Defense Secretary James Mattis (right) and Army Gen. John Nicholson (left), commander of U.S. Forces Afghanistan, hold a news conference at Resolute Support headquarters in Kabul, Afghanistan on April 24. Photo by Jonathan Ernst/Reuters
Daily Star/Reuters: Top US general says 'not refuting' reports Russia supplying Taliban
KABUL: The head of U.S. and international forces in Afghanistan said Monday he was "not refuting" reports that Russia was providing support, including weapons, to the Taliban.
Gen. John Nicholson was speaking in Kabul during a visit by U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis.
Asked about reports that Russia was providing a range of help including weapons to the Taliban, who control large areas of Afghanistan, he replied: "Oh no I'm not refuting that."
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WNU Editor: Accuse Russia .... but provide no evidence. Am I surprised .... no. Everyone is now in CYA mode because everyone knows that this is going to be tough year .... Afghan defense chief quits over attack; U.S. warns of 'another tough year' (Reuters).
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