October 26, 2021
Operation Hurricane: US role in the formation of the Taliban

Operation Hurricane: US role in the formation of the Taliban

  • Guillermo d. Olmo @ BBC Colmo
  • BBC News World

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Ronald Reagan even got the leaders of the US-funded rebel group Mujahideen to fight the Soviet government.

In the United States, they were even classified as “freedom fighters.” But it may be more appropriate to call them Islamic fundamentalist guerrillas.

Afghan rebel groups opposed the invasion of Afghanistan for many years with the support of Washington, which provided them with weapons and money aimed at weakening the power of the adversary Soviet Union.

As revealed by intelligence documents, press investigations and the testimonies of the protagonists many years later, the US strategy was to trap the Soviet Union in Afghanistan and plunge it into a mess consuming lives, money and resources.

The aim was to make the Soviets enjoy something similar to what the Americans experienced in the Vietnam War.