dec 1, 1979 - Soviet Invasion of Afghanistan
The Soviet Union sent thousands of troops into Afghanistan and immediately assumed complete military and political control of Kabul and large portions of the country.
This event began a brutal, decade long attempt by Moscow to subdue the Afghanistan civil war and maintain a friendly and socialist government on its border.
It was a huge event of the Cold War, marking the only time the Soviet Union invaded a country outside the Eastern Bloc. A strategic decision met by nearly worldwide condemnation.
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Cold War Events