Top US General Suspects Russia Is Now Aiding The Taliban In Afghanistan

Russian Federation is "perhaps" supplying the Taliban as they fight U.S. and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation forces in Afghanistan, a top USA general said Thursday.

Head of US European Command and Supreme Allied Commander Europe Gen. Curtis Scaparrotti reportedly accused Moscow of "perhaps" supplying the Taliban in committee hearings at the US Senate on Thursday. North Atlantic Treaty Organisation troops have been fighting in Afghanistan since a US-led invasion in late 2001, following the September 11 attacks.

"These fabrications are designed, as we have repeatedly underlined, to justify the failure of the USA military and politicians in the Afghan campaign", said Zamir Kabulov, head of the Russian ministry's department overseeing the Kremlin's special envoy to Afghanistan.

"This is an absolutely false assertion that does not even deserve any reaction, because these statements are fabrications created to justify the failure of the United States in the Afghan campaign. There is no other explanation".

About 8,000 American service members are now serving in Afghanistan, where their primary mission is to train and support Afghan government forces.

Earlier this week, an Afghan soldier opened fire inside a base in Afghanistan's southern Helmand province, wounding three USA soldiers before being shot dead.

The top US general in Europe told lawmakers Thursday that Russian Federation and the Taliban are growing increasingly close, suggesting that the Kremlin might even be supplying the insurgent group.

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Since the withdrawal of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation combat troops from Afghanistan at the end of 2014, and with only a smaller US-led advise and training mission left behind, Sangin was seen as a major test of whether Afghan security forces could hold off the advancing Taliban.

After the transfer was complete, Salvin said Afghan and us aircraft bombed some buildings and destroyed some 30 inoperable vehicles "to reduce them completely so that they couldn't be used or be a safety hazard to civilians".

Much to the chagrin of USA officials and military officers, Russian Federation has justified its communications with the Taliban by saying the insurgent group is fighting the Islamic State in Afghanistan, not the US -backed Afghan government. The State Department hasn't publicly announced its position on the planned conference.

Less than two months ago, the Taliban launched a heavy attack against government positions in Sangin, killing more than 100 soldiers and police, but they were driven back with help from extra troops and air strikes.

USA and North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) troops have been fighting in Afghanistan since the invasion that followed the September 11, 2001 terror attacks.

One of Afghanistan's most deadly battlefields has been captured by Taliban insurgents, after militants overran the district on Thursday morning after a year-long offensive.

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