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Published On: Tue, Feb 14th, 2017

Russia Blasted for Supporting Afghanistan’s Taliban

nsnbc : Afghan lawmaker Abdul Rauf Ibrahimi said Russia has become weary of Afghanistan but Russians are still thinking about interference in the country. NATO General Nicholson for his part, said Russia has become more assertive over the past year, supporting the legitimacy of the Taliban.

Abdul Rauf Ibrahimi_Afghanistan_2017The Speaker of the Lower House of the Parliament of Afghanistan, Abdul Rauf Ibrahimi, spoke during a gathering in the capital Kabul to mark the 28th university of the withdrawal of Soviet forces.

Ibrahimi said the current Russian leaders are still thinking to interfere in Afghanistan despite 28 years have passed since the bitter defeat of the forces of the former Soviet Union forces in the country.

He added that the Russian political leadership, unfortunately, are keen to weaken the democratic system of Afghanistan by overtly supporting the Taliban. In 2016 Russia supported attempts to restart peace talks between the Taliban and the Afghan government. This months there were renewed reports about Russian attempts to broker peace talks.

Ibrahimi stressed that the Soviet mistake to interfere in Afghanistan, which ended in the defeat of Soviet forces 28 years ago, must not be repeated and that Russia better think thoroughly about repeating such an experience.

Map plottings, Major (r) Agha Humayum Amin

Map plotting courtesy Major (r) Agha Humayum Amin

Ibrahimi didn’t comment on the fact that the presence of US and US-led troops in the country is as much part of a larger geopolitical competition as the presence of Soviet troops years ago, and that Afghanistan still is one of the major geopolitical fault lines. Ibrahimi also didn’t comment on the fact that Iran also has increased its covert support for Taliban factions and that Iranian rockets and munitions were seized from defeated Taliban fighters.

The top US commander in Afghanistan General John Nicholson noted last week that Russia has become more assertive over the past year, overtly lending legitimacy to the Taliban to undermine NATO efforts and bolster belligerents using the false narrative that only the Taliban are fighting ISIL-K.

Nicholson, however, noted that “Similarly, neighboring Iran is providing support to the Taliban while also engaging the Afghan government over issues of water rights, trade, and security”. General Nicholson who is also the commander of the NATO-led Resolute Support Mission, made the remarks during a briefing to the Senate Armed Services Committee on Thursday.

F/AK – nsnbc 14.02.2017

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