April 28th, 2010
09:39 AM ET

Afghans commemorate victory over Soviets

Amid helicopter gunships overhead, men danced and Afghan National Army troops marched during a Kabul ceremony on Wednesday to mark the 1992 toppling of the Soviet-backed regime.

The former Soviet Union, which once shared a border with Afghanistan, invaded Afghanistan and installed a puppet regime in the capital of Kabul in 1979. A long, weary guerilla war between various Afghan resistance groups and Soviet forces ensued. In 1992, the mujahedeen declared Afghanistan liberated. The Taliban gained control a few years later.

The Wednesday ceremonies, which spectators and government officials attended, also included a 21-gun salute and speeches. It was held at a sports stadium in the central part of the city, which was used as a public execution ground by the Taliban regime from the late 90s into 2001.

Afghan President Hamid Karzai is attending a summit in Bhutan. In 2008, the ceremony was marred by an assassination attempt on the leader.

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  1. Rod

    Greg, you should search the name, "Sibel Edmonds" ( who worked as an FBI translator). You would find that, indeed, Stanislav is correct in his asumption the the CIA funded bin Laden and assisted in the training of vaious afghan resistance groups in order to boot their ideological enemies, the Soviets, out of Afhanistan. We actally carried very close relations with bin Laden all the way up until 9/11.

    Dude, its all about who's controlling the opium trade there, plus the natural gas and oil.

    April 28, 2010 at 12:25 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Col Gregory Breazile, USMC

    I have to disagree with Stanislav's assessment. I am currently serving with the NATO Training Mission-Afghanistan (www.ntm-a.com) and know he is way off the mark. He is obviously not an expert on Afghanistan and has probably never even been to this country. The Afghan people want their government to succeed. The fact that they kicked the dysfunctional Soviet Army out of this country is no suprise to anyone. I believe in the future of Afghanistan and as literacy rates rise from more of their young attending school then the dynamics will change drastically in this country. I had the pleasure to attend this ceremony and have to say it was a good day to be in Kabul! I am proud to serve with the Afghan Army and Police and know they will succeed in the long run.

    Semper Fi,


    April 28, 2010 at 10:50 am | Report abuse |
  3. Stanislav Smirnov

    This is an Udder disgrace to all people in the nation of Afghanistan. the Reason why The Taliban was the terrorist organization who was supported by the United States Government. Osama Bin Laden was trained by the CIA to help the Taliban try to beat the Soviets. What The United States didn't understand is that to Se up a stable government in Afghanistan is like trying to put an inflated ballon in the bottom of the Ocean and expect it to remain their. The Soviets were trying to establish a government that was more stable than any government that that a terrorist organization could provide for the afghan people. The United States is trying to bring democracy, or so they say, to the war torn Afghanistan (Establishment of a stable government) but its not working because the Afghan people are like chickens and will follow any group of people that will offer the protection of their heroin cultivation or food. They should be ashamed hat they choose oppression over freedoms.

    April 28, 2010 at 10:29 am | Report abuse |