Top US general says 'not refuting' reports Russia supplying Taliban

Intelligence showed Russia was providing monetary and weapons support to Taliban, says senior US military official

Reuters April 24, 2017
US Army General John Nicholson (L), commander of US Forces Afghanistan, and US Defence Secretary James Mattis (R) hold a news conference at Resolute Support headquarters in Kabul, Afghanistan April 24, 2017. PHOTO: REUTERS

KABUL: The head of US and international forces in Afghanistan said on Monday he was "not refuting" reports that Russia was providing support, including weapons, to the Taliban.

General John Nicholson was speaking in Kabul during a visit by US Defence Secretary Jim Mattis.

Asked about reports that Russia was providing a range of help including weapons to the Taliban, who control large areas of Afghanistan, he replied: "Oh no I'm not refuting that."

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A senior US military official, speaking on condition of anonymity, told reporters that intelligence showed that Russia was providing monetary and weapons support to the Taliban, specifically weapons such as machine guns.

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AQ | 3 years ago | Reply | Recommend Wel, US created them and Russian, India and Afghanistan are operating them. He is kinda right but US is also operating Talibans so accept that too.
FAZ | 3 years ago | Reply | Recommend Russia supporting Taliban. US supporting Al-Nusra and likes in Syria.. And who is getting killed? Muslims..
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