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    Russia may be helping supply Taliban insurgents: U.S. general
    Thu Mar 23, 2017
    By Phil Stewart and Idrees Ali | WASHINGTON

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    Commander of U.S. Forces in Europe, General Curtis Scaparrotti speaks during a news conference in Tallinn, Estonia, March 14, 2017. REUTERS/Ints Kalnins


    The top U.S. general in Europe said on Thursday that he had seen Russian influence on Afghan Taliban insurgents growing and raised the possibility that Moscow was helping supply the militants, whose reach is expanding in southern Afghanistan.

    "I've seen the influence of Russia of late - increased influence in terms of association and perhaps even supply to the Taliban," Army General Curtis Scaparrotti, who is also NATO's Supreme Allied Commander, Europe, told a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing.


    He did not elaborate on what kinds of supplies might be headed to the Taliban or how direct Russia's role might be.

    Moscow has been critical of the United States over its handling of the war in Afghanistan, where the Soviet Union fought a bloody and disastrous war of its own in the 1980s.

    But Russian officials have denied they provide aid to the insurgents, who are contesting large swaths of territory and inflicting heavy casualties, and say their limited contacts are aimed at bringing the Taliban to the negotiating table.

    According to U.S. estimates, government forces control less than 60 percent of Afghanistan, with almost half the country either contested or under control of the insurgents, who are seeking to reimpose Islamic law after their 2001 ouster.

    Underlying the insurgents' growing strength, Taliban fighters have captured the strategic district of Sangin in the southern Afghan province of Helmand, officials said on Thursday.

    The top U.S. commander in the country, General John Nicholson, said last month that Afghanistan was in a "stalemate" and that thousands more international troops would be needed to boost the existing NATO-led training and advisory mission.

    Scaparrotti said the stakes were high. More than 1,800 American troops have been killed in fighting since the war began in 2001.

    "NATO and the United States, in my view, must win in Afghanistan," he said.

    Taliban officials have told Reuters that the group has had significant contacts with Moscow since at least 2007, adding that Russian involvement did not extend beyond "moral and political support."

    http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-afghanistan-russia-idUSKBN16U234
     
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    Taliban kill more than 140 Afghan soldiers at army base
    Group of disguised suicide attackers manning national army vehicles target base in Mazar-i-Sharif

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    Afghan national army troops arrive near the site of an ongoing attack on an army headquarters in Mazar-i-Sharif in northern Afghanistan on Friday. Photograph: Anil Usyan/Reuters

    Sune Engel Rasmussen in Kabul and Spencer Ackerman in New York
    Saturday 22 April 2017 07.11 EDT


    At least 140 Afghan soldiers have been killed after Taliban suicide attackers disguised as army personnel targeted a national army base in the north of the country.

    It was the deadliest attack in Afghanistan since July 2016, when two Isis suicide bombers killed 80 Hazara protesters.

    The defence ministry said more than 100 Afghan soldiers had been killed or wounded.

    One official in Mazar-i-Sharif, where the attack occurred, said on Saturday that at least 140 soldiers had been killed and many others wounded. Other officials said the toll was likely to be higher. The Afghan government had yet to release exact casualty figures.

    The ministry said 10 Taliban insurgents had carried out the attack.

    According to an informed official in Mazar-i Sharif, who was not authorised to speak to the media, the attackers arrived in two Afghan national army vehicles with licence plates from the western Faryab province.

    Some of the soldiers pretended to be injured, with casts on their legs and drips in their arms, in order to pass through the first checkpoint. At the second checkpoint, guards became suspicious and one suicide bomber blew himself up.

    Once inside the base, at least one other suicide bomber detonated his vest in the dining facility, and another outside the mosque. The rest of the attackers then went on a shooting spree, the official said.

    A bodyguard at the base, who asked not to be named, said: “After prayer we went outside and saw an army vehicle with three to five people in. They came out and opened fire with Kalashnikovs.”

    The US military confirmed that coalition personnel were present at the Mazar-i-Sharif base, but there were no reports of casualties among their number. A US security official said the Afghan death toll was “in the neighbourhood” of 130.

    In a statement, the US military in Afghanistan condemned the attack.

    “The attack on the 209th Corps shows the barbaric nature of the Taliban. They killed soldiers at prayer in a mosque and others in a dining facility,” the US commander John Nicholson said in the statement on Friday.


    A month ago militants disguised as doctors stormed an army hospital in the capital, Kabul, and killed at least 38 wounded soldiers and doctors.


    In April 2016, suicide bombers killed more than 60 people in an attack on an intelligence headquarters in central Kabul. That attack was the deadliest in an urban area since the beginning of the war in 2001.

    Mazar-i-Sharif is one of Afghanistan’s safest cities but home to large military facilities, which also house some foreign troops. In November, the compound of the German consulate was rammed by a truck strapped with explosives, killing six and injuring more than 120, all Afghans.

    Donald Trump said little about Afghanistan during his election campaign but is conducting a policy review of America’s longest war.

    His national security adviser, Lt Gen HR McMaster, an Afghanistan war veteran, visited the country last weekend and met President Ashraf Ghani.

    In January, Nicholson requested thousands more US troops to aid the Afghan security forces, which suffered more than 6,785 deaths and more than 10,000 injured in 2016.

    The commander called the high levels of casualties a “major concern” and attributed them to poor leadership and an overreliance on static checkpoints.

    https://www.theguardian.com/world/2...rs-killed-taliban-suicide-attackers-army-base

    This is another front being opened by Russia (covertly) to check Donald Trump's claim of 'America First'. Sensing a 'vacuum' as US seemingly withdraws, Russia is attempting to secure it's interests in the region. This has more to do with the Russian campaign in Syria to prop up the Assad Regime as also to protect it's 'underbelly' in the Caucasus region. An unstable region without robust US support will be an industry for 'ungoverned' militants high on Islamic ideology. By supporting Pakistani attempts at control of Afghanistan with Taliban, it is trying to keep the same under control with minimal investments on it's side.


    The ramifications for India in this game are tremendous. India can not afford either a Talibani control of Afghanistan, nor an unstable Afghanistan.
     
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    This doesn't look good for us.... Good news for Pakistan.....
     
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    On the contrary, US will be hard pressed not to allow Afghanistan to become another foreign policy disaster. Iran is next after North Korea, we will see Pakistan in trouble here.
     
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    It seems Afghanistan is a losing its stability.

    Problem is this ANA ,that have full of high tech equipments,corrupt officers and illtrained military .
    Mean while Taliban have a highly motivated yet battle hardened militants .

    We should look for a Plan B .
    Develop those NA areas ,made them like a Kurdistan .Once they can regains that control they will help this ANA to push this Taliban.

    This attack is a spectacular example of illtraining and corruption and non existent of SOP.
    Taliban knows the operation of Afghan so called Special Forces ..

    10 Taliban militants killed 140 Afghan Army men.Are you kidding me?
    What kind of training is this ?
    There is a report that those dumbs from Afghan Special Forces killed their friends instead of foes .
    So much for Special .
    @Hellfire .
    I think Americans trained them
     
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    It was a classical raid. Please remember that the Taliban is also of local population only. So they have worn ANA uniform and gained access. It can happen anywhere. And striking them at prayer time was the coup de grace. Nothing that is surprising as unit routine is general information for anyone around the unit in a city/town.
     
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    Bomb attack hits U.S. base in eastern Afghanistan
    WORLD NEWS | Mon Apr 24, 2017 | 7:23am EDT


    Suspected Taliban insurgents on Monday attacked a U.S.-operated base in Afghanistan's eastern province of Khost, officials said, but gave few immediate details of an assault that coincided with a visit to Kabul by U.S. Secretary of Defense James Mattis.

    The attackers had detonated a car bomb at an entrance to Camp Chapman, a secretive facility manned by U.S. forces and private military contractors, said Mubarez Mohammad Zadran, a spokesman for the provincial governor.

    But he had little immediate information on any damage or casualties.

    "I am aware of a car bomb attack at one of the gates in the U.S. base, but we are not allowed there to get more details," the spokesman said.

    A spokesman for the U.S. military in Afghanistan, Capt. William Salvin, confirmed the car bomb attack. He said there appeared to be a number of Afghan casualties but none among U.S. or coalition personnel at the base.

    The attack came just three days after more than 140 Afghan soldiers were killed in an attack on their base by Taliban fighters disguised in military uniforms.



    (Reporting by Ahmad Shah and Josh Smith; Writing by James Mackenzie; Editing by Clarence Fernandez)

    http://www.reuters.com/article/us-afghanistan-blast-idUSKBN17Q12C?il=0
     
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    Days are numbered for Pak Proxy in Afghan. It will jus matter of time before they are trashed...
     
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    True. Donald Trump will not allow US to suffer another setback, something the descent of Afghanistan into chaos will definitely come out to be as such. I am expecting a confluence of Indian interests with US in Afghanistan, with repercussions for both Iran and Pakistan.

    Russian 'entry' into Pakistani corner has sealed the fate for Pakistan.
     
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    Current status quo was ok for US as there is no one else to take up the Mantle other than India to pickup the Afghans, But this attack has clearly send signals. And Trump being Trump a obnoxious weed will surely stamp on them literally to say.

    And yes you are right on Iran as a matter of fact we were expecting to be first but NK has bumped themselves in. NK would be quick work if at all it happens.

    Pak proxy's are done and dusted period. Jus the Latest report US started helping in intelligence in Software's they have been using organizing these heinous terror attacks and stone pelting. So it going to be a really quick work of India to clear those pure out lol.
     
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    The software thing? Indian facility should be getting online in another few days/weeks maximum for 'managing' unpleasant 'space capable vehicles'.

    @PARIKRAMA I forgot this tidbit.
     
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    will you please elaborate which way Russian entry into afghanistan problem affect pakistan ?
     
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    There is some report about misfire from Afghan Special Force part i.e is they targeted their army man instead of militants .
    It is seems possible because in 26/11 10 men killed unarmed civilians .
    But here 140 Army men killed by 10 militants.Quite impossible.
     
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    I dont think so .
    We have to see this through a neutral perspective . Taliban is actually stronger than Afghan Govt .
    Without NATO the next day they will kicked out by Taliban.
    Out there when common people faces the injustice ,only Taliban would be there to help them .They are effective in that with zero corruption and sudden justice .
    They are actually indoctrinates both Afghan men and women to believe in their system and they are ensuring them that this time they wont repeat the brutality that they did during 90s.

    Now where would they get money? ,
    Poppy cultivation ,Extortion and ISI funding etc.
    Being a powerful insurgent group in a strategic area they are really exploiting the concerns of the other nations .
    Unlike IS or AQ that looks for global jihad ,Taliban is mainly concentrated in the Afghanistan.

    Due to this complex situation Taliban have a lots of local support .

    If you want an end to this ,you should create a Kurdistan like structure in Northern Alliance's area .Develop that area of war torn nation and enable them to defend their people .
     
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    Well from outside point of view what you said would be absolutely right... As i said earlier US was ok with status quo...
    And it was seems to be accepted by both US and Russians...

    But key is bring them to the table. Without enough political clout this truce is not going to work. There is a lame govt. in the helm now which cannot wield power across the country corruption is rampant there. Either it is going to be 2 state solution or a buffer status with autonomy.

    But hey CIA are having ball of their time on this anyways. But i think India is supporting TTP indirectly. So If CIA curtails their venture funds are dried form AF Tab's there is alot going on there with India/Russia being the key drivers of the arrangements.

    But this attack was unwarranted so there are going to be repercussions for that and seems like some of Indian Investments are also going to be affected. Best known can be watching the developments of this in next couple of months.
     
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