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Russian veterans mark Afghanistan anniversary

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Russian veterans mark Afghanistan anniversary


Russia has been commemorating soldiers who died in Afghanistan, 20 years after the withdrawal of troops from the last great military campaign of the Soviet era.

The pullout ended a decade of fighting that killed an estimated 15,000 Soviet troops. Russia sent its forces into Afghanistan to support a pro-Moscow government that was battling Muslim guerrillas. The country became a theatre of the Cold War, with the Mujahideen receiving much of their backing from the US.

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