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As Obama sends 17,000 troops to Afghanistan, we look back to the roots of the conflict. Ray McGovern says that the USSR was “mousetrapped” into invading Afghanistan by the CIA under both the Carter and Reagan administrations. He adds that the CIA policies of that day are “largely responsible” for the existence of today’s armed fundamentalist groups.

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Ray McGovern is a retired CIA officer and was employed under seven US presidents for over 27 years, presenting the morning intelligence briefings at the White House under Presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush.