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Understanding U.S. Role in Afghanistan and the CIA

The U. S. tried to explain this away as a concession to the Pakistani Interservices Intelligence agency, who were funneling CIA-sponsored supplies to the rebels. Between 1973 and 1990, Afghanistan went through a wave of changes, with coups, the intervention of 100,000 Soviet forces, and the expatriation of a third of its population. Relations between Kabul and Moscow grew strong between the 1960s and 1970s, and the USSR was one of the major suppliers of foreign aid to Afghanistan during that period. In 1976 State Department Policy was that the U. S. should not become committed to the protection of Afghanistan. The situation changed in 1979: the Shah of Iran abdicated and was replaced by an anti-American Islamic government. Within ten months, the Soviets moved 100,000 troops to Afghanistan, putting them within striking distance of Pakistan and Iran. The U. S. considered this ˘the greatest threat to world peace since World War II.÷

AfghanistanĂs monarchy was losing power, and it was still one of the most underdeveloped countries in the world. The most disgruntled organized group was the PeopleĂs Democratic Party of Afghanistan (PDPA), a Marxist group which took guidance from Moscow. Mohammad Daud, the cousin of King Zahir Shah, who had ruled the country since 1933, had eyes for control of the country, and secured it in a bloodless coup while the k


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