General Curtis Scaparrotti, NATO's supreme allied commander who also heads the us military's European Command, told lawmakers he had seen Russian influence expand in multiple regions, including in Afghanistan.
"I've seen the influence of Russian Federation of late - increased influence in terms of association and perhaps even supply to the Taliban", Army Gen. Curtis Scaparrotti, commander of European Command, said Thursday to the Senate Committee on Armed Services.
"I've seen the influence of Russian Federation of late - increased influence in terms of association, and perhaps even supply to the Taliban", Army Gen. Curtis Scaparrotti, NATO's Supreme Allied Commander in Europe, told lawmakers at a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing.
"These fabrications are designed, as we have repeatedly underlined, to justify the failure of the U.S. military and politicians in the Afghan campaign".
General Scaparrotti spoke hours after the key Sangin district in southern Afghanistan's volatile Helmand Province fell to the Taliban.
As Stars and Stripes notes, Russian Federation has tried to evade full-on criticism for its Taliban rapport by claiming the militants are going after ISIS, not Afghani forces.
On Thursday, the district center of Sangin in Afghanistan's restive south province of Helmand was overrun by the Taliban after months of heavy fighting with Afghan forces backed by USA air support.
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While the statement denied the Afghan forces were overrun, it did not deny that the Taliban retook what little was left of the district center.
About 8,000 American service members are now serving in Afghanistan, where their primary mission is to train and support Afghan government forces.
Scaparrotti's allegation follows a similar claim made by Army Gen. John Nicholson, the head of USA forces in Afghanistan, in February.
After seizing Sangin, the Taliban now controls seven districts and influences/contests six of the 14 districts in Helmand, the country's top opium-producing region, reports the Long War Journal (LWJ).
According to usa estimates, the Afghan government now controls less than 60 percent of Afghanistan's territory. The Soviet Union would fall apart less than two years later. Almost a quarter of the 456 British soldiers killed in the Afghanistan conflict died in Sangin, and after North Atlantic Treaty Organisation handed over the fight to local forces in 2014, hundreds of Afghan soldiers have been killed there since.
Afghan forces have struggled to contain the spreading insurgency since worldwide troops ended combat operations in 2014, leaving them to fight largely alone. More than 1,800 U.S. troops have been killed in fighting since the war began.