"If things turn out badly, in about 10 years our lads will have to fight well-armed and well-organized Islamists somewhere in Kazakhstan."
"Narcotics production increased 44 times in the 12 years that ISAF has been present in Afghanistan"
"One of the greatest surprises when I started this work in Afghanistan was the invariably friendly attitudes of Afghans from all walks of life towards former Soviets, including people who had fought and lost loved ones.
We always shared the view that war is a tragedy for both sides. Whether it was an Afghan or Soviet mother, a son had died"
Story by Nick Allen. Edited by Alastair Gill.
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