As the US and NATO grapple with a prolonged war and deployment in Afghanistan, they find they are dealing with many of the same challenges that led to the Soviet defeat there, 21 years ago. Meanwhile, curious new Russian and post-Soviet republic footprints have appeared in the landlocked Central Asian nation.
christmas day, 2001. I am pouring Stolichnaya vodka from a rusty-capped bottle of Soviet occupation vintage, at a lunch for foreign journalists in Kabul, when I learn that my seat holds the remains of Red Army soldiers.
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