Former members of the Afghan security services who remained in the country after the Taliban came to power (described as terrorist and banned in Russia) may be vulnerable to recruitment by Russia, China and Iran. This is reported by Reuters with reference to the report of the Republicans from the Foreign Affairs Committee of the US House of Representatives.
The document notes that former Afghan law enforcement officers are well aware of US operations, so their recruitment may threaten Washington's interests. According to Republicans, some ex-Afghan soldiers have already fled to Iran.
The authors of the report believe that the administration of US President Joe Biden did not set the right priorities during the evacuation after the arrival of the Taliban and made a mistake by leaving the said military in Afghanistan.
The Taliban came to power in Afghanistan last August, after they managed to step up the offensive in connection with the departure of the American military contingent that had been in the country since 2011. The President of the Republic, Ashraf Ghani, fled to the UAE.
Western countries, including the United States, do not recognize the authority of the Taliban, but the movement believes that it has fulfilled all the conditions for recognition.
Zamir Kabulov, Russian presidential envoy for Afghanistan, said that in order to officially recognize the Taliban government, it is necessary to create an inclusive government and respect for human rights in Afghanistan. Nevertheless, already at the end of March, Russia accredited a Taliban diplomat in Moscow.
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