Photos Soviet Intervention in Afghanistan

Burhanuddin Rabbani (Left) During the Soviet Afghan War

Ahmad Shah Massoud, "Lion of Panjshir"


A young Afghan boy observing an unexploded rocket fired by Soviets, Kabul Province, July 1989

An intact Mi-24 Hind of the Afghan military that defected to the Mujahideen in 1988. Due to the lack of trust towards the Afghan crews, most helicopters flew with a Soviet advisor who was in de facto command of the aircraft

Soviet officers having a last greeting with Afghan police officers (1988)

Soviet soldiers lug supplies through the Afghan mountains

Soviet soldiers posing for a photograph with one of the Bamiyan Buddhas

A low-flying Afghan helicopter gunship in snow-capped valley along Salang highway provides cover for a Soviet convoy sending food and fuel to Kabul, Afghanistan, on January 30, 1989. The convoy was attacked by Mujahideen guerrillas with rockets further up the highway, with Afghan government troops returning fire with artillery

Russian-built Afghan MIG-17 jet fighters lined up at an airport in Kandahar, southwestern Afghanistan, on February 5, 1980


Soviet soldiers direct tank traffic outside Kabul on January 7, 1980. Tank units had set up positions all around the capital city


Afghans wait outside the Kabul central Pulicharkhi prison on January 14, 1980, days after the Moscow-installed regime of Babrak Karmal took over. Although the regime released 126 prisoners from the notorious jail, around 1,000 residents stormed the compound to set 12 inmates free.


Afghan guerrillas, armed and equipped with motorcycles prepare for action with Soviet and government forces, in the mountainous western region of Afghanistan on January 14, 1980. The guerrillas were able to slip in and out of neighboring Iran, where they re-supplied from Muslims who sympathized with their struggle.


A mujahideen, a captain in the Afghan army before deserting, poses with a group of rebels near Herat, Afghanistan, on February 28, 1980. At the time, it was reported that the Afghan capital of Kabul returned to normal for the first time since bloody anti-Soviet rioting erupted there, killing more than 300 civilians and an unknown number of Soviet and Afghan soldiers.


In this late April 1988 photo, Soviet soldiers prepare to change their position while fighting Islamic guerrillas at undisclosed location in Afghanistan

Three Muslim rebels, one armed with a Soviet-made AK-47 assault rifle, left, the others with older bolt-action rifles, pose on horseback during a rebel meeting at village near Herat, on February 15, 1980. Despite the presence of Soviet and Afghan government troops in the area, the rebels patrolled the mountain ranges along the Afghan-Iran border.

Soviet troops on the move in Afghanistan, mid-1980s


A troop of Muslim rebels equipped with old-fashioned rifles, east of Kabul, on February 21, 1980. At the time, anti-Communist rebels were attacking traffic at will on the main supply route from Pakistan to Afghanistan’s capital.


In this late April 1988 photo, Soviet soldiers observe the highlands, while fighting Islamic guerrillas at an undisclosed location in Afghanistan.


A Soviet soldier runs for cover, as his armored car comes under fire from Muslim rebels, near the town of Herat, on February 13, 1980.


Two Soviet soldiers taken prisoner by the Afghan resistance forces loyal to the fundamentalist faction of Hezb-i-Islami in the Afghan province of Zabul in September of 1981. The prisoners had told journalists then they would be executed by the Afghan resistance for refusing to covert to Islam to make eligible to be tried by an Islamic court.


A Soviet-style military parade, held on the occasion of 5th anniversary of Afghanistan’s 1978 Saur Revolution, in the streets of Kabul on April 27, 1983.


Afghan guerrillas atop a downed Soviet Mi-8 transport helicopter, near the Salang Highway, a vital supply route north from Kabul to the Soviet border, January 12, 1981.

An Afghan guerrilla handles a U.S.-made Stinger anti-aircraft missile in this photo made between November 1987 and January 1988. The shoulder-fired, heat-seeking missile supplied to the Afghan resistance by the CIA during the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan, is capable of bringing down low-flying planes and helicopters. At one point, late in the war, rebels were reportedly downing nearly one Soviet aircraft every day with Stinger missiles

Afghan boys orphaned by the war between Kabul’s Soviet-backed government and Muslim rebels salute visitors at the Watan (‘Homeland’) Nursery in Kabul on January 20, 1986. Communist political education started young in Kabul schools during the occupation, as part of the government’s drive to win the population over.


Two Soviet Army soldiers emerge from an Afghan shop in downtown Kabul on April 24, 1988


Aftermath in a village located along the Salang Highway, shelled and destroyed during fights between Mujahideen guerrillas and Afghan soldiers in Salang, Afghanistan


Mujahedeen positioned on rooftops about 10 kilometers from Herat, keeping watch for Russian convoys, on February 15, 1980.


A Russian T-62 Commando tank destroyed in the Panjshir River Valley in Parwan Valley about 180 km north of Kabul, on February 25, 1981.


Soviet soldiers work with two German Shepherd dogs trained to sniff out explosives in and around their base near Kabul on May 1, 1988.

Muslim anti-aircraft gunners in eastern Afghanistan’s Paktia Province on July 20, 1986

Wheels down, a Soviet transport aircraft seems to brush the treetops as it comes in to land at Kabul Airport on February 8, 1989. Soviet pilots flying in out of Kabul took defensive measures, including the firing of flares to divert heat-seeking missiles.


A Soviet air force technician empties a bucket of spent flare cartridges at the Kabul airbase on January 23, 1989.


A Soviet soldier smokes a cigarette at a checkpoint of the Soviet military airport in Kabul on February 10, 1989 as the other one forbids pictures.


As the planned withdrawal of Soviet troops began, Afghan troops were trained and supplied to take their place. Here, a soldier crawls with his comrades, during a training session in Kabul on February 8, 1989. According to officials, the soldiers were from a new unit formed to defend vital installations in the Afghan capital

nice set of photos , do you have any of the Spetnaz performing in afghanistan ?
the images are very, very good, thanks for sharing them, will you have any of the famous "ninth company", the one in the movie?
the images are very, very good, thanks for sharing them, will you have any of the famous "ninth company", the one in the movie?

The movie was very good, but wasn't accurate at all.

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