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History 15/02/20 What unspoken rules comply with “spooks” and “the Soviets” in Afghanistan

In the course of any armed conflict before the opposing armies face the task as efficiently as possible and quickly deal with the enemy. Was no exception and the Afghan war. However, in this war there were certain unwritten rules that are followed as Soviet soldiers and Mujahideen.

Fundamental desantura

Despite the harsh realities of war, sometimes our military did not avoid agreements with the spooks. For example, the Soviet troops had to pass through a dangerous gorge and they offered something beneficial for the Mujahideen deal to those they attacked.

But there were those who basically did not been in contact with militants. Marines rejected any possibility of negotiations with the Mujahideen and never entered into treaties with them on non-aggression. We had to fight our way out – broke, even if it cost a lot of casualties.

Spooks knew about it, so no hope of accommodating the landing forces acted against her most severely. Such informal rule remained until the end of the war.

“Contractual right”

In other military branches didn’t see anything wrong with that, sometimes to negotiate with the enemy. Formally, the “contract law” did not exist, but unofficially they are constantly used and compliance with agreements was a matter of principle.

Military translator Vladimir Orlov recalled that sometimes had to persuade the Mujahideen to lay down their arms or retreat from a certain area. And if it was possible to reach a compromise, an unwritten rule was that both parties implicitly follow the conditions: one leave – others for them not to shoot. The militant group, which has concessions, informally called the “contractual gangs”.

Employee of the Ulyanovsk KGB Nikolay Komarov recalled one field commander named Jafar. At negotiations, it was able to reach an agreement on a cease-fire (both sides were unarmed). In a sign that the deal was made, Jafar took from the cauldron a handful of rice and brought it to his mouth Komarov. He had to eat.

blood for Blood

One of the informal rules in the Afghan war – an eye for an eye, blood for blood. On the abuse of prisoners of war and their killing of each party to the conflict respond symmetrically.

the Mujahideen demonstrated amazing cruelty to our soldiers. Their subtly tortured, dismembered, and their heads were sent to the unit where they served. British journalist John Fullerton has witnessed killings of Soviet soldiers. One group of prisoners hung on hooks, the other was used to torture the “red Tulip” – abrade the skin.

According to official data, during the war, was captured about 400 soldiers of the Soviet army. In living remained no more than 150 people. In response to the atrocities of our military spooks killing prisoners of the Mujahideen.

the Journalist Nureyev was retelling the story about the officer airborne troops, who personally dealt with seven captured militants. Another case: in the mid 1980-ies on the orders of the commander stationed in Ghanzi Soviet troops were shot 12 captured spooks.

Local don’t touch

Another informal rule of the Afghan war – military operations are not conducted promptly, or stop in the path of village herds. The agreement was beneficial to both parties.

the Soviet army wanted to demonstrate that it is not an enemy, but a friend of the Afghan people, wishing to help him build a better future. The Mujahideen, in turn, hoped to trigger sympathy and trust from the population, to show that they are concerned about the Affairs and concerns of ordinary residents.


ever since the First world war, there is an informal rule: more or less still portions of the opposing sideHN is not fired on those who mined the water. This unspoken rule has been adhered to in the Afghan war.

And Soviet soldiers, and spooks is well understood: if you kill the enemy carrier, then the enemy will take revenge and will kill your. And without water I had to be very hard, especially in the arid Afghan climate.

Another old unwritten rule, which followed on the Afghan war: it is impossible to shoot at those who send natural needs. In addition, extremely negative attitude to the fire on health workers. However, in the brutal realities of the war, these rules are often violated.

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