Following the assassination of US ambassador to Afghanistan Adolph Dubs, the United States retracted its support for the DRA, and began a secret CIA program known as Operation Cyclone. This program armed and financed the Mujahideen with many weapons and over 1 billion dollars. Overall, Operation Cyclone was the United States's attempt to fight the Soviet's communist influence in Afghanistan without getting directly involved.
The Mujahideen relied heavily on the United States' support of weapons and money. http://www.trustineducation.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/01/modjakhedy-3.jpg
As you've learned, the Afghan communist party known as the Democratic Party of Afghanistan sided with the Soviet Union, obviously because of their shared communist agenda, which was outlined by the Brezhnev Doctrine. Additionally, Operation Cyclone marked the beginning of the United States' opposition to the communist Afghan government, and its support for the Mujahideen. The problem, however, was that the Mujahideen and the United States were not fighting the DRA for the same reasons. The Mujahideen was only fighting for Islamic representation in the Afghan government, whereas the United States was fighting in an attempt to prevent the spawning of a communist government in Afghanistan. These mixed religious and political motives lead to conflicting goals later down the road.
The Mujahideen and the United States both shared the short term goal to overthrow the DRA, but their reasons for having this goal were vastly different.
City of Kabul during the transition time period as Soviet forces withdrew from Afghanistan and beginning of their civil war began.
The body of a young girl, who was killed by the powerful blast of a bomb, is carried by Afghan firefighters. The powerful bomb shattered rows of homes, along with shops, on May 14, 1988 in downtown Kabul. The explosion was believed to be planted in a truck on the eve of the Soviet Union’s withdrawal from Afghanistan.
February of 1984, in the village of Omarz, wrecked Soviet vehicles are rammed onto the street of Panchir Valley.
Aftermath of a village located in Salang Highway destroyed in the fight between the Islamic fundamentalists, Mujahideen Guerilla fighters, and the Afghan soldiers supported by the Soviet Union.
Physical damage on already minimal infrastructure after twenty-five years of war in Afghanistan. Once a safeguard home, was partly destroyed into nothing more than rubble and dust.
Afghan village wiped out and destroyed by Soviet forces.