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Former Jihadi Leader Warns Against Russia, Taliban Thaw

Former Jihadi Leader Warns Against Russia, Taliban Thaw

KABUL - He said relations between the Taliban and the Russians are however nothing less than a new crisis and devastating for Afghanistan.
Former politician and Jihadi figure Mohammad Ismail Khan on Monday warned that Afghanistan is likely to enter a new era of conflict unless government reviews its regional policies, referring to the recent trilateral meeting between China, Pakistan and Russia on Afghanistan. 
If action is not taken, Afghanistan could change into a second Syria, he said.
Talking on the Taliban-Russia thaw, he said that the warming relations between the two indicates a new era of war and devastation in Afghanistan, calling the recent trilateral meeting in Moscow a new crisis on the way for the Afghan government.
He said that leaders of the National Unity Government (NUG) have failed to tackle the problems in the country, adding that government’s ineffective policies have led to the creation of a new front between Russia, Iran and China against Afghanistan.
“While uncertainties continue to prevail in the country, those who are within the government also do not have the right policy, therefore we see that the region starts staging against us. We also face weaknesses on the warfront and this takes Afghanistan toward a crisis; therefore my recommendation to government is to call for a national mobilization under the leadership of national personalities so that we can safeguard Afghanistan from entering a crisis next (fighting season),” he said.
He said relations between the Taliban and the Russians are however nothing less than a new crisis and devastating for Afghanistan.
He said western and eastern powers are engaged in battles on Afghan soil.
“Recently we heard rumors about the confrontation between the east and the west, we fear that our oppressed and painful country is changing into Syria’s Aleppo; this needs the wisdom and understanding of government and the nation,” Khan said.
Meanwhile, Russian President Vladmir Putin’s special envoy to Afghanistan Zamir Kabulov has said that Moscow does not have plans regarding Afghanistan’s peace process. He said Russia was not asked to do anything.
Kabulov said Russia "will never tolerate" U.S military bases in Afghanistan, calling them “very disturbing”.
In an exclusive interview with the Anadolu Agency, a Turkey-based news agency, Kabulov said that Moscow does not make plans for other nations like Americans.  “We do not have bad habits.”
“Of course; why should it not be disturbing for anybody? Why in Afghanistan? Where is Afghanistan and where is America!? If we did something like that in Mexico, would it not be disturbing for America? In Cuba, we have already experienced and we know the outcome. I think it is old fashioned. Why are they doing that after all this 15-year-old anti-terror rhetoric in Afghanistan? They stupidly try to say that ‘it is for training.’ Come on! You are not talking to stupid or foolish people. We know the reasons [for the ongoing U.S. military presence in Afghanistan]. Russia will never tolerate this.” Said Kabulov.
Kabulov said that his country is not planning to organize conferences on the Afghan peace process because Russia was not been asked. “What kind of a conference? We, as the international community, every year have a conference on Afghanistan. We are skilled at doing excellent conferences, the latest two were in Amritsar, in Brussels. We are skilled at holding conferences, but we failed in making actual results. No conference can bring peace in Afghanistan,” he said.
However, Afghans say that government must adopt clear policies on the issues.
“The government must adopt a working policy toward foreign countries, if the policies are not tackled properly, Afghanistan will change into a battlefield between foreigners like Iraq and Syria,” said civil society activist Susan. (Tolonews)