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Afghan Taliban Says U.S. Will Meet Same Fate As Soviet Occupiers

NATO soldiers stand with a U.S. flag after a security handover ceremony at a military academy outside Kabul in June.
NATO soldiers stand with a U.S. flag after a security handover ceremony at a military academy outside Kabul in June.

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Video Soviet-Era Journalist, Face Of Afghan War, Looks Back On Pullout

A quarter of a century ago, on February 15, 1989, the last Soviet troops left Afghanistan following a devastating nine-year war. Soviet-era journalist Mikhail Leshchinsky, whose reports on the war played a key role in preparing public opinion for the pullout, recalls the historical day.
The Taliban has called on Afghans to expel the United States from Afghanistan just as they said mujahedin fighters had done to Soviet forces 25 years ago to the day.

In a statement issued on the 25th anniversary of the final Soviet withdrawal from Afghanistan and published by Reuters, the Taliban said, "Today America is facing the same fate as the former Soviets and trying to escape from our country."

The last convoy of Soviet troops left Afghanistan on February 15, 1989.

U.S. and other international forces are due to withdraw from Afghanistan by the end of the year.

Uncertainty about whether a smal force of foreign troops will stay beyond that date continues as Afghan President Hamid Karzai has so far declined to sign a security deal with the United States.

Based on reporting by Reuters

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