Taliban Hasn’t Gained Full Control Over Afghanistan, Says CSTO

Friday, 11/17/2023

General Anatoly Sidorov, chief of the Collective Security Treaty Organisation (CSTO) Joint Staff, announced that the Taliban still do not have full control over the situation in Afghanistan.

Sidorov added that the CSTO is taking measures to restrain the threat of terrorism from Afghanistan.

On Thursday, during a press conference in Moscow, he stated that as of now, there is no military threat from Afghanistan. however, simultaneously it has been acknowledged that the current leadership of Afghanistan still does not fully control the situation in the country.

Sidorov responded to a question about whether Afghanistan is still considered a terrorist threat to CSTO member countries, stating, “Special measures are being taken in the northern areas of Afghanistan, which share borders with the member countries of the CSTO.”

However, he did not provide details about the measures taken by the organisation.

Sidorov also added that the issue of drug trafficking from Afghanistan still exists.

Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia and Tajikistan are members of the CSTO and have held several joint military exercises near the borders of Afghanistan in the past two years.

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