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    • Armoured Vehicles crossing a bridge in the Uzbek city of Termez near the Soviet-Afghan border
    • Soviet troops on the way home. 14 February 1989.
    • A column of Soviet vehicles crossing Salang Pass in the Hindu Kush mountains
    • Welcome home ceremony in the Uzbek city of Termez for Soviet soldiers returning from Afghanistan
    • Afghan people watch the Limited Contingent of Soviet Troops heading back home
    • Welcome home ceremony in the Uzbek city of Termez for Soviet soldiers returning from Afghanistan
    • Soviet soldier meets his family after withdrawal from Afghanistan. 29 March 1989
    • People welcome Soviet soldiers after the troop withdrawal from Afganistan.
    • Soviet troops on the way home.
    • The first colum of Soviet troops crossing Salang Pass on the road home.
    • A Soviet military unit in the mountains of Afghanistan. 31 March 1980
    • Battery Commander Captain Vladimir Skiba in Afghanistan
    • The Limited Contingent of Soviet Troops in Afghanistan lands troops in the Hindu Kush mountains.
    • Photo of Soviet soldiers in Afghanistan. 3 September 1988
    • A Soviet light armoured unit near Bala Hisar Fort in Kabul.
    • A Soviet light armoured unit near Bala Hisar Fort in Kabul. 1st of February 1989
    • Oleg Medyankin, soldier from the Limited Contingent of Soviet Troops in Afghanistan
    • Soviet special forces after a mission in Afghanistan. 18 February 1988
    • Withdrawal of Soviet troops from Afghanistan.
    • An awards and decoration ceremony in Afghanistan
    • Soviet military outpost in the mountains of Afghanistan near the capital city of Kabul
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    Armoured Vehicles crossing a bridge in the Uzbek city of Termez near the Soviet-Afghan border.

    The 15th of February marks the 30th anniversary of the withdrawal of Soviet troops from the Democratic Republic of Afghanistan after a nearly 10-year military campaign against US-backed Mujahideen fighters.

    The Limited Contingent of Soviet Troops entered Afghanistan in December 1979 following a request from the left-wing secular government fighting against radical militants. After the pullout in 1989, tensions between the different factions erupted once again, resulting in a surge of the Taliban movement and other radical groups, the US-led intervention in 2001, and full-scale civil war.

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