Afghanistan has been at war for more than 30 years. The Soviet Union invaded Afghanistan
in 1979 to support a Communist-led coup. The Soviets withdrew after 10 years of costly fighting
against Afghan insurgents armed by the United States, Pakistan and Saudi Arabia, but Afghanistan
sank into civil war. The Taliban, a fundamentalist Islamic group, had taken control of most of
the country by 1998.
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