The U. Since becoming the third U.
The following month, Russia hosted its own dialogue between the insurgent group and the Afghan High Peace Council. In both cases, however, the Taliban has continued to refuse to meet with the Kabul government, which it considers illegitimate. Senior Pentagon officials have told Newsweek that the U.
Hopes were high earlier this month after both sides appeared close to a deal following the last round of talks, but Khalilzad returned to Doha last week to "try and close on remaining issues. Moscow has also provided support for the Afghan government and has denied Washington's accusations of arming the Taliban as Russia worked alongside the U. At a press conference alongside his Indian counterpart, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said Wednesday that he "would like to attract other countries as well, including India, Pakistan and Iran. The top diplomat said any agreement in Afghanistan "will be based on the principle of national consensus and will exclude the threats of terrorism, extremism and drug trafficking," but Russia would "continue to provide assistance and equipment to the Afghan army and security forces" as "they have been unable to root out the terrorist threat on their own, which is why we must carry on our efforts in this sphere.
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This book examines Soviet forces in Afghanistan. The origins and conduct of the war and the operational organisation of Soviet forces are discussed. Afghan resistance and weaponry is also examined. A comprehensive study of both sides in the Afghan war. Get A Copy. Paperback , First Edition U.
Russia’s War in Afghanistan
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Community Reviews. Showing Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Sep 04, Filipe Amaral rated it it was amazing. This book is mainly outdated but it has its value a a historical document. The author makes a good job in presenting both sides, especially the many different Afghan guerrilla groups. The most interesting aspect, in my opinion, is the author's prediction the book was written in that the war would last some 20 years and that nobody ever won a war of atrittion against Russia Soviet Union at the time but the author keep calling it Russia ; the author also concedes that the Mujahideen are to This book is mainly outdated but it has its value a a historical document.
The most interesting aspect, in my opinion, is the author's prediction the book was written in that the war would last some 20 years and that nobody ever won a war of atrittion against Russia Soviet Union at the time but the author keep calling it Russia ; the author also concedes that the Mujahideen are tough fighters and should not be underestimated.
This book makes for a good journalistic account. The life of both sides were mainly miserable and the fighting was ruthless. The Soviets were unforgiving and used indiscriminate firepower in their search for the elusive "Dushman" "Phantoms" , but they not only killed civilians as collateral damage, they completely waped out villages to show the might of the Soviet Union in an attempt to cower the Afghan population; this "depopulation policy" did prevent the guerrillas from getting food and shelter in the affected regions but ultimately backfired as it hardened the anti-Soviet sentiment.
The DRA was a poorly trained, poorly equipped and poorly led fighting force. It is no surprise that its morale was low and their performance in battle was mainly ineffective.
The Mujahideen are a confuse lot of chieftains, ex-military, civilian-turned-guerrilla and CIA-trained militants. As the author says, the Afghans receive a gun when they are considered men but, regardless of their fanfarronic claimings, their marksmanship is poor. The discipline of the Mujahideen is also very poor, as its weapons handling; but he is determined and fanatical. The descentralized command structure of the anti-Soviet forces makes it difficult for both good cooperation and for the Soviets to crush the opposition.
At the time of writing the Afghans badly needed anti-air weapons to deal with the Soviet airmobile tactics and the Stingers were entering the battlefield. There is a plate showing a Soviet soldier wearing an NBC suit, as the Soviets used chemical weapons against the guerrillas and the civilian population alike. In another plate, a Mujahideen is hiding a tank stolen or bought from the DRA.
Both sides made extensive use of booby-traps; the Soviets booby-trapped pens because illiteracy was very high in Afghanistan, making the act of wearing a pen in your pocket a sign of status - meaning you can write and read. The Soviets also booby-trapped toys The Mujahideens bobby-trapped roads even beneath the concrete! There is a plate based in a picture of a dead Ukrainian parachute officer, with some commentary on the diary found in his body. The photographs are also good and the author appears in one of them examining an AK rifle with a group of Mujahideen guerrillas.
Overall this book is excellent for the time when it was written. For a book showing a more scholar view of the conflict and written decades after the end of the war with new Russian material , I recommend Osprey's "The Soviet-Afghan War " by Gregory Fremont-Barnes, published in James Dalziel rated it liked it Mar 24, Pedro rated it liked it Jan 27, Pablo rated it liked it Feb 16, Chad rated it liked it Feb 16, Tavena rated it it was amazing Aug 26, Anshuman rated it liked it Jan 10,