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13. Afghanistan: The Bear Trap - The Defeat of a Superpower - by Mohammed Yousaf and Mark Adkin
Fri Aug 20, 2021, 05:42 PM
Aug 2021

At the start of this book, which tells the story of my part in the Afghan Jehad, I want to
acknowledge the debt I, and indeed Pakistan and the Mujahideen owe to the ‘Silent Soldier’,
General Akhtar Abdur Rahman. I served under him for four years at the height of the war, but he
carried the enormous responsibility for the struggle against what was then the Soviet superpower,
for over eight years. I call him the ‘Silent Soldier’ because of his great humility and modesty. Few
people, apart from his family knew him as well as I did until he was assassinated, along with
President Zia-ul-Haq, in the plane crash in August 1988. At one blow the Jehad lost its two most
powerful leaders.

When the Soviets invaded Afghanistan in 1979 President Zia sent for General Akhtar, who
had recently taken over as Director of ISI. At that time nobody in authority in Pakistan, and
certainly no overseas government (including the US), thought the Soviet military might could be
confronted. Afghanistan was written-off as lost. The only person within the military to advocate
supporting the Jehad by Pakistan, and the only person to come up with a plausible plan for doing so,
was General Akhtar. He convinced the president that no only was it vital to Pakistan’s interests to
fight the aggressors, but that there was every chance of defeating them. Some years later Zia was to
say to him, you have wrought a miracle, I can give you nothing worthy of your achievements. Only
God can reward you.
Yes reality1 Aug 2021 #1
And then the SU lied to its people about deaths. But grieving family members knew. . . nt Bernardo de La Paz Feb 2022 #23
Yes bucolic_frolic Aug 2021 #2
I watched it earlier this week. I turned the DVD back into the library yesterday afternoon. mahatmakanejeeves Aug 2021 #5
The Beast. One of my favorites about the period. paleotn Aug 2021 #9
Best tank movie ever made. Aristus Aug 2021 #10
I am sure it contributed but the biggest reason was an arms race... Under The Radar Aug 2021 #3
It certainly contributed. The USSR dumped a ton of resources Ocelot II Aug 2021 #4
I guess it got to be one darn thing after another. mahatmakanejeeves Aug 2021 #6
More than slightly.... paleotn Aug 2021 #7
Yes, but the US did not learn anything from USSR's involvement. Sneederbunk Aug 2021 #8
Or the Persians, the Greeks, the Mongols, the Arabs paleotn Aug 2021 #11
Chernobyl? Walleye Aug 2021 #12
Afghanistan: The Bear Trap - The Defeat of a Superpower - by Mohammed Yousaf and Mark Adkin Klaralven Aug 2021 #13
The USSR pulled out of Afghanistan on 15 Feb 1989 and collapsed 2 years later. roamer65 Aug 2021 #14
And that's the truth. 2naSalit Aug 2021 #16
Probably more moral than finances. Igel Aug 2021 #15
I read one book with the theory treestar Aug 2021 #17
I heard a different conspiracy theory a long time ago FakeNoose Aug 2021 #21
It certainly contributed Zeitghost Aug 2021 #18
I thought so KentuckyWoman Aug 2021 #19
This sums up thousands of years of Afghan history. anamnua Aug 2021 #20
A centrally planned economy was the primary, political corruption was a secondary Strelnikov_ Aug 2021 #22
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