MOSCOW, ($1= Russian Rubles) – Is Russia preparing to strike Afghanistan? Many Russian journalists are asking such questions after sources on the Russian website Aviapro noticed the deployment of Tu-22M3 bombers on the border with Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, or Turkmenistan. BulgarianMilitary.com reminds us that in the last month the Russian Federation carried out a series of exercises near the border between Tajikistan and Afghanistan. In addition to bombers, the Russian Federation sent thousands of troops, heavily armored vehicles, and support equipment during military exercises.
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Russian experts note that the Tu-22M3 long-range bombers remained at their bases in Tajikistan after the exercise, and new ones were wintered at the bases of the Russian Federation in Uzbekistan or Turkmenistan. According to military experts, although negotiations are currently underway between the Russian embassy in Kabul and the Taliban, Moscow does not rule out the possibility of bombing the border with Afghanistan if the Taliban violate Russia’s “good tone.”
Other analysts say the deployment of the bombers, in addition to a preventive and precautionary measure, is intended to protect the Tajiks, as they have been of interest to the Taliban in the past. We remind you that almost three weeks ago a meeting was held in Moscow between Russians and Taliban, at which the Taliban promised: “not to tease Tajikistan.”
Although the Taliban have shown no interest in attacking neighboring countries, the Russian military is ready to attack fighters using military aircraft at the first request of Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, or Turkmenistan.
“Taliban terrorists have come to power in Afghanistan, but that does not mean that Russia’s position has changed in any way about this terrorist movement. “Any attack on Russian allies in the region will lead to immediate strikes, and if it is necessary to destroy a hundred fighters, a hundred will be destroyed, if we are talking about thousands of terrorists, thousands will be destroyed,” said a Russian specialist of Aviapro.
It should be noted that the Taliban are also likely to be aware of Russia’s position and therefore do not undertake any provocations, actively using negotiations with the Russian side.
Ahmad Massoud wants weapons to fight the Taliban
Opponents of the Taliban asked the United States and the West to supply weapons and equipment to fight the Taliban movement that seized power in the country, learned BulgarianMilitary.com citing The Washington Post.
“We need more weapons, more ammunition, and more equipment. America and its democratic allies do more than just fighting terrorism with Afghans. We have a long history of shared ideals and struggles. There is still much you can do to help the cause of freedom. You are our only remaining hope,” wrote Ahmad Masood, who currently leads the resistance forces in the non-Taliban province of Panjshir, to The Washington Post.
He is the son of the head of the Northern Alliance, Ahmad Shah Massoud, who also opposed the Taliban and was killed by al-Qaeda.
Ahad Masoud said his troops were joined by the forces of former Vice President Amrullah Saleh, Afghan regular army soldiers “who were outraged at the surrender of their commanders,” the Afghan special forces.
Masoud said that his fighters have a certain stock of weapons and ammunition, “which we have patiently collected since my father’s time because we knew that this day might come.” He assured that he and his fighters would “defend Panjshir as the last bastion of Afghan freedom.”
But this is not enough. our friends in the West will not find a way to provide for us without delay,” he writes, adding that “he begs the friends of Afghanistan to intercede” for them.
Massoud stressed: “The Taliban is not a problem only for the Afghan people. Under the control of the Taliban, Afghanistan will no doubt become the epicenter of radical Islamist terrorism; here again, plots against democracies will be hatched.”
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