The Soviet War in Afghanistan started in 1979 and ended in 1989. It was another Vietnam War with huge casualties and never ending. The Soviets wanted a “friendly” leader in Afghanistan while the U.S. wanted revenge for the Soviet support of VC in Vietnam.
Just another political war where people pay the price for senseless leader/government ambitions.
The U.S. supported the Afghan gorilla fighters with weapons and money. No U.S. troops were in any combat ops in Afghanistan. The CIA was covertly spending $30 million on arms in 1980 which increased to $630 million in 1987 in order to push the Soviet Union out. The CIA purchased arms from other countries in the region even from the Soviet Union. Corruption was everywhere.
Here’s some other interesting facts:
The U.S. offered two economic packages to support Pakistan’s role in the Soviet Afghanistan War. The 1st six-year package amounted to $3.2 billion and spanned from 1981 to 1987. It was comprised of “economic assistance” and military sales. The 2nd six-year package was $4.2 billion and divided between grants/loans with low interest and credit for military purchases. Another $20 million was funneled into Afghanistan for training.
Watch the movie, “Charlie Wilson’s War”. It’s the CIA involvement in the Soviet Afghan War….Operation Cyclone.
The United States spent huge sums of money on the Afghan fighters or better known as the Mujahideen. And the war went on for 10 years. So how much did the U.S. spend on this senseless war? …$$$$ BILLIONS. And what was the return or benefit??? Look at Afghanistan now.