Soviets Invade Afghanistan
 

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Soviets Invade Afghanistan
Soviet troops poured into Afghanistan to support Hafizullah Amin, who had recently unseated Mohammed Taraki. The Soviets quickly sent 40,000 troops but were unable to put down the rebellion launched by Taraki loyalists. The United States and Islamic countries began giving aid to the rebels who were called the Mujahedeen. Afghanistan soon became the Soviet Vietnam, tying up ever greater numbers of Soviet troops and resulting in countless body bags being sent back to Russia.