Afghan Mujahideen

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The Mujahideen were Afghan tribesmen who opposed the 1979 Soviet takeover of Afghanistan during the 1980s. They were Muslims who were supported by the United States; they defeated the Soviets in the Soviet-Afghan War. They were in no way connected with the Taliban, who came later, and if anything the two parties feuded with each other. Likewise, they were not connected to al Qaeda or Osama bin Laden, and in fact, the latter party was given little to no financing or training, utilizing their own channels to conduct training.