WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump's comments about Afghanistan this week have been turned into a story lesson that went wrong and a hug to the decision of the former Soviet Union to invade the country in the 1970s. Trump argued that the invasion of the Soviets in Afghanistan was the right thing. to do, even though he said that Moscow "had gone bankrupt" and had led to the fall of the Soviet Union. He added that the invasion was targeting terrorists who were heading to the Soviet Union. In fact, the Soviets were trying to strengthen the communists in Afghanistan and eventually expand their influence against the United States and the West. Some statements from this Wednesday at a Cabinet meeting: "The Soviet invasion of Afghanistan:" The reason Russia was in Afghanistan was the terrorists were going to Russia. They were right there. "FACTS: His assertion that the Soviets were undergoing a terrorist influx from Afghanistan is out of step with the story.While Trump could personally subscribe to Russia 's decision to invade the US. Afghanistan in 1979 the United States at the time did not do it.The United States boycotted the Moscow Olympics in 1980 and the United Nations General Assembly voted to 104 votes Against 104 to lament the Soviet intervention in Afghanistan, the United States at the time supported the anti-communist rebels, known as the mujahideen, whom President Ronald Reagan called freedom fighters. The United States believed that the Soviet Union wanted to strengthen the communists, but also its access to a hot water port from Afghanistan to the sea of Oman. the "terrorists" Trump was talking about were the Afghan insurgents were belligerent against a Communist – led party that staged a coup in Afghanistan in 1978. The Soviet Union tried to reinforce this party and then sent 100,000 soldiers to occupy the country and fight the insurgents.The United States have in fact sided with the Afghans fighting against the Soviet forces, providing them with rockets to the shoulder that allowed them to shoot down helicopters and Soviet planes. It further burdened the Soviets and increased their human and military losses. The Soviets withdrew from Afghanistan in 1989, the very year of the fall of the Berlin Wall. The Soviet Union collapsed in 1991. "To praise the Soviet invasion of #Afghanistan is an insult to the anti-communist struggle," Husain Haqqani, Pakistan's former ambassador to the United States, tweeted. Before February 15, day of the thirtieth anniversary of the Soviet withdrawal from Afghanistan, the Russian parliament must rule on a resolution stating that the invasion was conducted in accordance with "norms of international law". This would cancel a resolution passed in 1989 that condemned the TRUMP invasion: "Russia was formerly the Soviet Union." Afghanistan created it because it went bankrupt in the fighting in Afghanistan. " The problem is that it was a difficult fight. And literally, they went bankrupt. They were called again Russia, as opposed to the Soviet Union. You know, a lot of these places you are talking about are no longer part of Russia because of Afghanistan. It is true that the money spent by the former Soviet Union for producing arms and weapons in the context of competition with the West to exert influence worldwide, including Afghanistan, accelerated its demise.But the intervention of Russia in Afghanistan was far from the only reason for the break.The dissolution of the Soviet Union in 1991 took place in a time of ethnic and political unrest, economic hardship and a series of revolutions that led the Soviet republics to seek their independence. GROUP OF ISLAMIC STATES IN AFGHANISTANTRUMP: "You have terrorists, mainly Taliban, ISIS. I mean, I'll give you an example. Thus, the Taliban are our enemy. ISIS is our enemy … The Taliban are here, they are here and they are fighting each other. I said: Why do not you let them fight? Why are we in the middle? I said: "Let them fight. They are both our enemies. Let them fight. "It's the craziest thing I've ever seen. I think I would have been a good general, but who knows. But you know what? They are two enemies fighting each other, and we end up going in and fighting. And what are we doing? "
IN FACT: It is true that IS militants are fighting against Taliban influence in some parts of Afghanistan, but preventing Afghanistan from becoming a safe place for the extremists was the very reason why the United States intervened in the country. 11, 2001, attacks. The Afghan Taliban have offered al-Qaeda militants a place to train and strengthen their forces to launch attacks against the United States and other targets. The United States continues to keep 14,000 US troops and soldiers in Afghanistan to carry out counterterrorism missions against 9/11 extremists and to train and advise Afghan security forces fighting the Taliban. The Associated Press writer Kathy Gannon in Islamabad contributed to this report. See AP Fact Checks at http://apne.ws/2kbx8bdFollow @APFactCheck on Twitter: https://twitter.com / APFactCheckEDITIT & # 39; S NOTE _ Look at the veracity of statements by political figures