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dec 1, 1979 - Soviet Invasion of Afghanistan

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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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dec 1, 1979
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~ 38 years ago

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