Hard lessons as Afghanistan withdrawal nears

Russian diplomat warns against a repeat of the Soviet pullout in 1989, which is widely seen as a disaster.

    Most international troops are withdrawing from Afghanistan this year.

    After 12 years of a US-led invasion, parallels are being drawn with the Soviet exit decades ago. That withdrawal is now widely seen as a disaster.

    A Russian diplomat warned that forgetting Afghanistan altogether combined with pulling the troops could mean more problems for the international community. 

    Al Jazeera's Bernard Smith reports from Kabul.

    SOURCE: Al Jazeera


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