Events for Tuesday 27th December 2011


On This Day in History

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Start of the Soviet war in Afghanistan

27th December 1979

This nine-year conflict involving the Soviet Union, supporting the Marxist government of the Democratic Republic of Afghanistan at their own request, against the Islamist Mujahideen Resistance. The Afghan government was also supported by India, while the mujahideen found other support from a variety of sources including the United States, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, and other Muslim nations through the context of the Cold War and the regional India-Pakistan conflict. Due to the interminable nature of the war, the conflict in Afghanistan has often been referred to as the Soviets' Vietnam; in relation to the Vietnam War.

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The Battle for Afghanistan
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by Mohammad Yousaf

This is the story of the defeat of Soviet Russia's forces in Afghanistan by a guerrilla force known as the Mujahideen, heavily backed by Pakistan and the USA. The Mujahideen paved the way for the Taliban regime, to exist having all but defeated the Russian Army in the late 80's.… Read more...

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This Day's Events

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Henry VIII's Christmas

Starts: Tue 27th December
Ends: Mon 2nd January

Hampton Court Palace, East Molesey, Surrey KT8 9AU

Festive - Tudor in Surrey

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