The Army of Herod the Great (Men-at-Arms 443) by Samuel Rocca, Christa Hook

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A generation of boys over the period from 1983 to 1995 went through these schools as students or talibs. a boy born in afghanistan from 1975 to 1985 could spend all of his childhood and school years in refugee camps and madrassas in Pakistan. Young Afghan boys study the Quran at a madrassa. indd 49 9/13/10 11:18 AM 50 AfghAnistAn WAr to two. By December 1994, convoys started coming through. The Taliban regime was under way. Afghan students, some 12,000 to 20,000, flooded in from Pakistan to join the Taliban.

S. trouble in vietnam. ” A remnant of the failed Soviet occupation in the 1980s, this abandoned and ruined Russian T-55B MBT tank sits near Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan. (Department of Defense) Because the mujahideen usually fought close to home, they could get food, water, and shelter easily. Relatives would take in the wounded and care for them. 303 rifles left over from World War I or even Martini-Henry rifles from the 1880s. When the United States first supplied the mujahideen, they bought up stocks of these old weapons and sent them in through Pakistan.

With both the Afghans and the Soviet soldiers thinking of the Soviet army as invaders rather than liberators, the war became very unpopular in the Soviet Union. Civilians did not welcome home the Soviet veterans who returned. Prominent outspoken critics of the Soviet regime highlighted rumors of Soviet atrocities in Afghanistan. Inside the Soviet Union, in the Central Asian republics like Tajikistan and Uzbekistan, the fact that the Soviet army was fighting against neighboring Muslims helped fuel a rise in Islamic fundamentalism.

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