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get citationExtract from CPSU CC Politburo Decision about the dispatch of a special division to Afghanistan upon the request of Amin"Extract from CPSU CC Politburo Decision" December 06, 1979, History and Public Policy Program Digital Archive, As cited in A.A. Lyakhovskiy, The Tragedy and Valour of the Afghani (Moscow: GPI "Iskon", 1995), p. 107. http://digitalarchive.wilsoncenter.org/document/111579
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To Comrades Brezhnev, Andropov, Gromyko, Suslov, Ustonov
Extract From Protocol No. 176 of
the Meeting of the CC CPSU Politburo of 6 December 1979
About the dispatch of a special detachment to Afghanistan
Agree with the proposal on this issue set forth in the note of the KGB USSR and the Ministry of Defense of 4 December 1979. No. 312/2/0073 (attached).
CC SECRETARY L. BREZHNEV
To the CC CPSU
The Chairman of the Revolutionary Council, General Secretary of the CC PDPA, and Prime Minister of the DRA H. Amin recently has insistently been raising the issue of the necessity of sending to Kabul of a motorized rifle battalion for defense of his residence
Taking account of the situation as it has developed and the request, H. Amin considers it expedient to sent to Afghanistan the detachment of the GRU of the General Staff which has been prepared for these goals, with a complement of about 500 men, in a uniform which does not reveal its belonging to the Armed Forces of the USSR. The possibility of sending this detachment to the DRA was envisioned by the decision of the CC CPSU Politburo of 06.29.79 No. P 156/IX.
Regarding the fact that issues related to the sending of the detachment to Kabul have been agreed with the Afghan side, we propose that it is possible to drop it in on airplanes of military transport aviation during the first half of December of this year. Com. Ustinov, D.F. is in agreement.
Iu. Andropov, N. Ogarkov
4 December 1979