When the Soviet Union accidentally invaded Iran — Operation South

In 1982, the Red Army mistake entered Iran and destroyed an asbestos plant. Luckily, it didn’t escalate into a war.

Karthick Nambi
Lessons from History


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It’s 1982, and a squadron of helicopters carrying Soviet soldiers flew through the dusty mountains of Afghanistan. The mission of the soldiers was to attack a Mujahideen base on the border of Afghanistan.

The soldiers found the base and destroyed it- As they were jubilant, they discovered they had damaged the wrong building. The team was in Iran and was about to start an international standoff.

The Cold War

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At the end of the 1970s, the USSR was a tolitarian empire controlling half of Europe and extending its global reach.

Ideological conflict led to the Cold War between the USA and USSR never engaged in a direct conflict but were at each other’s throats through a third party. The Korean War, the Cuban Missile Crisis, and the Vietnam War, etc., were just a few Cold War battlefield.