Friday, March 24, 2017

Top US Gen.: Russia Supplying Afghan Taliban; Tells Senate Russian Afghanistan Role Growing

The top U.S. general in Europe told a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing yesterday that Russia may be influencing and even supplying the Taliban in Afghanistan with military equipment, the NBC News website reports today (March 24, 2017).

Army Gen. Curtis Scaparrotti -- who also serves as NATO's Supreme Allied Commander in Europe -- told Senators that Russia's role in Afghanistan seems to be growing.

"I've seen the influence of Russia of late -- increased influence in terms of association and perhaps even supply to the Taliban," Gen. Scaparrotti said.

The news comes in the wake of the Taliban's capture of the hotly contested town of Sangin in Afghanistan yesterday, the location of a number of U.S. and British fatalities inside the deadly Helmand Province.

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