Russia: Wake up! The terrorist threat from Afghanistan is growing
MOSCOW, ($1= Russian Rubles) – The Central Military District (CMD) is increasing the combat readiness of the troops and re-equipping them with new types of weapons against the background of the growing terrorist threats from Afghanistan, Alexander Lapin, commander of the Central Military District, told reporters, learned BulgarianMilitary.com.
“Analysis of the military-political situation in the Central Asian direction indicates the growth of terrorist threats from Afghanistan. Proceeding from this, the main efforts in the Central Military District are focused on increasing the combat readiness of troops, re-equipping with new and modernized models of military equipment, as well as on testing new methods and forms of warfare,” he said after the awards ceremony for the winners of the regional stage of the All-Russian Press Festival “Media-As Center 2021”.
“There was a sharp, instantaneous degradation of the situation. We unscheduled more than 20 exercises in Tajikistan, both at the operational and tactical levels. The crown of this training in Tajikistan was the international exercise “Interaction-2021”, we do not end the academic year with this exercise.
The commander of the Central Military District clarified that the entire military district this year held more than 200 exercises of various formats and scales, including nine exercises with military contingents of the CSTO and SCO countries, within which non-standard options for the use of formations, military units and subunits in battle were worked out.
“We have demonstrated the highest readiness and ability to neutralize any terrorist threats,” Lapin said.
In addition, this year, the troops of the district received more than 1,000 new and modernized units of military equipment, including Su-34 and MiG-31BM aircraft, Kasta and Sky-U radar stations, and S-300PM2 anti-aircraft missile systems. , BMP-2M infantry fighting vehicles, as well as Terminator tank support combat vehicles, modernized T-72B3M tanks, and Shturm-S anti-tank systems.
Earlier it was reported that the Russian military base in Tajikistan (part of the Central Military District) is being strengthened with new weapons against the background of the Taliban movement coming to power in Afghanistan.
In addition, this summer and autumn, Russia held several exercises near the Afghan border at training grounds in Tajikistan, including international ones. Several thousand servicemen took part in the maneuvers, and military equipment was also involved. The basis of the Russian contingent in the exercises were the units of the 201st base.
The exercises, in particular, worked out the localization of a border armed conflict associated with attempts to penetrate the territory of one of the CSTO states by fighters of international terrorist organizations.
In November, a special tactical exercise “Cobalt-2021” is planned in Tajikistan with special forces of the CSTO collective rapid reaction forces. Within the framework of this exercise, the tasks of suppressing the activities of illegal armed groups will be worked out, CSTO press secretary Vladimir Zainetdinov told Interfax on August 27.
The CSTO includes Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, and Tajikistan.
The situation in Afghanistan
After a 20-year presence on August 31, US troops left Afghanistan. According to US President Joe Biden, the United States has done what it set out to do: eliminate the al Qaeda terrorist group responsible for the 9/11 attacks and prevent Afghanistan from becoming a center of terrorism.
His words do not correspond to reality. According to a US intelligence report, at least 20 small terrorist groups are currently operating in Afghanistan, radicalized over the past 20 years due to the foreign presence. Various reports suggest al-Qaeda terrorists are joining the Taliban and Islamic State will establish a presence in Afghanistan.
Earlier, the same US report said that Kabul would collapse within six months, but the US president withheld this information. He tried hard to convince the public that there was no such option in front of Afghanistan and cited the thousands of troops and equipment of the Asian country. Despite Joe Biden’s “optimism,” the Taliban took over almost the entire country within a month and entered Kabul. Former President Ashraf Ghani fled the country.
At present, there is only one territory left in Afghanistan that has not been conquered by the Taliban, and that is the province of Panjshir. Anti-Taliban forces and Afghan soldiers have positioned themselves in it. The anti-Taliban coalition is led by Ahmad Massoud.
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