Moscow's Imperial Burden

Crozier, Brian
October 1980
National Review;10/17/1980, Vol. 32 Issue 21, p1248
The article argues that maintaining Afghanistan as a satellite state militarily has affected Soviet Union's effectiveness as imperial power. The strain on the Soviet's military might is shown by the failure of its ally, Babrak Karmal, to muster enough regular Afghan forces to annihilate the resistance to his regime. The Soviet army present in Afghan territory seems to be stretched with resistance, not only from the rebels but from former regulars who defected against Karmal and the Soviets.


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