Contents tagged with Afghanistan

  • Russia and Pakistan conduct joint military exercises

    Pakistan and Russia began annual joint military exercises to strengthen cooperation in the war against terrorism and the growing threat from the Islamic State group in neighboring Afghanistan.

    According to officials, the Friendship III exercise began on Monday at the National Center for Counterterrorism in the mountain city of Pabbi. A Pakistani Special Forces headquarters is also located there.

    The official representative of the Pakistan army, Major General Asif Ghafoor, said that this was …

  • Afghan ambassador demands an apology from Russia for deployment of Soviet troops

    Abdul Qayoum Kochai, an ambassador of Afghanistan in Russia, stated during a meeting of the Afghanistan ambassador with LDPR party in the Russian lower house of a parliament that Kabul expects the Russian authorities to apologize for deploying Soviet troops in Afghanistan in 1979.

    Qayoum Kochai said that what happened in 1978-1979 was a mistake. “The Left party came to power [in Afghanistan] in 1978 but it wasn’t a real left-wing. The only thing they wanted was power,” RIA Novosti quotes him …

  • Ukrainian Ministry of Defense to send 16 troops to Afghanistan and two to Mali

    The Ukrainian ministry of defense will send additional sixteen troops for the peacekeeping mission in Afghanistan until the end of 2018, said, at the briefing on Tuesday, Valentin Levchik, acting head of the Main Directorate for Military Cooperation and Peacekeeping Operations of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.

    He noted that this is in accordance with the previous agreement. “To send the personnel to the NATO mission Resolute Support in the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, …

  • Ukraine may increase its contingent in Afghanistan

    Ukrainian servicemen will continue to participate in the NATO Resolute Support mission in Afghanistan, and the Ukrainian contingent may be increased three-fold, Ukraine's Defense Minister Stepan Poltorak reported.

    "The Armed Forces of Ukraine have been performing tasks in the Republic of Afghanistan for eleven years; we will also continue to participate in the mission’s operation. We are willing to increase contribution and to provide additional personnel to the headquarters of the mission – …

  • Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov requests US explanation of 'unidentified helicopters' in Afghanistan

    Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov says that Moscow is awaiting the US’s comments on the fact that there are helicopters flying in militant-controlled regions of Afghanistan, RIA Novosti reports. According to Lavrov, “the leaders of several Afghan provinces” have reported on such helicopters.

    “… the unidentified helicopters are in all likelihood helicopters that NATO forces have some kind of connection to, and that carry out flights in the regions where the militants are based. Currently …

  • Six Ukrainian citizens among the victims of the attack on the hotel in Kabul

    Six Ukrainian citizens were killed during the attack of militants at the Intercontinental Hotel in Kabul as reported on Sunday, January 21, on Twitter by the head of the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry, Pavlo Klimkin. "I reported to the President about the death of 6 Ukrainian citizens as a result of the attack on the hotel in Kabul," the minister wrote.

    Later, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko expressed his condolences to the families of the deceased and instructed the government to provide …

  • Ukraine to increase number of its troops in Afghanistan

    Ukraine will increase its contingent in Afghanistan, said Vadym Prystaiko, the Head of Ukraine’s Mission to NATO, to reporters in Brussels, as a correspondent of reports.

    Prystaiko did not specify how many Ukrainian troops are already in Afghanistan or how many people would be added. He did say that it would be less than a hundred.

    “It might be military, including, for example, military instructors and not just coaches. It might be police coaches, it might be security forces, and it …

  • Russian Foreign Ministry says that US Army must leave Afghanistan

    The US military contingent must leave Afghanistan, as Washington’s campaign has proved to be inconclusive, said Zamir Kabulov, Russian Special Envoy for Afghanistan and the Director of the Second Asia Department at the Russian Foreign Ministry.

    "Moscow has never hurried the withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan; however, since the US army can not do anything properly, they should leave Afghanistan. The American campaign in Afghanistan has failed. Afghanistan may become a global incubator of …

  • NATO Secretary General: Ukraine promised to support the NATO mission in Afghanistan

    NATO will retain its military presence in Afghanistan after 2017 and strengthen it, as stated by the Secretary General of the North Atlantic Alliance Jens Stoltenberg, on Thursday, following a meeting of NATO Defense Ministers on Afghanistan.

    "We will continue our mission of 'Resolute support' after 2017. Today I can confirm that we will also strengthen our presence," he said, noting that 15 NATO countries committed themselves to increasing their contribution to the mission in Afghanistan. "We …

  • Russia: Unidentified aircraft helping ISIS in Afghanistan

    The Russian Foreign Ministry issued a statement on the flights of an unidentified aircraft which provides assistance to ISIS in Afghanistan.

    The ministry drew attention to reports of regular flights of an aircraft without identification marks in various regions of Afghanistan. In particular, the reports contain information about instances where boxes with weapons and other supplies were dropped for ISIS units.

     “This naturally raises a question to the above-mentioned representatives of NATO …