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1979: Recalling The Soviet Invasion Of Afghanistan

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1979: Recalling The Soviet Invasion Of Afghanistan

1979: Recalling The Soviet Invasion Of Afghanistan

1979: Recalling The Soviet Invasion Of Afghanistan

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As part of a series of conversations marking 1979 as a seminal year in the Muslim world, Afghan-born Amin Tarzi talks with Steve Inskeep about the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan. Tarzi is director of Middle East studies at the Marine Corps University in Quantico, Virginia. He was 15 when the Soviets attacked the presidential palace in Kabul, which Tarzi witnessed from a short distance away.