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Soviets pull out of Afghanistan

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Fifteen thousand soldiers dead, and all for nothing. That's the feeling on the streets of Moscow on Feb. 15, 1989 as the Soviet army withdraws from a nine-year war in Afghanistan. Five minutes before the agreed-upon deadline, Soviet commander Boris Gromov is the last soldier to leave, strolling across a bridge and telling reporters he feels "great joy." In this CBC-TV report, Moscow correspondent Don Murray notes that while the Soviet occupation is over, the civil war in Afghanistan continues.
• In 1988 the Soviets negotiated its withdrawal from Afghanistan by signing an accord with the United States, Pakistan and Afghanistan. Millions of Afghan refugees had fled the war and were living in camps in neighbouring Pakistan.
  • According to a 1987 report from CBC-TV's The Fifth Estate, the war changed significantly when the U.S. began supplying the mujahedeen with more sophisticated weapons including shoulder-mounted rocket launchers. One rocket could take down a Soviet helicopter with ease.

Medium: Television
Program: The National
Broadcast Date: Feb. 15, 1989
Host: Peter Mansbridge
Reporter: Don Murray
Duration: 3:29

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