Uncle Sam Dumps Afghan Mess on Russia
By Finian Cunningham
July 05, 2021 "Information
Clearing House" -
Russia is right to be alarmed about
the impending chaos in Afghanistan as the
United States and NATO forces finally scurry
away from the war-torn country.
After 20 years of waging a futile war in the
Central Asian nation, costing over 241,000 lives
and trillions of dollars, the US military is
pulling out in haste.
Most of its remaining
3,000 troops have hurriedly vacated the country
in recent days from the giant Bagram Airbase
north of the capital, Kabul. There was hardly
any media coverage of the momentous yet shameful
exit, which evokes memories of the disgraceful
Fall of Saigon when the last of US military and
CIA operatives fled Vietnam in 1975 like rats
off a sinking ship.
US President Joe Biden had earlier this year
declared a September deadline for withdrawing
forces. The retreat has happened already,
leaving Afghanistan with an uncertain and
The American commander of US forces, General
Scott Miller, last week warned that
Afghanistan is now facing a surge in civil war
as Taliban militants push Afghan troops backed by
Washington into ever-decreasing urban areas of
The perplexing thing for Russia is that
Afghanistan has become a growth
area for the Daesh* terror group which seems to
have taken advantage of the void left by the
Americans and other NATO forces. Daesh shares a
similar fundamentalist Islamic ideology with the
Taliban and there is good reason to suspect a level
of cooperation between the two. That suggests that
Afghanistan will become an even bigger haven for
terrorist networks despite Taliban assurances that
it will not.
If the Taliban and Daesh over-run Afghanistan in
the next months, which is likely given the weak
nature of US-backed Afghan security forces, then
Russia will have a radical caliphate on its southern
flank. It was to prevent such a threat to its
national security that Moscow decided to intervene
in the Syrian war to help the Assad government
defeat jihadists and thereby prevent similar
militants migrating to its Caucasia regions.
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The jihadist problem of Syria was created by the
United States and NATO partners as a covert
means for regime change against President Assad.
The Russian military intervention put paid to that
American subterfuge by crushing the array of Daesh-affiliated
Now, ironically, the disorderly American defeat
in Afghanistan is creating potential headaches for
Nikolai Patrushev, the head of Russia's national
security council, has been
in discussions with Kabul to reportedly map out
ways by which Moscow can help maintain regional
stability. The discussions have been made all the
more pressing by the rapid pullout by the Americans.
"The suppression of terrorism and drug crimes,
as well as trade, economic and
military-technical cooperation, were discussed
in detail", the Russian security council
Russia's foreign minister
Sergei Lavrov has also expressed concern about
the spread of Daesh in northern Afghanistan. Lavrov
blamed the complacency by politicians in Kabul to
engage in peace talks with the Taliban as being a
factor in why Daesh is burgeoning amid the internal
Moscow's experience of Afghanistan is not a happy
one. When the Soviet Union intervened in 1979 to
support a then allied government in Kabul against
US-backed Mujahideen (a forerunner of the Taliban),
that led to a disastrous 10-year war which gravely
weakened the Soviet Union.
American imperial machinations in Afghanistan –
supposedly in revenge for purported 9/11 terror
attacks on the US in 2001 – have created an utter
catastrophe. After two decades, Afghanistan lies in
ruins and the
Taliban are poised to once again be back in power.
A recent study by Brown University estimates the
cost of the war at $2.26 trillion. That cost will
grow into the future amid healthcare payouts for
veterans and financial interest. More than 71,000
Afghan civilians were killed. And for what?
Afghanistan is American imperial hubris and state
terrorism gone mad.
It is a bitter repercussion that the criminal
destruction of Afghanistan by Washington is now
bequeathing a national security problem for Russia
and other neighbouring nations. It is tempting to
suspect that the Americans are deliberately
offloading their mess onto Russia and cynically
enjoying the dilemma being foisted on Moscow.
* Daesh (ISIS/ISIL/"Islamic State") is a
terrorist organisation banned in Russia
Finian Cunningham has written
extensively on international affairs, with articles
published in several languages. He is a Master’s
graduate in Agricultural Chemistry and worked as a
scientific editor for the Royal Society of
Chemistry, Cambridge, England, before pursuing a
career in newspaper journalism. He is also a
musician and songwriter. For nearly 20 years, he
worked as an editor and writer in major news media
organisations, including The Mirror, Irish Times and
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