The Effects of the Soviet and American Invasions in Afghanistan

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  • President Daoud is killed!

    Afghan President Daoud is assassinated in a coup by the Peoples Democratic Party of Afghanistan (PDPA) in the Presidential Palace.
  • Another One Bites the Dust

    President Taraki is murdered by Prime Minister Amin, who begs the Soviets to enter Afghanistan and put an end to rebellion against the communist policies of the PDPA.
  • The Soviet Invasion begins!

    The Soviet Union (USSR) land troops in Kabul and organise a coup to get a communist party headed by Barbrak Karmal after they realize Amin is to radical.
  • Soviets Increase their Troops

    15 months into the invasion, the Soviets decided to increase the occupation force from 75,000 to 120,000.
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    U.S Missile Support

    The United States starts to discreetly supply the mujahedeen (rebel fighters) with state of the art Stinger surface-to-air missiles.
  • The Soviet Union leaves

    The last Soviet troops return to Russia and the 10 year Soviet-Afghan war ends, but turmoil continues in Afghanistan.
  • Terrorist Attack!

    Bombs explode at American embassies in Nairobi, Kenya and Tanzania killing 200 people and injuring thousands. Terrorist group Al-Qaeda takes responsibility.
  • 9/11 Attacks

    Al-Qaeda terrorists hijack three planes and crash them into the World Trade Centre and the Pentagon, killing thousands. Another plane heading for the White House crashes in Pennsylvania.
  • Osama bin Laden is killed.

    Osama bin Laden is killed in a Navy SEAL raid on his Abbottabad Compound in Pakistan.
  • US President starts to withdraw troops.

    US President Barrack Obama announces plans to withdraw 33,000 troops from Afghanistan by the end of 2012.
  • The War on Terror begins

    The United States starts the bombing and invasion of Afghanistan.
  • BIBLIOGRAPHY (Date accessed- 21/08/13)
    • Johnson, P. 2002. People and Places Volume One. World Book Encyclopedia, pp. 10-15. (Date accessed 21/08/13) (Date accessed 21/08/13) (Date accessed 29/08/13)