Why did the USSR invade Afghanistan? The end of the Cold War, 1979-91

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  • Why did the USSR invade Afghanistan?

    The end of the Cold War, 1979-91

  • Why did the Soviets invade?1979, USSR invaded Afghanistan, claiming it had been invited in to restore order..

  • Why did the Soviets invade? DoctrineUSSR version of Domino Theory.Close to Middle East oil

  • How successful was the invasion?Soviet killed & wounded by Mujaheddin by:..Isolated USSR & strengthened US-Sino relationsGorbachev retreated in

  • How did Afghanistan affect East-West relations?President Carter described Soviet invasion as US:...Moscow Olympic medalLos Angeles Olympic medal

  • Other U.S. ResponsesSenate refused to ratify SALT 2 treatyPresident Reagan described USSR as the

    US increased defense budget464 Cruise missiles positioned in EuropeSDI - Star Wars

  • What was the human cost? million Afghan refugees million Afghan deathsFood shortages due to deaths & destruction of farmland Soviet soldiers died

  • Legacy of WarSoviet would later become enemies of the USAfghanis fought a civil war among themselves until Apr Some Mujahideen would ally with took over in & imposed strict Shariah law

  • Osama bin LadenOsama bin Laden recruited and funded1988, bin Laden split from the Mujahideen & formed a new group.

    Desert Storm, U.S. presence in Saudi Arabia infuriated bin Laden .