In the great gamble the soviet war in afghanistan former npr moscow correspondent gregory feifer covers the 1979 1989 soviet afghan war primarily from the soviet side although with some input from the afghan side. Soviet helicopters in afghanistan after an attack on a camel caravan from pakistan credit from alexander liakhovskii archive in early january 1988 39 soviet paratroopers were positioned on a . In the great gamble a groundbreaking account of the soviet invasion of afghanistan former npr moscow correspondent gregory feifer vividly depicts the war that contributed greatly to the demise of the ussr and that offers striking lessons for the 21st century as well. But history needs a corrective and gregory feifer nprs moscow correspondent has written the great gamble the soviet war in afghanistan to provide it his narrative starts with the fall of mohammed daoud khan in 1978 and ends with the soviet withdrawal across the uzbek friendship bridge in 1989. Russias great gamble lessons from afghanistan january 8 2009 o the common view of the soviet war in afghanistan was that it was a soviet territorial grab
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