This weekend in 1989, the Soviet Union withdrew its last troops from Afghanistan after having occupied the country since 1979 with much resistance from the mujahideen. Civil war, refugee crises, and Taliban rule followed, then the United States struck the Taliban in response to the Sept. 11 attacks.
Magnum has a nice short history of Afghanistan in pictures. There are some really nice shots.Meanwhile, 140 Afghan civilians have died in the past two days, making it the deadliest span since the Taliban was ousted in 2001. When will this country see peace? The coalition of predominately Western forces don’t seem to be bringing much peace.