The Chief of General Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces Mohammad Bagheri accused the USA of moving militants of ISIL (organization banned in Russia) and other terrorist groups from Iraq and Syria to Afghanistan, TASS reported on February 6.
“When the Americans saw that […] terrorist groups lost control of the land, they moved them to Afghanistan, and now we are witnessing new terrorist attacks and murders in this country. […] The presence of the Americans in Western Asia causes conflicts. […] The USA must leave this region, and the states must ensure their own security themselves,” Bagheri said.
In January 2018, 143 people were killed and 235 wounded by terrorist attacks in Afghanistan.
In the summer of 2017, the Fox News TV channel reported that Trump decided to reinforce the contingent in Afghanistan with another 4,000 troops by the spring of 2018.
According to the US’ new Middle Eastern strategy announced by President Donald Trump, the number of troops, as well as any plans for further military operations, will no longer be made public.
As of September 2017, over 15,000 US soldiers and officers were in Afghanistan, about 2,000 in Syria, and over 5,000 in Iraq.
Source: Rossa Primavera news agency