15/05/1988 The Soviet Union begins withdrawing its troops from Afghanistan
Soviet withdrawal from Afghanistan 1988
Feature History - Soviet-Afghan War
The final and complete withdrawal of Soviet combatant forces from Afghanistan began on 15 May under the leadership of Colonel-General Boris Gromov. Planning for the withdrawal of the Soviet Union from the Afghan War began soon after Mikhail Gorbachev became the General Secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union.