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Afghans Mark Anniversary Of Mujahedin Victory

A military parade in Kabul to celebrate the 18th anniversary of the fall of the Soviet-backed administration of President Mohammad Najibullah.
Afghanistan are commemorating the 1992 toppling of the Soviet-backed regime by the mujahedin.

Soldiers, officials, and former mujahedin leaders gathered in Kabul's stadium to mark the anniversary.

President Hamid Karzai did not attend today's ceremony because he is at a conference in Bhutan.

The victory of mujahedin fighters over the pro-Moscow administration of President Mohammad Najibullah in 1992 marked the beginning of a civil war that ultimately led to the rise of the hard-lime Taliban Islamic movement.

An assassination attempt against Karzai claimed by the Taliban marred commemorations in April 2008.

compiled from agency reports