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The greatest disasters in military history

Photos Logo Photos | Slide 1 of 17: In conformity with the geneva accords the return home of the limited contingent of the soviet troops from afghanistan started on may 15,1988, file picture shows withdrawal of the last troops from jalalabad's land in 1989. (Photo by: Sovfoto/UIG via Getty Images)

Wars are won and lost with ineptitude as well as genius. Poor decisions, momentary carelessness or sometimes just overconfidence can change the outcome of a conflict resulting in the loss of thousands of innocent lives and defeat for a country. Here is a look at some of the worst military disasters in history.

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