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A Comparative Study of US and Russia in Afghanistan: Local Repercussions

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Comparing the Russian and the American wars in Afghanistan, the earlier in the 1980s and the later in post-2001 till to date, both experienced a testament to the inherent weaknesses towards a guerrilla fighting, and moreover the minimal operational impact which advanced technology has failed to win on that type of warship. Politically, their inability to win Afghan wars, occurring into two separate times and conditions, made scholars of International Relations rethink about America and Russia (the latter, formerly as USSR) being as the great powers.

Though with different ideological approaches of high currency in the overall history of world politics, the US with Democracy and USSR with Communism, but both found to be foreign invaders in Afghanistan, especially in parts with the groups that were/are fighting against the foreign political concepts. A common understanding that no country, particularly Afghanistan as its history suggests, wants to be occupied by a foreign military. America’s approaches to Afghanistan proven to be a failing strategy even though it is a multilateral one. In fact, the US military campaign in Afghanistan is not a mere American one, it is along with multinational forces that include the EU countries, Canada, Australia, Turkey and many other NATO and non-NATO allied states. On the contrary, the Soviet Union fought almost a decade alone in Afghanistan. Generally, the outcome of........

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