Kabul 20 years after Soviet troop pullout On February 14, 1989, the last Soviet armored personnel carrier left Kabul. Photo: The remnants of motor vehicles, aircraft and other weapons used during the Soviet war in Afghanistan. A military equipment junkyard. These junkyards cover an area of several dozen square kilometers north of Kabul. Twenty years later, other soldiers are guarding this Kabul television tower, which was controlled by Soviet forces from the early 1980s and until 1989.