Afghanistan President. He served as President of Afghanistan from September 14, 1979 to his assassination during the first days of the Soviet invasion of the country on December 27, 1979. He graduated from Kabul University and then traveled to United States to attend Columbia University for graduate work. Amin came back to Afghanistan and entered the teaching profession. He became a member of leftist People's Democratic Party of Afghanistan in 1963. On April 27, 1978 Amin, who had become powerful in the PDPA, help engineer a coup that ousted Afghan leader Mohammad Daoud Khan. The leader of the PDPA, Nur Mohammad Taraki, was installed as president and prime minister and Amin was named deputy prime minister. The Taraki regime was not popular in the country and this led to unrest throughout Afghanistan. In March of 1979 Amin took over Taraki's post as prime minister and on September 14, 1979, he ousted Taraki and declared himself president. Amin tried to improve relations with Pakistan and the United States and this led to Soviet mistrust of him. The Soviet Union invaded Afghanistan on December 24, 1979 and three days later Amin was killed by Soviet troops and buried on the grounds of Tajbeg Palace.
Bio by: Mr. Badger Hawkeye