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Russia: ‘US, NATO operation in Afghanistan has failed’

(Last Updated On: December 30, 2015 2:57 pm)

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The US and NATO mission in Afghanistan has been a complete failure, TASS news agency quoted Zamir Kabulov, Russian President’s special envoy for Afghanistan.

 “Assessing the results of the actions of the International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan, it can be said that they have completely failed their mission,” Kabulov has said, adding that the ultimate goal of the ISAF anti-terrorist campaign, which consisted in creating “a democratic centralized state” in Afghanistan, has not been achieved.

Russian envoy has stressed that, not only has the US-led coalition in Afghanistan failed to achieve its main goal, but “has not accomplished any of the tasks it had set before the operation,” as Afghanistan still lacks “strong and stable central authority.”

Kabulov believes that the US-led NATO training mission was not effective in Afghanistan as the Afghan forces lack arms, equipments and sufficient trainings.

According to the Russian President’s special envoy the security threats are present in 27 of the 34 provinces of Afghanistan and insurgents are able to perform high profile attacks across the country against the Afghan and NATO forces.

Meanwhile, Kabulov has stressed that Russia is ready to help Afghanistan with its security problems.

Despite of reports about Russia contacts with Taliban the Russian envoy quoted saying Russia “is ready to be flexible over a potential easing of the UN Security Council’s sanctions regime against Taliban if it does not contradict the Afghan national interests”.

According to the reports Russia is expected to deliver10,000 AK-47 assault rifles to the Afghan army along with accompanying ammunition in January 2016 and its country is also holding talks with the Afghan authorities about helicopter shipments.

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