The 1979 Soviet invasion of Afghanistan spurred U.S. President Jimmy Carter to issue an ultimatum on January 20, 1980 that the United States would boycott the Moscow Olympics if Soviet troops did not withdraw from Afghanistan within one month.
Another large, abstract historical force called the Cold War was responsible for the 1979 Soviet invasion of Afghanistan and the brutal, decade-long war that followed. Bin Laden was greatly influenced by his involvement in that affair. It deepened his religious fundamentalism, cemented his dedication to violent methods, and gained him valuable political connections.
American documentary film on the 1979 Soviet invasion of Afghanistan. It includes interviews with Soviet emigres, a former official in the Afghan Government, a double agent, U.N. delegates, a representative for human rights, Russian soldiers, doctors and journalists.
After the April 1978 coup, relations deteriorated. In February 1979, U.S. Ambassador Adolph "Spike" Dubs was murdered in Kabul after Afghan security forces burst in on his kidnapers. The U.S. then reduced bilateral assistance and terminated a small military training program. All remaining assistance agreements were ended after the December 1979 Soviet invasion.