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Taliban Negotiators Arrive in Moscow Days After Trump Declares Afghan Peace Talks 'Dead'

Taliban Negotiators Arrive in Moscow Days After Trump Declares Afghan Peace Talks 'Dead' by Morgan Phillips – Fox News

A Taliban negotiating team arrived in Russia on Friday, less than a week after President Trump announced that peace talks with the Islamic militant group in Afghanistan were essentially "dead."

The trip, led by Mullah Sher Mohammad Stanikzai, was the Taliban's first international visit following the collapse of talks with Washington.

The Russian state news agency Tass, citing the Taliban's Qatari-based spokesman, Suhail Shaheen, reported that the delegation had met with Zamir Kabulov, Russian President Vladimir Putin's envoy to Afghanistan. A Taliban official confirmed the visit to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity.

Russia has been accused of aiding the Taliban as a safeguard against a burgeoning affiliate of the Islamic State (ISIS) that has close ties to the Islamic Movement of Afghanistan, a militant group in Central Asia. Russia has stepped up its defenses in Central Asia and has claimed thousands of ISIS fighters were in northern Afghanistan

Moscow has twice this year hosted meetings between the Taliban and prominent Afghan personalities…

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Bill C.

Sat, 09/14/2019 - 12:12pm

"The enemy of my enemy is my friend."

This photo, although not including Putin, reminds me of:

a.  The photo of Reagan with the Afghan freedom fighters cir. 1983 and

b.  The purpose of this meeting back then.

https://www.businessinsider.com/reagan-freedom-fighters-taliban-foreign-policy-2013-2

Given that "turn-about is fair play," then:

a.  Much as with the U.S./West's initiative -- during the Old Cold War -- to thwart Soviet/communist efforts to expand their way of life, their way of governance, their values, etc., throughout the world, 

b.  Likewise with Russia, et al's, initiative -- in the post-Cold War -- to thwart U.S./Western's efforts to expand our way of life, our way of governance, our values, etc., worldwide.   

Bottom Line Thought -- Based on the Above:

What was the overall goal of the U.S./the West -- re: these such "containment" efforts vis-a-vis the Soviets/the communists during the Old Cold War?

(The demise of the Soviet Union?  The Soviets/the communists being forced to abandon their way of life, their way of governance, their values, etc., and, in the place of same, being forced to adopt something resembling our own such attributes instead?)

What is the overall goal of Russia, et al. -- re: these such "containment" efforts vis-a-vis the U.S./the West today? 

(The demise of the U.S./the West?  The U.S./the West being forced to abandon our way of life, our way of governance, our values, etc., and, in the place of same, being forced to adopt some of the attributes of our enemies instead?)