24 Mar '17, 1am

Top US general in Europe says Russia might be supplying the Taliban:

Top US general in Europe says Russia might be supplying the Taliban:

The top U.S. general in Europe told lawmakers Thursday that Russia and the Taliban are growing increasingly close, suggesting that the Kremlin might even be supplying the insurgent group. Army Gen. Curtis Scaparrotti, who is also the Supreme Allied Commander of NATO, did not elaborate to the Senate Armed Services Committee on what type of equipment the Taliban might have received or when. Any type of material support, however, would be a significant escalation of Russia's involvement with the Taliban; it has said in the past that it maintains only limited communication with the group. "I've seen the influence of Russia of late, increased influence in terms of association and perhaps even supply to the Taliban," Scaparrotti said. Much to the chagrin of U.S. officials and military officers, Russia has justified its communications with the Taliban by saying the insurgent grou...

Full article: http://www.stripes.com/news/us/top-us-general-in-europe-s...

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