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The United States provided the mujahideen with modern weapons that could shoot down Soviet helicopters. Also, Soviet armored cars and tanks did not work very well in the rugged mountain terrain. The Soviets relied on heavy guns, more useful in attacks on a heavily equipped army. The Soviet artillery showed up poorly against individual mujahideen fighters equipped with hand-carried weapons. To make matters worse, tens of thousands of Soviet troops fell ill with diseases. The Soviet government admitted that the mujahideen killed at least 14,000 Soviet soldiers and civilians.
During Daoud’s regime, a Marxist political party along the lines of the Soviet Communist Party developed to resist Daoud. That party, the People’s Democratic Party of Afghanistan (PDPA), had two different factions. The more radical branch demanded immediate change. The moderate branch wanted a more gradual approach. The radical branch called themselves the Khalq (masses), while the gradualist branch took the name Parcham (banner). Daoud had both branches of the party outlawed and their leaders imprisoned.
He first convinced a Cia agent to support him and then managed to send billions of dollars to help arm the mujahideen by hiding the appropriations in bills that his fellow Congressmen paid little or no attention to. s. helicopters with much more primitive weapons. the Chinese supplied the mujahideen with the same kind of guns they had sent to vietnam, including 23-mm antiaircraft guns. however, the mujahideen did not have the same success with these weapons as the vietnamese had 15 years before and so came to rely on the high-tech american-made weapons.
Afghanistan War (America at War) by Rodney P. Carlisle