In Syria, the United States has repeatedly condemned the regime of Bashar al-Assad. He is a brutal dictator who has ordered the murder and slaughter of thousands of Syrian residents. His evil and tortuous ways led to uprising by more than one rebel force. The country has been embroiled by civil war for years.
Recently, the United States sent some troops and weapons to help some of the rebel forces that are fighting against Assad’s regime and against ISIS. At the same time, Russia has fully supported Assad with weapons and information, which is helping the very fighters that US backed rebels are fighting.
Indirectly, the US and Russia are at war against each other in Syria due to our backing of opposite sides and this is the reason hundreds of thousands of Syrians have fled the nation and sought refugee sanctuary in Europe and the US.
Now it seems that the US and Russia are at war against each other in Afghanistan, at least just as indirectly at war like in Syria.
In 1978, the People’s Democratic Party (Communist) of Afghanistan (PDPA) staged a military coup in which they took control of the nation. The PDPA was fully backed and supported by the Soviet Union. Many of the policies of the new regime were extremely unpopular with the people, which led to an uprising of a rebel force known as the Mujahideen.
The Mujahideen became a powerful rebel force that threatened the Soviet backed PDPA government. In December 1979, Soviet troops began rolling into Afghanistan, expecting to help the government forces to quickly end the civil war with the Mujahideen. However, due to the ruggedness of many areas of the nation and to the size of the rebel forces, which the Soviets drastically under estimated, their war lasted for over 9-year. After realizing they were in a no-win situation and due to the tremendous economic cost as well as the cost of troops, the Soviet Union withdrew from Afghanistan in February 1989.
The ruling PDPA was dissolved in 1992, but fighting in Afghanistan never stopped. Regardless of what political group ruled the country, there are enough others of different ethnic tribes and groups that didn’t like the rulers and fought to oust them and gain control.
One of those groups formed a militia in 1994 and called themselves the Taliban. One of the prime objectives of the Taliban was to see Afghanistan ruled by strict Islamic law. In 1996, the Taliban gained control of the Afghan government and ruled the nation according to very strict Islamic law. During this time, Taliban fighters took on many terrorist tactics which they used to instill fear in the people and their enemies.
In 2001, the United States invaded Afghanistan and helped overthrow the Taliban from power, but the Taliban never went away. They continued to fight and soon became associated with other Islamic extremist (terrorist) groups such as al Qaeda.
US forces continued to fight the Taliban and al Qaeda forces in Afghanistan from the invasion in 2001 to the official withdrawal in December 2014. Again, the Taliban never went away and as US forces left the war-torn nation, Taliban fighters grew in their aggression.
Today, there are still some US troops in Afghanistan, but most are supposed to be serving as military advisers and helping train Afghan government forces and police.
It also seems that as the US withdrew the bulk of their troops from Afghanistan, Russia began getting involved, although their involvement was meant to be covert. According to Gen. Joseph Votel, Chief of US Central Command:
“I believe what Russia is attempting to do is they are attempting to be an influential party in this part of the world. I think it is fair to assume they may be providing some sort of support to [the Taliban] in terms of weapons or other things that may be there.”
This statement was made after Afghan residents living in the Taliban control province of Kunduz, in the northern part of the country, began reporting seeing unmarked helicopters landing at Taliban camps in the middle of the night. They also reported boats carrying supplies, some of which are military in nature, across the river from Tajikistan into Afghanistan for the Taliban forces.
Silab Mangal, a Kabul-based analyst in Afghanistan, told Fox News:
“The success of the Taliban in the north is due to Russian support. In Kunduz province, 30 miles from the Afghanistan-Tajikistan border, Taliban has control. That’s where they get Russian finance and logistics and their wounded fighters can get treatment.”
Therefore, the United States, indirectly, is fighting wars against Russia in Syria and Afghanistan. What doesn’t make sense to me is that if there was any collusion between Russia and Donald Trump, then why is Russia busy supplying the very people US forces are helping to fight?
If there was some sort of collusion, then one would expect Russia to be secretly helping the same people the US is helping, not the ones we are fighting against.