Ukraine Could Become The Far Right’s Afghanistan

Members of a Ukrainian far-right group train in Kharkiv, Ukraine, Jan. 29, 2022 (AP photo by Evgeniy Maloletka).
Members of a Ukrainian far-right group train in Kharkiv, Ukraine, Jan. 29, 2022 (AP photo by Evgeniy Maloletka).

In the 1980s, when Afghanistan was embroiled in a war between Soviet forces propping up a client government in Kabul and the CIA-assisted mujahedeen insurgency, the country became a hotbed of global jihadism, as radical Islamist fighters, most infamously Osama Bin Laden, flocked there to wage armed struggle against the communists. Several billions of dollars worth of covert U.S military assistance went to training and arming the Islamist guerilla fighters, including with Stinger antiaircraft missiles, which greatly hampered Soviet air power. What the U.S government couldn’t know at the time was how the defeat of the Soviets in Afghanistan would go […]

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