Russia says US behind Daesh infiltration of Afghanistan, ready to host talks with Taliban

BISHKEK (TCA) — Russian President’s Special Envoy for Afghanistan Zamir Kabulov says there are indications that the US military is allowing members of the Daesh Takfiri terrorist group, who have suffered serious defeats in Syria and Iraq, to infiltrate Afghanistan, Iran’s PressTV reported.

“The extremists themselves and weapons for them, according to numerous witness accounts, are often transferred to the territory of Afghanistan by helicopters without identifying insignia,” Kabulov said on February 8.

“With the US and NATO fully controlling the skies over Afghanistan, there is every reason to believe they had a hand in that, or at least, did not hamper these flights, despite the fact that Washington and Brussels deny that,” Kabulov added.

Last November, former Afghan President Hamid Karzai told Qatari al-Jazeera television news network that the US is colluding with Daesh in Afghanistan, and allowing the Takfiris to flourish in his conflict-stricken country.

In December 2017, Kabulov warned that an estimated 10,000 members of the Takfiri terrorist group were present in Afghanistan, and that their number was growing.

He stressed that Moscow was particularly worried about Daesh’s expanding foothold in northern Afghan provinces bordering Tajikistan and Turkmenistan.

“Russia was among the first to be sounding the alarms in connection with the emergence of Daesh in Afghanistan,” the high-ranking Russian diplomat said.

“Daesh has significantly increased its power in the country recently. According to our estimates, the number of militants exceeds 10,000 and continues to grow, particularly due to new militants arriving from Syria and Iraq,” Kabulov said at the time.

Kabulov told TASS news agency on February 8 that Russia is ready to offer a Moscow venue for direct talks between the government of Afghanistan and the Taliban, but the current developments in the country stand in the way of a dialogue.

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