Soviet veteran urges Afghan pullout

Ex-soldier tells Al Jazeera about his many struggles while fighting in Afghanistan in 1980s.


    US-led forces have now been in Afghanistan for 3,338 days, the same number of days as the Soviet troops in the 1980s during their unsuccessful occupation of the country.

    Afghanistan has been referred to as the 'Graveyard of Empires' as it has never been successfully conquered by a foreign army.

    Many military veterans who had fought with the Soviet Union's army against the Mujahideens in Afghanistan have been left with entrenched emotional scars due to the war.

    In an exclusive interview, a Russian veteran has told Al Jazeera his heartwrenching account of the Soviet conflict and called on the US-led forces to withdraw from the country.

    SOURCE: Al Jazeera


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    The shocking story of Israel's disappeared babies

    The shocking story of Israel's disappeared babies

    New information has come to light about thousands of mostly Yemeni children believed to have been abducted in the 1950s.

    Stories from the sex trade

    Stories from the sex trade

    Dutch sex workers, pimps and johns share their stories.

    Inside the world of India's booming fertility industry

    Inside the world of India's booming fertility industry

    As the stigma associated with being childless persists, some elderly women in India risk it all to become mothers.