In this October 23, 2016 image, a U.S. military helicopter is seen flying toward Bagram airbase from Kabul, Afghanistan. AFP/File/Thomas WATKINS
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Russian pilot found alive 30 years after shot down in AfghanistanA Russian pilot who was missing presumed dead after his plane was shot down three decades ago during the Soviet intervention in Afghanistan has been found alive and wants to come home, Russian military veterans said Friday.RIA Novosti reported that during the course of the war between 1979 and 1989, 125 Soviet planes were shot down in Afghanistan.When Soviet troops pulled out in 1989, around 300 soldiers were listed as missing. Former Soviet soldier Bakhretdin Khakimov, who was interviewed by AFP in 2015, was one of those who opted to remain in Afghanistan.
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