State Department: Russia, Iran ‘hedging their bets’ to back Taliban
A senior State Department official testified that Russia and Iran are “hedging their bets” by supporting the Taliban against other terror groups and the central government. These accusations have been regularly leveled at Russia who is often charged with providing weapons to the Taliban. Russia rejects the charges, but the Russian Foreign Minister has suggested the creation of a China-Russian security bloc partnership that would take on a greater role in Afghanistan. The State Department official, while referring to Russia and Iran as “enablers…those who have the money and the capacity to be helpful but instead are really propping up the terrorist networks that are killing innocent people,” also emphasized the necessity of collaboration with both Russia and Iran if any long-term solution is to be reached.