The United States is talking to the Taliban. Russia is, too. Thirty years after the Soviet withdrawal, Moscow’s involvement in Afghanistan is a reminder of the current conflict’s deep roots.
“The Soviets achieved the effect of a nuclear strike without actually having to deliver one,” an Atlantic correspondent wrote in 1989 about the Afghan conflict. Today, The Masthead revisits that piece with Amie Ferris-Rotman of The Washington Post.
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By Matt Peterson
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