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Afghanistan : the first five years of Soviet occupation

Author: J Bruce Amstutz
Publisher: Washington, D.C. : NDU Press, National Defense University : Sold by Supt. of Docs., U.S. G.P.O., 1986.
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From the Publisher (B & N): Dr. J. Bruce Amstutz, US charge d'affaires in Kabul from 1977 to 1980, begins his treatment of the first five years of Soviet occupation with an historical overview of years of Russian meddling in Afghan affairs. He follows this account with a first-hand report of the 1979 invasion, and analyzes the intervention from political, military, and economic perspectives. Important issues are:  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
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Amstutz, J. Bruce, 1928-
Afghanistan.
Washington, D.C. : NDU Press : Sold by US G.P.O., 1986
(OCoLC)571320203
Online version:
Amstutz, J. Bruce, 1928-
Afghanistan.
Washington, D.C. : NDU Press : Sold by US G.P.O., 1986
(OCoLC)609288567
Material Type: Government publication, National government publication
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: J Bruce Amstutz
OCLC Number: 13670513
Description: xxvi, 545 pages, [1] leaf of plates : illustrations ; 23 cm
Contents: Illustrations --
Foreward --
Preface --
Great Game: 1837-1944 --
Origins of Soviet interest in Afghanistan --
Socialist king, Amanullah Khan (1919-1929) --
Conclusion --
Growing Soviet Involvement, 1945-1979 --
Soviet influence grows --
Soviet and US objectives in the postwar decades --
People's Democratic Party of Afghanistan (The Afghan Communist Party) --
Communists come to power --
Reasons for Soviet invasion --
Conclusion --
Second State Of The Afghan Revolution --
Setting on 28 December 1979 --
Structure of political power --
Evolution of PDPA and DRA leadership --
Biographic sketches of PDPA and DRA leaders --
Problems and evolution of the PDPA --
Conclusion --
Politics Of The Resistance --
Background --
Opposition groups in Peshawar: attempts at unification --
Resistance groups in Iran --
Resistance movement within Afghanistan --
Leftist resistance groups --
Fighting among guerrilla bands --
Conclusion --
Military Struggle --
Overview And Tactics --
Longest Soviet foreign war --
Conflicting claims of territorial control --
Kabul: safest of the Soviet-held cities? --
Soviet counterinsurgency strategy --
Mujahidin tactics --
Conclusion --
Opposing Forces --
Balance of military forces --
Casualties and equipment losses from the guerrilla war --
Soviet military forces --
Main problems of the Soviet army --
DRA military forces --
Mujahidin --
Conclusion --
International Aid To The Resistance --
Foreign assistance to the resistance --
Arms aid to the resistance --
Resistance goes on the airwaves --
Medical aid by the French, Swedes, and ICRC --
Conclusion --
Refugees --
Number of Refugees --
Attitude of the Kabul government and Soviets --
Ethnic background and area of origin of refugees --
International relief care in Pakistan and Iran --
Some local tensions --
Conclusion --
Decline And Redirection Of The Afghan Economy --
Overall state of the Afghan economy --
Soviet exploitation and self-interest in its economic relations --
Soviet interest in Afghanistan's mineral resources --
Conclusion --
Decline And Redirection Of The Afghan Economy --
Overall state of the Afghan economy --
Soviet exploitation and self-interest in its economic relations --
Soviet interest in Afghanistan's mineral resources --
Conclusion --
Secret Police (Khad) And Human Rights --
Secret police-Khad --
Afghanistan's record of human rights practices --
Freedoms of expression, assembly, religion, movement, and participation in the political process --
Conclusion --
Soviet Control And Indoctrination --
Means of Soviet Control --
Sovietization of Afghanistan --
Aftermath of reforms of the Saur revolution --
Conclusion --
Search For A Diplomatic Settlement And Afghanistan's Foreign Relations --
Soviet-DRA conditions for Soviet troop withdrawal diplomatic efforts --
DRA's foreign policy --
Relations with the two superpowers --
DRA relations with neighboring countries --
Conclusion --
Conclusion And Outlook --
Appendixes --
Eight additional leaders of the DRA government --
Major Peshwar-based Afghan resistance leaders and their organizations --
Guerrilla group affiliations in 1983 --
History of the resistance in one province: Lowgar --
War situation in one typical Afghan province: Badakhshan in Late 1982 --
Endnotes --
Bibliography --
Index --
Author.
Responsibility: J. Bruce Amstutz.

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From the Publisher (B & N): Dr. J. Bruce Amstutz, US charge d'affaires in Kabul from 1977 to 1980, begins his treatment of the first five years of Soviet occupation with an historical overview of years of Russian meddling in Afghan affairs. He follows this account with a first-hand report of the 1979 invasion, and analyzes the intervention from political, military, and economic perspectives. Important issues are: Afghan political factions, leaders, the human rights and refugee problems, diplomatic efforts to settle conflict, and Soviet measures to repress the Afghans.

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