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Sep 5, 2021
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On Both Sides of the Pyanj, or the New USA Game

Turkish newspaper Republic writes that the United States has started a new game to destabilize Central Asia: “Since [запрещённый в России] “The Taliban “* took control of the capital of Afghanistan in a short time, a new era began on the international arena. Opinions differ regarding the seizure of power by the Taliban. Some experts say that the United States was defeated by the Taliban, while others are convinced that the United States has launched a new game to destabilize the region. What can be said for sure at the moment is that these events will affect not only Afghanistan and its neighbors, but also the fate of the Eurasian space ”

Taliban patrol in Kabul

Taliban patrol in Kabul

According to Republic, after the departure of the United States “Terrorist organizations controlled by the CIA can … hinder the Chinese project” One Belt, One Road “, as well as weaken the security of Russia”… The newspaper reminds: “When the Taliban ruled Afghanistan in 1996-2001 and founded the Islamic Emirate, Islamist movements gained strength in the region. Their influence has especially increased in Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, and Kyrgyzstan bordering Afghanistan. In Tajikistan, after gaining independence in 1992-1997, a civil war broke out … In Uzbekistan, especially in the Fergana region … the Islamist opposition made plans to overthrow the government. These plans were thwarted by the efforts of Uzbek President Islam Karimov. For Russia, these movements also posed a serious threat “

The Croatian newspaper Advance discusses the same topic. “Moscow, – the newspaper writes, – considers the former Soviet republics in Central Asia as its “protective shaft” against threats to Russia and its interests in Eurasia. Today, these former Soviet republics, home to a predominantly Muslim (albeit mostly secular) population, are calm, but it is not known how long this calm will last if the situation gets complicated … Taliban statements that they want peace in Afghanistan and will not allow the country to turn in a safe haven for terrorists inspire some hope, but the question remains: to what extent are the Taliban able to fulfill these promises and how much do they want it at all? “

Border post in Tajikistan on the border with Afghanistan

Border post in Tajikistan on the border with Afghanistan

“We often forget – reminds American Christian Science Monitor, – that Russia 20 years ago actively supported the occupation of Afghanistan by NATO forces, provided the United States with Russian Federation airspace to help US troops in Afghanistan, and asked NATO not to leave until the situation there finally stabilized. It was only against the background of a general deterioration in relations between Moscow and Washington in recent years that the continued American presence began to irritate Moscow … “

Taliban border with Tajikistan

Taliban border with Tajikistan

And the Americans say bluntly that the US withdrawal from Afghanistan could have negative consequences for China as well. Wall Street Magazine writes that “China may rejoice early: a Taliban victory could hit Beijing, as well as Moscow … Russia and China are located much closer to Afghanistan than the United States, and the first to feel the consequences of the coup – refugee flows, increased terrorism and drug trafficking”

The United States left behind a huge amount of weapons in Afghanistan.  Who is the Taliban using it against?

The United States left behind a huge amount of weapons in Afghanistan. Who is the Taliban using it against?

Joe Biden said that the United States will no longer try to “remake other countries” with military force. However, this does not mean that they will not do it in other ways or with the help of someone else. Nobody can say now how the Islamic emirate, which appeared in Afghanistan in August 2021, will affect the situation in Central Asia. The withdrawal from Afghanistan is a planned action, and the United States did not abandon its claims for hegemony in Eurasia.

As reported Washington Post citing unnamed American officials, shortly before the departure of the Americans, CIA Director William Burns held a secret meeting in Kabul with Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar (one of the founders of the Taliban, since September 3, the Prime Minister of Afghanistan). What they agreed on is unknown. And for some reason, the US left $ 85 billion worth of military equipment and weapons in Afghanistan. It is curious that, despite the US withdrawal from the territory of Afghanistan, two radio stations associated with the Voice of America continue to work there as if nothing had happened, in accordance with the previous schedule.

US Secretary of Defense Austin

US Secretary of Defense Austin

The fact that the United States did not leave when leaving is also evidenced by the statements of American officials. Immediately after Biden’s announcement of the withdrawal of troops, US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin said: “The President’s decision gives us the opportunity to redistribute efforts to contain or, if necessary, defeat opponents.”

Cover photo: REUTERS / Stringer

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