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Thu Feb 9, 2017, 02:37 PM

Top commander: Russia 'legitimizing' Taliban to undermine US, NATO

Source: The Hill

Russia is trying to legitimize the Taliban in order to undermine the United States and NATO, the top U.S. general in Afghanistan said Thursday.

“The Russian involvement this year has become more difficult,” Gen. John Nicholson told the Senate Armed Services Committee. “First, they have begun to publicly legitimize the Taliban. This narrative that they promote is that the Taliban are fighting Islamic State and the Afghan government is not fighting Islamic State and that therefore there could be spillover of this group into the region. This is a false narrative.”

“I believe its intent is to undermine the United States and NATO,” he later added.

Nicholson was testifying about the current situation in Afghanistan, which he called a stalemate that he needs a few thousand more troops to break.

Among the challenges in the country are the actions of external actors such as Pakistan, Iran and Russia, Nicholson said.

He said Russia's meddling in Afghanistan started in 2016 and continues to increase.

Read more: http://thehill.com/policy/defense/318741-top-commander-russia-legitimizing-taliban-to-undermine-us-nato

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Response to herding cats (Original post)

Thu Feb 9, 2017, 02:42 PM

1. Are they referring to the Republican Party?

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Thu Feb 9, 2017, 03:19 PM

2. Say it ain't so! Donald and Putin are pals and the Donald defends Putin.

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Thu Feb 9, 2017, 03:26 PM

3. IMO, lot of IS & Taliban support comes from Russia. Putins used that to 'help save' Assad gov. &

grab some control of government in Turkey. Those 3 airport bombers had Russian passports.

Now that Putin has an 'in' with the hacker Republican party president, even has trump NOT RECORDING CALLS- anything could happen.

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Thu Feb 9, 2017, 03:35 PM

4. need a few thousand more troops do you? republicans will gladly send their teenage kids right? nt

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Thu Feb 9, 2017, 04:10 PM

5. Well then, I guess the Taliban are now Freedom Fighters in need of US support.

If Putin loves them, we love them!!

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