“Madman” Mattis Said Russia Arming Taliban, “Says the Kettle to the Pot”

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Top US military commander accuses Russia of arming Taliban

Speaking at a joint press conference with Mattis in the Afghan capital of Kabul on Monday, the head of the US and international forces in Afghanistan, General John Nicholson said the US “continue to get reports of this [Russia’s] assistance” to Taliban insurgents.

The NATO commander, who Mattis praised as “one of our most experienced officers in the field and one of our most serious strategic thinkers,” was asked “to address the influx of Russian weapons into Afghanistan and showing up in Taliban hands” by a journalist from the Washington Post.

The general didn’t exactly answer the question of what the Pentagon was “going to do to stop the Russians from sending these weapons,” but said he was “not refuting” the accusation.

Earlier in the day, a senior US military official speaking on condition of anonymity, told reporters in Kabul there was intelligence data suggesting Moscow is allegedly providing machine guns and other medium-weight weapons to the Taliban, AP reported.

Addressing the issue at the briefing, Mattis said Washington “will engage with Russia diplomatically,” and is “going to have to confront Russia, where what they’re doing is contradictory to international law or denying the sovereignty of other countries.”

Any weapons being funneled here from a foreign country would be a violation of international law,” the US Defense Secretary, who is in Afghanistan to talk to President Ghani and his ministers “directly and at length” after President Trump “directed a review of [US] policy in Afghanistan,” added.

Despite the US combat mission against the Taliban having ended in 2014, there still are nearly 10,000 US troops in Afghanistan, providing assistance to Afghan forces. Nicholson has recently asked Congress for a few thousand more troops to be deployed to the country, AP reported.

The Russians seem to be choosing to be strategic competitors in a number of areas,” Mattis said on Monday, without giving any specifics on the allegations of Moscow supplying the Taliban.

We’ll continue to stand shoulder to shoulder with Afghanistan against terrorism and against those who seek to undermine the legitimate UN recognized government of this nation,” Mattis told the media.

Mattis’ meeting with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani happened just hours after the Afghan defense minister resigned over Friday’s massacre at a military base, in which over 140 personnel were killed. The attack in northern Balkh province became the biggest ever on a military base in Afghanistan.

Moscow has dismissed previous claims as ‘utterly false’

It’s not the first time Washington has been throwing accusations of Russia arming Taliban insurgents, with Moscow saying such “utterly false assertions” are “not even worth a reaction.”

The charge is Washington’s attempt to cover up for “the failure of the US military and politicians in the Afghan campaign,” the Russian Foreign Ministry has said.

Moscow maintains ties with some Taliban officials in order to push for peace negotiations. Also on Monday, Moscow reiterated its eagerness to assist the political process in Afghanistan, following the deadly attack on the military base.

The incident supports “most pessimistic predictions for a new combat season in Afghanistan,” the Russian Foreign Ministry said, adding that the bloodshed in the country shows no signs of abating “despite years-long presence of NATO military contingent and massive financial injections from international donors into strengthening the potential of Afghan security forces.”

Friday’s massacre “yet again” shows that peace talks and direct dialogue between the current government of Afghanistan and the Taliban, which ruled the country until the US-led invasion in 2001, need to be “launched as soon as possible,” the ministry added.

In April, Washington failed to attend an international conference hosted by Moscow, where 11 nations discussed ways of bringing peace to Afghanistan.

Participants in the event reiterated their support for a peaceful transition in Afghanistan, calling for Kabul to be supported in moving in that direction. The US branded the multi-national effort a “unilateral Russian attempt to assert influence in the region.”

Commenting on the situation in Afghanistan, which borders several former Soviet republics, Russia’s President Vladimir Putin said that Moscow “very much counts” on the position “not to have to use military forces” in the region “ever.”

By helping the legitimate government of Afghanistan together with other participants in the peace process, we expect that in the end we will reach reconciliation and pave the way for Afghanistan to peacefully solve all its internal issues,” Putin said in an exclusive interview with the MIR 24 TV channel on Sunday.

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  1. After so many military interventions since own Independence the US has shown the path to a strong reserve currency. Without military strength hardly the US dollar could have had any preponderance upon other nations. The system works as the dollar support military power and military power supports the dollar in a feedback operation. Reasoning, respect, logic and human considerations are alien to the supremacy goals. Any excuse would be excerted in order to enlarge the political and economic rule, be by employing the overused “democracy”, “freedom” and “protection of US interests”, recently “terrorism” or the WMD excuse to abolish any dissent or ressisstance, or simply: “Assad has to go”, no matter Syrian people deciding on the matter. Already known .is the fact that, all US atrocities and running people down its all made as Israel and Jews in US-UK-France sees fit. Nuclear assets remain the only answer to the faced ignominy.

  2. Our appointed US Secretary of D Offense Mattis automaically assumed the top position, General Manager, of opium production in the ME. As Obama was not successful in his attempt at withdrawal (few addicts are) may I suggest methadone maintainence. Of course this will mean weekly urine analysis testing, something they all should be doing anyway.

  3. Wjabbe, The Peter Principle, nice idea, but complete BS. It provides a nice soft veil as cover for something else entirely. Incompetents are promoted not for prior performance, but for loyalty to the ideals of their “masters”. Usually these people are related in some way to those above that do the promoting. The entire closed system is NOT based on performance. In fact, the best performing (technically, not politically) are booted out quick. The ONLY path to promotion is mastery in the art of office politics, nothing else matters. This goes for all professions and the military. Ask Gordon, he’s seen this crap first hand. So have many of us. It is so pervasive and so deeply ingrained as to be iconic. Thus Dilbert and any number of other methods to show it. The Peter Principle is a smokescreen.

  4. Bad Dog. Go lay down. We’ll take you serious when we see pictures of burning poppy fields. Mattis was praised by the neocons, so he will march to their drum. To them, he is a good dog.

  5. Speaking on conditions of anonymity and producing no evidence whatsoever is the same old same old.
    Mattis, apparently more delusional and more paranoid than Trump eagerly swallows this made for CNN rubbish, will make every effort to create even more chaos in Syria and Afghanistan. Americans need to become alarmed at the recent acceleration of direct U.S. involvement in Syria and Trump’s hostility towards China and North Korea. Disaster is on the horizon for America. The Trump/Mattis/ Kushner triumvirate of zionist evil, raging with bluster and eager for a war with anybody is like the bully who will eventually get his nose bloodied.
    Americans are now inflicted with the most savage, delusional and irresponsible administration yet. One that will very likely take America itself down.

  6. Mattis “the wedding slayer” strikes again. Legitimate UN, in a State Department’s dream stands for “everything we imagine.”

  7. “We’ll continue to stand shoulder to shoulder with Afghanistan against terrorism and against those who seek to undermine the legitimate UN recognized government of this nation,” Mattis told the media.”

    Why are you attempting to undermine the legitimate UN recognized government of Syria, Mattis? You F’n hypocrite.

    “Any weapons being funneled here from a foreign country would be a violation of international law,”

    So, tell me again Mad Dog, why has America been funnelling weapons to al Qaeda/al nusra/ISIS? Oh ya, to overthrow the legitimate government of a UN founding member nation.

    What will it take, before every American realizes what kind of filth run the country. Nearly every word out of their mouths is a lie.

    • Does that also mean Mad Dog stands shoulder to shoulder with the drug lords of Afghanistan, the ones responsible for 95% of the world’s heroin?
      Wonder what his bank account looks like?

    • I would bet he stands shoulder to shoulder with the drug lords. To avoid any potential blowback, I bet he keeps his dirty money in a number of untraceable accounts, or invests it in MIC stock.

  8. “No specifics or evidence”. That’s normal for the US and its vassal states. If the Russians had wanted to stuff up NATO in Afghanistan they could have done so easily by flooding the country with manpads and anti amour missiles. No need to that as NATO has proved to be ineffectual. Mattis is looking for a scape goat.

  9. The late Laurence J. Peter, Ph.D. was a professor at the University of Southern California at Los Angeles, a private school mainly for elitist rich kids. Professor Peter is credited with conceiving the wisdom generally called “The Peter Principle”. This idea postulates that each time a person does a good job at anything, they get promoted to the next higher level. This process continues over and over until at the final promotion they operate at the level where they are no longer competent to do the great job they did so many occasions earlier; in other words, their final promotion is to a position for which they are no longer qualified and do more harm than good. HIs conclusion was that this theory “explains” why our institutions are falling apart because those in charge have all been promoted to their level of incompetence. Evidently General Mattis has been promoted to his level of incompetence if he was not already at that level before he retired from the Military as a four star general.

  10. No lie is big enough, no madness deep enough not to be told by those satanists in Brain-Washhington DC.

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