General suggests Russian Federation supplying Taliban with weapons

The US must "confront" Russian Federation on the issue, Secretary Mattis said.

For more on the situation in Afghanistan, we turn to David Sedney, who was deputy assistant secretary of defense for Afghanistan, Pakistan and Central Asia during the Obama administration. National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster visited US and coalition headquarters in Kabul this month, the first trip of its kind since his predecessor Jim Jones landed in 2009 shortly before Mr. Obama ordered a temporary USA troop surge.

Since early March, the US-led coalition has killed over 538 Islamic State fighters.

The Afghan Taliban released to the media this photo which it said shows the suicide bombers and gunmen who attacked the army base in Mazar-i-Sharif, April 21, 2017. He said it also was likely that the attackers had help in advance from Afghan troops on the base.

In addition to the Taliban insurgency, Afghanistan also is fighting to extinguish a small but troublesome presence in Nangarhar province of militants affiliated with the Islamic State group.

His visit came just days after the biggest ever insurgent assault on a military base in Afghanistan.

Kelly noted that there have also been issues of corruption in the Afghan military, with one New York Times article positing that 1.45 million firearms have gone missing in the 15 years the USA has been in Afghanistan, suggesting that the U.S. is unwittingly arming militants. Mattis said the US was "going to have to confront Russian Federation where what they're doing is contrary to worldwide law", continuing that "any weapons being funneled here from a foreign country would be a violation of global law".

The post Deadly Taliban attack on Afghan base underscores insecurity appeared first on PBS NewsHour. The carnage prompted the defense minister and the army chief to step down on Monday.

Mattis and Nicholson say terrorist forces are attacking civilians in the country.

The revelation was chilling considering USA troop could be coming up against those weapons, and it went unreported on ABC and NBC that evening.

Mattis said Monday that he is still deciding whether he'll ask Trump to send more troops. Both the apparently permanent US military presence and the rise of the self-proclaimed Islamic State have changed the region's perception of the Taliban...

The US maintains around 9,800 troops in Afghanistan, mainly to support Afghan security forces.

Kabul was the final stop on Mattis' six-nation, weeklong tour. They ended their combat mission against the Taliban in 2014 but are increasingly involved in backing up Afghan forces on the battlefield.

Whether or not they now wish they hadn't, one of the reasons that some Americans voted for Donald J. Trump as president was that they thought he would take a businessman's approach to America's portfolio of engagements overseas.

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