Spetsnaz (Soviet Afghanistan war)

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Often, the Spetsnaz are thought of as Army commando units.
In reality, however, Spetsnaz are not a specific tactical unit but a more general clandestine force which were deployed at the behest of the Soviet intelligence security services for special missions.

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