KABUL, Afghanistan

Four decades since the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan, the country continues to teeter precariously between war and peace, with lives being lost in an ongoing conflict day and night.

On Dec. 27, 1979, special forces of the Red Army disguised as Afghan soldiers assassinated President Hafizullah Amin and occupied key government installations in Kabul, thus beginning the brazen Soviet invasion of Afghanistan and establishing a bloody war theater for generations of Afghans to come with dreadful global implications.

Quagmire of death, destruction

“I can recall that day just like yesterday. It still makes me shiver,” retired Brig. Mohammad

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