Top US General Suggests Russia Is Arming Taliban In Afghanistan

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A top U.S. Army general who heads the Resolute Support Mission in Afghanistan and commands the U.S. forces in the country has suggested that Russia is supporting the Taliban.

During a press conference with Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, General John Nicholson said he would not refute reports that suggest Russia may be providing the Taliban with weapons to fight US and NATO troops with.

RFE-RL reports:

General John Nicholson, the commander of U.S. forces in Afghanistan, said during a joint press conference in Kabul with Mattis on April 24 that he wouldn’t dispute that Russia’s involvement in the Afghan war includes Moscow providing weapons to the Tailban.

Nicholson avoided offering specifics.

But, earlier on April 24, a senior U.S. military official told reporters in Kabul that Russia was giving machine guns and other medium-weight weapons to Taliban militants.

That official, briefing journalists about intelligence reports on condition of anonymity, said Taliban fighters are now using Russian-supplied weapons in the southern provinces of Helmand, Kandahar, and Uruzgan.

Russia denies that it provides any such support to the Taliban.

Russia says its contacts with the Taliban are limited to safeguarding security and getting the Islamic extremists to reconcile with Afghanistan’s government.

Russia has also suggested easing global sanctions against Taliban leaders who cooperate with efforts to launch peace talks with the Kabul government.

Mattis, when asked on April 24 about Russian activity in Afghanistan, said Washington is increasingly concerned about reports of Russian weapons shipments to Taliban fighters.

Mattis said Washington would “engage with Russia diplomatically” whereever possible.

But he said the United States was “going to have to confront Russia where what they’re doing is contrary to international law or denying the sovereignty of other countries.”

“For example, any weapons being funneled here from a foreign country would be a violation of international law,” Mattis said.

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Meanwhile, General Nicholson on April 24 also said it was “quite possible” that the Pakistan-based Haqqani militant network was responsible for an April 21 attack on an Afghan military base at Mazar-e Shariff that killed as many as 140 Afghan soldiers.

Nicholson said he came to that assessment after considering the sophisticated planning behind the attack.

The Taliban has claimed responsibility.

Mattis’s arrival in Kabul on April 24 coincided with the resignation of Afghanistan’s defense minister and army chief of staff in the wake of the Mazar-e Sharif massacre.

Mattis, the first member of President Donald Trump’s cabinet to visit Afghanistan, met with Afghanistan’s President Ashraf Ghani and other senior government officials during his previously unannounced April 24 visit.

Mattis’s visit — the final stop on a six-country tour aimed at bolstering relations with U.S. allies and partners — was focused on assessing the needs in the war against the Taliban and other militants as Washington considers whether to deploy more U.S. troops in Afghanistan.

WATCH: Mattis Foresees ‘Another Tough Year’ In Afghanistan

General Nicholson recently told Congress that he needs a few thousand more troops to bolster Afghan security forces until they eventually can handle the fight against Taliban militants on their own.

U.S. officials say Nicholson’s request has been advancing through the chain of command.

U.S. national security adviser General H.R. McMaster visited Kabul earlier in April.


  1. Don’t know if they are, if so, so what. The USA provided many weapons for Bin Laden, A known CIA asset and Crew to kill Russian troops with, when the USSR was bogged down in Afghanistan. Sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander.

    The whole dam world knows that the USA/Israhell, are providing weapons, prohibited chemical weapons, anti-tank weapons, mortars, rifles, money flood, medical help, intelligence, and A NATO air force, to murder Syrians and Russians in Syria.

    Sauce for the goose, is sauce for the gander. Now what is this blow hards objection to the world trying to help peoples oppressed by the USA/Israhell/NATO murder INC

  2. The best part has to be:
    “going to have to confront Russia where what they’re doing is contrary to international law …”

    Suddenly the United States is concerned about respecting international law? Obviously only when it serves the Zionists, in much the same way the US military is used.

  3. Why doesnt he worry more about the 100% fact that the US is arming ISIS while their pals saydi arabia and qatar are funding them

  4. What about dennis kucnich and gabbard asking for a vote for the US to stop arming ISIS. Why would it require a vote!!! Hypocrisy so disgusting

  5. What a joke, Mad Dog talking about violation of international laws when Russia may or may not be supplying arms to the Taliban, where was Mad Dog on violation of international laws when the US unilaterally and illegally launch 59 Tomahawks missiles on Syria a sovereign country based on a cw false flag operation. Before accusing Russia of anything the US should stop arming and supporting ISIS which was created by the CIA. Talk about hypocrisy, this is laughable!

  6. ” Go back to bed America, your government has fiqured out how it all transpired. Go back to bed, America your government is in control again. Here, here’s American Gladiators. Here is 56 channels of it! Watch these pituitary retards bang their fucking skulls together and congratulate you in living in the land of freedom. Here you go, America! You are free to do what we tell you! You are free to do what we tell you! Bill Hicks

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