NATO Cooperation Must Be Resumed To Prevent Chaos In Afghanistan – Russia’s Chief Of General Staff – 11 December 2014

RT logoThe Afghanistan situation will likely worsen as NATO troops withdraw and focus on fighting ISIS, says Gen. Valery Gerasimov, Russia’s chief of General Staff. He urges the revival of international cooperation in the region to avoid a worst-case scenario.

“Taking into account the decision by the US political leadership to withdraw its contingent from Afghanistan before the end of 2014, we project – with high probability – a significant worsening of the situation in this country, including the transition of control over certain areas to terrorist groups,” Gerasimov said.

The current events in Iraq and Syria, as well as the emergence of the Islamic State group (IS, also known as ISIS/ISIL), may lead to “possible exception of Afghanistan from the focus of attention of [the] West and other states, which may compromise the security of the entire Central Asian region,” he warned.

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