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What was the most important factor in the Soviet loss of the Afghan war?

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There were a number of factors that contributed to the Soviet defeat in Afghanistan.  Let us investigate them and then designate one as the most important.  These factors included:

  • Support for the Afghan insurgents from the United States.  Because the US and the Soviets were enemies in the Cold War, the US supplied the Soviets’ Afghan enemies with weapons.  These included such things as Stinger missiles that could be used to shoot down Soviet helicopters.
  • Lack of motivation on the part of Soviet soldiers.  The...

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