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Russian veterans of Afghan conflict mark 15th anniversary of end of war

Somber-faced army veterans laid wreaths at the Kremlin’s wall to mark the 15th anniversary of the end of the disastrous Soviet invasion of Afghanistan that cost the lives of 15,000 soldiers and fuelled the rise of radical Islamic extremists such as Osama bin Laden. Some 1,500 veterans marched proudly to the beat of drums down Moscow’s central Tverskaya street, holding aloft flags representing their regiments before bowing at the eternal flame of the unknown soldier that burns in memory of those who died in Russia’s wars. There was a spirit of patriotism in the air as the military mourned their fallen comrades while obeying orders in a war that has been compared in terms of national trauma to the US intervention in Vietnam. Full Story

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