America's Secret War Against the Soviets in Afghanistan

The borderland between Tajikistan and Afghanistan.

CIA and National Security Council veteran Bruce Riedel tells the story of America's secret war in Afghanistan and the defeat of the Soviet 40th Red Army in the war that proved to be the final battle of the Cold War. In What We Won: America's Secret War in Afghanistan, 1979-89, he writes of his experiences in the CIA's Operations Center when the Soviet Union invaded Afghanistan on Christmas Eve 1979, and examines the United States’ response, initiated by Jimmy Carter and accelerated by Ronald Reagan.