Afghanistan: US, Russia may unite to defeat Taliban

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The Taliban seems to have managed to accomplish the impossible. It has managed to bring longtime rivals the US and Russia closer together for a similar cause.

Washington: The Taliban seems to have managed to accomplish the impossible. It has managed to bring longtime rivals the US and Russia closer together for a similar cause.

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During a classified hearing with senators on Wednesday, top Pentagon officials said the US is in talks with countries that are “on the horizon” about housing counter-terrorist operations along the Afghanistan border that US military forces do. would allow the U.S. to more easily survey and attack targets in the Taliban. controlled country. Those sites could include bases run by Russia in those countries, Politico reported on Wednesday (local time).

According to Politico, briefing lawmakers behind closed doors, US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Mark Milley opened up about discussions being held with the governments of Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan and others. US Central Command (CENTCOM) Commander Kenneth McKenzie details the types and launching points of military aircraft that can be used to launch attacks against targets in Taliban-controlled Afghanistan.

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Top generals testify before the Senate for the first time since the US withdrawal.

On August 31, the US completed the withdrawal of its forces from Afghanistan under the Doha Agreement with the Taliban last year.

Earlier, during public testimony, Milley insisted that he had warned US President Joe Biden that a hasty withdrawal from Afghanistan could increase the risk to Pakistan’s nuclear weapons and the country’s security.

“We anticipated that a quick withdrawal would increase the risks to regional instability, Pakistan’s security and its nuclear arsenal,” Milley said.

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Stressing the need for an investigation into how the Taliban withstood US military pressure for 20 years, the general said, “We need to thoroughly investigate the role of Pakistan’s safe haven.”

First published:September 30, 2021, 7:30 am

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