It’s also strange to be floating conspiracies about Russian arms making their way to Kandahar bazaars, when we all know who has been backing the Taliban: the ISI, Pakistan’s intelligence service, with funding from the Saudis and the Gulf monarchies. The ISI nurtured, trained, equipped and advised the Taliban from its birth in Pakistani refugee camps, to its conquest of most of Afghanistan in the mid-late 1990s; and the Saudis and Gulf monarchs sponsored the whole thing. This isn’t a big secret. Just a few months ago, the New York Times did a big exposé headlined “Saudis Bankroll Taliban, Even as King Officially Supports Afghan Government”. But stories like that are just bummers, so everyone willfully forgets it and goes back to its version of Pokémon Go—something like “Putínmon Go” where every DC hack and military contractor runs around virtual-Afghanistan catching virtual-Putínmon phantoms…
According to local sources, the Taliban militants have studied the daily routine of the Afghan army, entered the territory of the base in the guise of servicemen. Two SUVs they passed the first checkpoint, pretending to be a combat group that is returned from patrol, and the second, a suicide bomber arranged explosion, after which 5 militants were headed into the base, where most of the soldiers were no weapons in the mosque and dining room, which explains the large number of dead and wounded. The Taliban also reported that the attackers were helped by 4 agent inside the base, which helped the attackers to kill the colleagues.
According to the official statement of the headquarters of American troops in Afghanistan, a system of caves and tunnels in the province of Nangarhar was dropped the largest non-nuclear bomb GBU-43.
One of the sources of the newspaper “Express Tribune” noted that the Taliban considered the visit to China as part of a program for the development of relations with other countries, both European and regional. However, the main issue on the agenda of the event was the task of restoring peace in Afghanistan and the prospect of resolving the conflict through negotiations.
Therefore, the issue of support of those or other initiatives requires a balancing of the interests of the Russian Federation in relations with other countries. Careful policy leads to the fact that the participants of local wars, understanding the decline in the US role in the region begin to seek other points of support, going beyond the paradigm where everything depended on US..Therefore, the Afghan MPs after the songs about the greatness of the United States, turned on the record about the greatness of Russia and China, and lobbyists reconciliation with the Taliban making frequent visits to Moscow and Beijing. The world really is changing before our eyes and the echo of these changes are audible even in a backwater like Afghanistan.
In Afghanistan, the Taliban destroyed a convoy of Afghan security forces. Several armored vehicles were destroyed and several taken in the form of trophies. They also nearly killed the notorious General Dostum.
In Kabul, a suicide bomber blew himself up near the U.S. Embassy and the NATO mission in Afghanistan. According to preliminary data from 10 to 30 people were killed and more than 320 were injured. Responsibility for the attack was taken by the Taliban.
IS recently threatened to attack Russia’s territory: “We will make your wives concubines and make your children our slaves,” IS commanders warned. However, Vladimir Putin vowed that Russia would destroy IS infrastructure. Speaking at a meeting with senior commanders, he said that additional aircraft and air defence weapons were shifted to a Russian base in Syria. To sternly counter the terrorist group, Russia also adorned Kyrgyzstan’s forces with modern weapons and deployed an additional force in Tajikistan and Uzbekistan. The Putin administration is trying to use the Taliban against IS. A couple of years ago Russia had warned about growing IS strength in Afghanistan. Once IS fighters enter Central Asia, they will destabilise the region, a Russian police commander has warned.