list of enemies.

Main Events

Iranian Revolution

Soviet Union begins invasion of Afghanistan in support of its Marxist government

Solidarity movement in Poland

Iraq invades Iran

Mikhail Gorbachev becomes General Secretary of the Communist Party and effective leader of the Soviet Union

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