Contents tagged with Taliban

  • Russia deploys troops and tanks to Afghanistan border

    Russia has deployed tanks and troops to the border with Afghanistan, where the Taliban continues the offensive.

    Tank crews from the 201st military base in Tajikistan made a 200-kilometer march from the Lyaur training ground to the Kharb-Maydon training ground bordering Afghanistan, Interfax reports with reference to the press service of the Russian Central Military District.

    Russian tank units will take part in joint exercises with Tajikistan and Uzbekistan, which are scheduled for August 5-10 …

  • Russia denies supporting Taliban

    The Russian embassy in Afghanistan says that local media reports that Russia is assisting the Taliban are nothing but speculation and sensationalism.

    “After the recent visit by a delegation of the Qatar Taliban office to Moscow, the Russian Embassy in Kabul has drawn attention to the appearance in the Afghan press of more baseless accusations that Russia is supporting the Taliban,” the embassy said in a statement on its Facebook page.

    The embassy cites two example articles, one of which was …

  • Taliban delegation visits Moscow after talks with the USA failed

    A delegation of the Afghan Taliban visited Moscow, where they held talks with the Russian President's special representative for Afghanistan, Zamir Kabulov.

    During the talks, the Russian side stressed the need to resume negotiations between Washington and the Taliban. The Taliban, in turn, reaffirmed their readiness to continue the dialogue with Washington. Before that, the Taliban wants to strengthen its negotiating position, with the support of regional powers such as Russia, China, Iran, as …

  • Ukraine submitted a report to NATO on Russia’s ties to ISIS and Taliban

    The People's Deputy of Ukraine from the Petro Poroshenko Bloc "Solidarity" and head of the Ukrainian delegation to the NATO Parliamentary Assembly, Iryna Friz, provided NATO leadership with a report on Russia's relations with Islamist terrorist groups, including the Islamic State.

    "During the NATO PA spring session in Tbilisi, I provided the Vice President of the organization, Rasa Jukneviciene, and each member of the national delegations with an analytical report on the Russian Federation’s …

  • Ukraine intends to prove that Russia supplies weapons to the Taliban

    Washington's allegations that Russia is supplying arms to the Taliban are unprofessional, and there are no grounds for such assertions. So says Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, as reported by RIA Novosti.

    “As for the allegations of supplying arms to the Taliban, which come from the military in Washington and from the military that is leading the US group in the region, including Afghanistan under the command of General Nicholson, they are unprofessional statements and have no basis in …

  • Der Spiegel: Thousands of Afghan refugees in Germany claim to belong to Taliban

    Several thousands of refugees from Afghanistan, who have arrived in Germany since 2015, claim that they had contact with the Taliban or fought for the Taliban. The weekly newspaper Der Spiegel reported this on Saturday, April 22, with reference to a letter from the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees (BAM) to the German intelligence service.

    The Federal Prosecutor’s Office is examining more than 70 cases, and six people are in investigative isolation, the publication specifies.

    It is …

  • NATO commander suggests that Russia has been helping the Afghan Taliban

    The Supreme Allied Commander of Europe and the Commander of the United States European Command, U.S. Army General Curtis Scaparrotti said that Russia may be helping the Islamist Taliban in Afghanistan, which is fighting against the U.S.-backed government.

    At a hearing in the Senate Committee on Defense Forces, he said he saw evidence that Russia was stepping up efforts to influence the Taliban and, according to him, "perhaps even supply” this group, Radio Liberty reported. The general did not …

  • US intelligence suspects Russia of supporting the Taliban

    Anonymous sources within US intelligence services suggest that Russia provides weapons and military training to the Taliban in Afghanistan. The West also suspects that Moscow’s support of the Taliban is guided by the Russia’s desire to undermine the pro-American government in Kabul, as reported by Rosbalt.

    According to information obtained by the Associated Press from US intelligence sources, evidence was found that Moscow supplied weapons to the Taliban in 2015, during the Islamic group’s …

  • Taliban denies cooperation with Russia in fight against Islamic State

    Al Jazeera reported that the Taliban denies allegations that it is cooperating with Russia in the fight against the so-called Islamic State.

    “We can destroy the Islamic State without any help from anyone. We are having talks but not about the fight against the Islamic State. We want foreign forces out of our country, that is what we are talking about at the moment,” a Taliban representative stated.

    He also noted that the number of Islamic State fighters isn’t significant in Afghanistan and it …