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Why did the Soviets invade Afghanistan during the cold war?

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The Soviets invaded, at least in part, to provide support to the Parcham fraction of the Afghani Communist Party. Until the invasion, the People's Democratic Party of Afghanistan (PDPA) and thus the government of Afghanistan had been in the hands of the leaders of the Khalq faction. The Khalq faction had introduced progressive reforms including women's rights, something which the deeply Islamic Afghanis in rural areas did not agree with. The US government aided anti-government rebels in order to provoke Soviet military intervention and thus weaken their power. This idea worked, the Soviets invaded, but they had no victory. It was to the USSR what the Vietnam War is to the US.
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Why did the Soviets invade Afghanistan in 1979?

  according to a Russian friend, it was not drugs or religion. It was simply that the country was backwards, refused progression, and was easy to invade. The problem? you

Why did the Soviet Union invade Afghanistan?

In keeping with its previous suppression of rival political factions, the Soviets were likely intending a show of force to prop up the Afghan Communist regime. However, the Af