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Putin: US invasion of Afghanistan led to tragedy

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)

Russian President Vladimir Putin asserts that the United States’ invasion of Afghanistan led to tragedy as it took place in defiance of the Afghan people’s culture and history.

"Freedom and democracy, they cannot be disconnected from the culture and traditions of a certain people," the Russian head of state told an energy forum in Moscow on Wednesday.

"The United States intruded into Afghanistan in defiance of the traditions, culture, and history of the Afghan people. The result was tragic," he added.

The 2001 invasion toppled the Taliban group. The group, however, rallied and began establishing a presence in the majority of the Central Asian country’s expanse.

Earlier this year, the Taliban began an exceptionally forceful offensive to renew their rule over the country. The US only helped matters by announcing a surprise withdrawal in April. 

The Russian president, meanwhile, warned that battle-hardened terrorists were “actively being drawn” to Afghanistan. 

His remarks came amid ongoing accusations against the US of relocating members of the Daesh Takfiri terrorist group, which suffered a defeat at the hands of Baghdad and Damascus and their allies in late 2017, to Afghanistan.

Observers warn that despite the Taliban’s resurgence, the group has been seeking to quietly expand in Afghanistan, citing the increase in its sporadic hallmark attacks.

Earlier, the group claimed responsibility for a ghastly attack on a Shia mosque in the northeastern Afghan province of Kunduz that killed more than 150 people.
Putin went on, "It is possible that terrorists may try to destabilize the situation in [Afghanistan’s] neighboring states." 

This is not the first time, when the Russian president sounds such a warning. Previously, he has cautioned on many occasions that extremists could start flowing into the ex-Soviet republics that border Afghanistan—such as Tajikistan and Uzbekistan—under the guise of refugees.

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