Soviet Afghan War pt. V Mujahideen and Soviet Offensives
After half a year of ceasefire with the Soviet forces, the Mujahideen took to the offensive against their invaders, less than 200 miles to the south of the Panjshir Valley, in the town of Urgun. In summer of 1983, Mujahideen began moving into position around the town. The town was of strategic political importance to the Mujahideen, but was not actually defended by any Soviet forces, only Democratic Republic of Afghanistan forces numbering around 900. The Afghan Army forces were split up defending outposts around the town, an airfield, and the town itself. In mid September the Mujahideen had captured a Afghan Army outpost after capturing a tank and using it against the Afghan Army; after the fall of the outpost the Mujahideen had succeeded in surrounding the town. The siege of Urgun lasted until mid January of 1984 when the Mujahideen launched an assault on the town, temporarily overrunning some Afghan Army positions. However the Mujahideen forces ran low on ammunition and lost one of their most crucial weapons, that being one of their captured tanks. After the choking Urgun of supplies, Afghan Army forces finally broke through the Mujahideen forces ending the siege of Urgun. Other attacks such as the siege of Urgun occurred across Afghanistan during 1983-1984.
Back in the Panjshir Valley, the Soviet forces returned to commence their seventh Panjshir offensive, a year and a half after the last one had commenced. The seventh offensive was the biggest ever offensive in the Panjshir Valley, which involved around 11,000 Soviet soldiers and over 2,500 Afghan Army troops, supported by 200 aircraft and nearly 200 helicopters. The newly appointed Soviet high command agreed with Afghan leaders that the only way to prevail in the Panjshir Valley was to kill everyone and everything that was in the valley. Soviet loyalists to the old Soviet high command which had been replaced, gave warning to Mujahideen leaders that a massive and merciless attack was coming. Continued in comments