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Afghan pullout 101: 1989 Soviets vs 2021 US Army

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When even President Biden admits “CHAOS was inevitable” during the withdrawal from Afghanistan, there won’t be many doubting the assessment… but it wasn’t always like this.

32 years ago the pull-out operation by the Soviet Army was marked by a propaganda video that showed hugs, tight embraces of loved ones, and even a little duckling waddling across a bridge.

Even despite the carefully scripted nature of the Soviet clip, the contrast from images of desperate Afghans clinging onto American military craft to escape hell is shockingly stark.

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