Soviet Afghan War pt. Vl The Carnage Continues
One of the first major events of 1985 during the Soviet Afghan War actually occurred in neighboring Pakistan at the Badaber Fortress in Peshawar. There Mujahideen forces were trained by foreign advisors from supporting countries such as China, Egypt, the United States and of course Pakistan. However it was also used as a prison for 12 Soviet soldiers and 40 Afghan Army soldiers who were captured during the war. On April 26th 1985, these 52 prisoners rose up against their captors, captured the fortress, and participated in a bloody battle that lasted over 12 hours and resulted in the deaths of over 100 Mujahideen, around 75 Pakistani soldiers, and six foreign military advisers. All 52 prisoners were killed after the Mujahideen and Pakistani forces retook the fortress. Just before the Badaber Uprising, inside Afghanistan’s Kunar Province, the Mujahideen had their own success during a ambush on the Soviet 334th Detached Spetsnaz Group and evacuation of civilians from a couple of targeted Afghan villages. The 334th had been operating in the region for little less than a month and were in the process of investigating suspected Mujahideen villages when they were ambushed and portions of the force were cut off. 31 Soviet soldiers were killed in what was known as the Battle of Maravar Pass.
The next major event was the ninth and final Panjshir Offensive occurring in mid June of 1985. The offensive had no strategic value, but was in retaliation for the Mujahideen capturing over 600 Afghan Army soldiers. The prisoners were marched into the mountains and persued by Soviet forces for a rescue, however when a firefight began, the prisoners were out in the open and most were killed. The Mujahideen are suspected to have killed many of the prisoners, but they claim it was the Soviet bombings that killed the prisoners. The rest of 1985 didn’t see any major battles, just for the continuous fighting throughout the country. By 1985 more than 5 million Afghan civilians had been displaced by the Soviet Afghan War due to the massive destruction of the country by both sides. Continued in comments 👇👇👇