Afghan Lawmakers to Investigate Growing Ties Between Taliban, Russia and Iran

Head of NATO and U.S. forces in Afghanistan, U.S. Army Gen. John W. Nicholson, speak during an interview, in Kabul, July 27, 2016. Nicholson's recent comments concerning Russian, Iran and Taliban has prompted a promise of an investigation by the Afghan Senate.
Head of NATO and U.S. forces in Afghanistan, U.S. Army Gen. John W. Nicholson, speak during an interview, in Kabul, July 27, 2016. Nicholson’s recent comments concerning Russian, Iran and Taliban has prompted a promise of an investigation by the Afghan Senate.

WASHINGTON — The Afghan Senate on Monday said it will investigate growing military ties between Taliban insurgents and Iran and Russia.

“Evidence of Russian and Iranian cooperation with the Taliban has been found,” Fazal Hadi Muslimyar, chairman of the Afghan Senate said. He added that reports of foreign links to the Taliban are “worrisome.”

The probe comes after U.S. General John Nicholson, leader of NATO’s Resolute Support Afghan mission, said over the weekend that Taliban connections to Russia and Iran are not advancing the cause of stability in the region.

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SOURCE: VOA News Online

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