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Effects of Soviet Invasion of Afghanistan Loom Large

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Effects of Soviet Invasion of Afghanistan Loom Large

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Effects of Soviet Invasion of Afghanistan Loom Large

Effects of Soviet Invasion of Afghanistan Loom Large

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Twenty-five years ago Friday, the Soviet Union invaded Afghanistan to preserve communism along the Soviet borders. President Jimmy Carter sent U.S. troops to help the Afghans win over the Soviets, starting a chain of events that eventually led to the rise of Osama bin Laden and the Taliban. Hear NPR's Renee Montagne and historian George Crile.

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