Two code breakers at the National Security Agency, rumored to be gay lovers, had defected to the soviets.
The country had been deforested by the soviets long before the Taliban caused even further devastation.
What the soviets failed to understand is that homegrown insurgency and religious fervor will outlast any conquering force.
1917, from Russian sovet "governing council," literally "council," from Old Russian suvetu "assembly," from su "with" (from *su(n)- "with, together," from PIE *ksun- "with") + vetu "counsel." The whole is a loan-translation of Greek symboulion "council of advisers." As an adjective from 1918.