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Afghanistan: Russian buildings crumble and tanks rust 3 decades after Soviet withdrawal08:05

Afghanistan: Russian buildings crumble and tanks rust 3 decades after Soviet withdrawal

Afghanistan, Jalalabad
February 14, 2019 at 18:23 GMT +00:00 · Published

Children were seen playing in the ruins of Soviet-era buildings in Jalalabad on Tuesday and Thursday as armoured vehicles continued to rust on the city's outskirts, three decades after Soviet forces abandoned them as they pulled out of Afghanistan.

Outside the capital of Nangarhar province, tanks, infantry fighting vehicles and truck mounted rocket launchers can be seen in various states of disrepair. In the city, footage shows an abandoned Soviet-built hotel, weapons depot and volleyball court, as well a former cinema, which has now been converted into a mosque.

Disabled former fighters from both sides of the Soviet-Afghan war spoke about their frustration with the constant fighting Afghanistan has experience since the Soviet withdrawal was completed on February 15, 1989.

Noor Rab, a former soldier in the Afghan Armed Forces, complained that "all Afghans are tired of living in war."

"It is almost 40 years that I have not seen any peaceful or good day or moments in my life but I have just seen unlimited war," echoed former Mujahadeen fighter Jamil Mujahid.

The Soviet-Afghan war lasted from December 1979 to February 1989 and saw Soviet forces fight against Mujahadeen guerilla forces backed by the US and other Western powers. After Soviet forces withdrew the conflict continued in the form of the Afghan Civil War, which would continue at varying levels of intensity until the US-led invasion in 2001.

Afghanistan: Russian buildings crumble and tanks rust 3 decades after Soviet withdrawal08:05
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Children were seen playing in the ruins of Soviet-era buildings in Jalalabad on Tuesday and Thursday as armoured vehicles continued to rust on the city's outskirts, three decades after Soviet forces abandoned them as they pulled out of Afghanistan.

Outside the capital of Nangarhar province, tanks, infantry fighting vehicles and truck mounted rocket launchers can be seen in various states of disrepair. In the city, footage shows an abandoned Soviet-built hotel, weapons depot and volleyball court, as well a former cinema, which has now been converted into a mosque.

Disabled former fighters from both sides of the Soviet-Afghan war spoke about their frustration with the constant fighting Afghanistan has experience since the Soviet withdrawal was completed on February 15, 1989.

Noor Rab, a former soldier in the Afghan Armed Forces, complained that "all Afghans are tired of living in war."

"It is almost 40 years that I have not seen any peaceful or good day or moments in my life but I have just seen unlimited war," echoed former Mujahadeen fighter Jamil Mujahid.

The Soviet-Afghan war lasted from December 1979 to February 1989 and saw Soviet forces fight against Mujahadeen guerilla forces backed by the US and other Western powers. After Soviet forces withdrew the conflict continued in the form of the Afghan Civil War, which would continue at varying levels of intensity until the US-led invasion in 2001.

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