‘Russians spotted in Taliban ranks in Uruzgan

TIRINKOT (Pajhwok): Russian mentors have been seen with Talibaninfo-icon militants operating just 10 kilometres from Tirinkot, the capital of central Uruzgan province, an official claimed on Tuesday.

Police chief Brig. Gen. Ghulam Farooq Sangari told Pajhwok Afghan News Russian trainers had been spotted in Taliban ranks recently, a claimed the provincial governor rejected.

He said the Russians disguised as healthinfo-icon workers were training and providing military assistance to the Taliban. Sangari claimed two womeninfo-icon were among 11 Russians helping the Taliban near Tirinkot.

Provincial Council head Amir Mohammad Barakzai confirmed Sangari’s claim and said the Russian trainers had been previously seen in Darfeshan area a few months earlier.

He said the Russians had filmed military installations which the Taliban captured from Afghan security forces.

Governor Nazir Kharotai said they had investigated the romours that some people in Taliban ranks spoke foreign language.

He said  their investigation showed there were no Russians among the Taliban.

The Taliban and Russia have acknowledged their contact but Moscow has strongly rejected it supplied arms and assistance to the rebels.

The Taliban rejected the claim as a false rumor, with their spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid saying the rumor was an intelligence propaganda aimed at creating fear.

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