His men were issued with orders on Christmas Eve 1979 to keep the Moscow-backed Kabul government in power. The American CIA was arming and backing the Taliban rebels who were passionately fighting a holy war.
While the snow and cold of the long mountain winter turned to heat and dust, the tank commander’s thoughts were not on the Taliban and Mujahadeen he faced each day, but on why he’d chosen to be a tank commander and not a KGB spy.
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