"General Boris V. Gromov, the commander of the Soviet forces in Afghanistan, walked across the Friendship Bridge into Uzbekistan on February 15, 1989. '…Our nine-year stay ends with this.' The Soviets had lost fifteen thousand lives and suffered more than thirty thousand casualties. Between a million and two million Afghans perished, perhaps 90 percent of them civilians."
– The Looming Tower, Lawrence Wright, 2/15/1989
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