227. 12/4/1987

During a conversation on Afghanistan on December 4, 1987, KGB chief Vladimir “Kryuchkov assured [acting CIA director Robert] Gates that the Soviet Union now wanted to get out but needed CIA cooperation to find a political solution. He and other Soviet leaders were fearful about the rise to power in Afghanistan of another fundamentalist Islamic government, a Sunni complement to Shiite Iran.”

 – Steve Coll, Ghost Wars, Page 169

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