Afghanistan Introduction 2001https://photius.com/wfb2001/afghanistan/afghanistan_introduction.html
SOURCE: 2001 CIA WORLD FACTBOOK
Afghanistan was invaded and occupied by the Soviet Union in 1979. The USSR was forced to withdraw 10 years later by anti-communist mujahidin forces supplied and trained by the US, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, and others. Fighting subsequently continued among the various mujahidin factions, but the fundamentalist Islamic Taliban movement has been able to seize most of the country. In addition to the continuing civil strife, the country suffers from enormous poverty, a crumbling infrastructure, and widespread land mines.
NOTE: The information regarding Afghanistan on this page is re-published from the 2001 World Fact Book of the United States Central Intelligence Agency. No claims are made regarding the accuracy of Afghanistan Introduction 2001 information contained here. All suggestions for corrections of any errors about Afghanistan Introduction 2001 should be addressed to the CIA.