Afghanistan: Going in Circles
Twenty years since the withdrawal of Soviet forces from Afghanistan, Russia once again enters the country. This time it’s the RT crew seeking those who have personal memories of the deadliest armed conflict of the 1980s.
The Soviet Vietnam… the War that Spawned Al-Qaeda… this conflict has many names, but no matter what you call it, the ten years of fratricidal civil war that for many ended in different wings of a common graveyard should never be forgotten.
Former Soviet soldier Gennady Tsevma was an Afghani captive for years, but now he lives in the country freely with a wife and four kids. Mukhametdin was among those, who considered the country’s Marxist-Leninist ruling party a departure from the truth and fought against it.
RT finds those who fought on both sides to learn how the war has affected their lives.
With NATO forces operating in Afghanistan for eight years already, and still short of establishing law and order in the country, a look back 20 years may provide some answers.