The United States is concerned over the increased influence of Russia in Afghanistan as Gen. John Nicholson, the US commander in Afghanistan -with Defence Secretary Jim Mattis accused Moscow of arming the Taliban in Afghanistan. But Moscow denies it provides weapons to the Talibans or any other Islamist jihadist outfits.
Issuing a warning to Moscow, Nicholson said anyone who arms belligrents who perpetuate attacks is denying the sovereignty of other countries and We’are going to confront Russia.
“Any weapons being funnelled here from a foreign country would be a violation of international law.
Keeping in view the latest developments..
1) Russia’s increasing influence by arming Taliban,
2) Taliban insurgents increasing the areas under their control in Afghanistan
3) ISIS-Khorasan attacks
4) Hekmatyar’s views and impact of his policies
Trump’s top team members including National security adviser H. R. McMaster and Secretary of Defense James Mattis travelled to Afghanistan to discuss their proposals for enhancing US role in battling a resilient Taliban as well as terror groups, including ISIS. The US has now about 9,800 troops in Afghanistan.
After returning from Kabul, Trump’s foreign policy advisers and military men have proposed a significant shift in strategy in Afghanistan, putting the United States back on a war footing with the Taliban.
The shift in Afghanistan’s policy comes at a time when Taliban militants have seized control of a Qala-e-Zal district near Kunduz on Saturday morning following two days of heavy fighting with the security forces, which is a major blow to the Ashraf Ghani government. Taliban s are quit active in Helmand, Kandahar and Uruzgan.
The plan is yet to be approved by U.S. President Donald Trump. “National security adviser H. R. McMaster and Mattis favour the troop increase to accelerate training missions for Afghan forces so as to give a tough fight to Taliban.
The new plan recommends for an enhanced U.S. military role as part of a broader effort to push resurgent Taliban back to the negotiating table including scaling up strikes against the militant group.
Afghan Ministry of Defense spokesman Gen. Dawlat Waziri said that a troop increase would benefit Afghanistan and the international community.
The Taliban militants have lunched this year’s annual spring offensive last week and US military believe that Russia has been giving the Taliban the necessary weapons like machine guns and medium weight weapons.