Afghanistan in the 70\'s

The 1970s were, as now, a turbulent time in Afghanistan. Divisive politics, government corruption, hostility among religious factions, terrorist groups such as the brutal Taliban, and other factors led to a call for reform in the nation. The 1970s witnessed mounting political, economic and social ills in the country that many blamed on external factors such as foreign invasion and interference. In the 1970s, two political coups unfolded which, ultimately, witnessed the "People's Democratic Party of Afghanistan (PDPA)" come to power, a government that installed a pro-Soviet regime in 1978 (Laurier 1). The Mujahideen guerilla insurgency continued to create instability in the nation, encouraging the PDPA to "invite the USSR to enter the country in 1979" (Laurier 2). The civil war that unfolded in Afghanistan ste



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