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The Soviet Invasion of Afghanistan 1979
A 1978 coup had seen Communists take control of Afghanistan
- However a Mujahadeen Islamic insurgency fought back
- The Afghan communists requested help from the Soviets in 1979 which arrived.
- The Soviets were worried about an Iranian style revolution that would place an unstable Islamic Fundamentalist nation on its doorstep.
- They seized control of the government and took military control of the country