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date: 19 June 2021

Afghanistan–US Relations 

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The Oxford Encyclopedia of the History of American Foreign Relations
Author(s):
Paul D. MillerPaul D. Miller

The Soviet–Afghan War (1979–1989) was the last of the three major Cold War military confrontations, after the Korean War and the Vietnam War, which involved one of the superpowers as a principal to the conflict. Like the wars in Korea and Vietnam, the superpower rivalry played out on the territory of a poor, underdeveloped host nation that suffered almost all the devastation and casualties. The Cold War rivalry was overlaid on top of an indigenous civil war that outlasted the Cold War itself. Unlike Korea and Vietnam, however, the Soviet–Afghan War had strategic consequences both for the course of the Cold War and the shape of the post-Cold War world.... ...

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