Afghan General testing the waters in Russia
The first vice-president of Afghanistan Abdul Rashid Dostum announced the beginning of the combined with Turkmenistan operation against the radical movement “Taliban”.
The General Abdul Rashid Dostum as long as the Afghanistan authorities have already publicly complained about the Talibs attacking Afghan towns and hiding at the border with Turkmenistan. Dostum claimed that they would work on demolishing the radicals till the bitter end. Afghanistan asked Turkmenistan authorities for assistance as they need their support.
Yet, it is not only “Taliban” which poses threat to Afghanistan. As our portal reported earlier, the group ISIS is actively functioning at the border of Afghanistan with Pakistan. About 80% of the radical group members are from Pakistan.
Information about Turkmenistan pulling troops and military equipment by the border with Afghanistan has appeared in the beginning of October. It was reported that up to 70% of the military equipment and ground forces concentrated along Turkmenistan-Afghanistan border. It is also known that Turkmenistan forces are aware of the Talibs and their radicals’ location. It is still not clear whether Turkmenistan army will assist the Afghans on their way to fight Takfiris.
Afghanistan vice-president Dostum has recently visited the Chechen Republic. The head of the republic Ramzan Kadyrov invited the Afghan politician who has Turkmenian and Uzbek roots. During his visit, Dostum claimed that the ISIS radicals might be preparing armed operations not only against the Central Asian countries, but also against Russia. Afghanistan vice-president noted that the North Caucasus and Muslim republics in the Central Russia are under concern. According to Dostum, Russian establishment should support Afghanistan government to prevent a full-scale war with the international terrorism in Russia. Afghanistan is hardly able to combat the radicals and the American military support turns out to be just a profanity. The American weapon cannot be used for military operations. Dostum addressed the Russian political establishment to provide Afghanistan with the required military equipment, helicopters and airplanes.
The situation in Afghanistan might seem to be quite simple: Afghanistan government seeking for the Russian support is trying to fight the radicals represented by “Taliban”, ISIS and other organizations. Yet, it is not that straightforward in reality. General Dostum is doing his best to put quite a good strategy into practice: fight “Taliban” in way that all the dirty work is done by someone else. It is known that the Talibs aim at founding their own state on the territory of Afghanistan without entrenching other countries. As far as ISIS radicals are concerned, their target is to create an across border caliphate. To achieve their goal, they consider to topple the governments of the countries which are against them. On the top of this, Talibs are in conflict with ISIS. Therefore, it might seem that it is worth starting negotiations with the Talibs to do away with the Takfiris’ threat. Yet, it is hardly possible to distinguish between armed formations that belong to the “Taliban” movement or follow the “Takfiri” ideology. The Pakistani Talibs have already sworn an oath to the self-proclaimed Caliph Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. They managed to break up all the attempts to build up bridges between Afghanistan government and Afghan Talibs. So it is not clear how to negotiate with the Talibs. Russia is to make a hard decision on the way of defining what forces are there in the current Afghan politics.