President Donald Trump says the Soviet Union’s involvement in Afghanistan led to the regime’s collapse, but that wasn’t the only factor. The former Soviet Union invaded Afghanistan in 1979 to prop up Afghanistan’s then- communist government, which was battling anticommunist guerrillas. The U.S. condemned the Soviet move and eventually helped the mujahideen rebel forces. Under then-President Ronald Reagan, the U.S. provided the mujahideen with anti-aircraft missiles, among other assistance.
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