‘Putin met Tal­iban chief for sup­port against IS’

Asian Journal - - World -

Lon­don: A top Afghan mil­i­tant com­man­der has claimed that Rus­sian Pres­i­dent Vladimir Putin held an un­pub­li­cised meet­ing with Mul­lah Akhtar Man­sour, the cur­rent Tal­iban chief, to dis­cuss pos­si­ble Rus­sian sup­port against the IS in­sur­gents who in re­cent weeks have been ad­vanc­ing in Afghanistan, a me­dia re­port said. Putin is known to be con­cerned that the IS mil­i­tants are gain­ing a foothold in Afghanistan, which bor­ders the for­mer Soviet satel­lite states of Turk­menistan and Ta­jik­istan. A Tal­iban com­man­der told The Sun­day Times that his group had been promised Rus­sian arms and fi­nan­cial sup­port only weeks be­fore a resur­gence in violence that has seen key dis­tricts in the southern prov­ince of Hel­mand fall un­der the Tal­iban con­trol.

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