Trump Gives Weird History Lesson on Afghanistan and Russian Federation

Friday, 04 Jan, 2019

In his first cabinet meeting in the new year Wednesday, Trump asked India, Russia, Pakistan and other neighbouring countries to take responsibility for Afghanistan's security as he defended his push for the United States to invest less overseas.

Trump seemed to misstate the former Soviet Union's involvement in Afghanistan by saying: "Russia used to be the Soviet Union".

Withdrawal of U.S. forces from Afghanistan, even if it is a small fraction of the total troops, would create a political and military vacuum, said experts. "You know, a lot of these places you're reading about now are no longer part of Russian Federation, because of Afghanistan". "We just can't do that", he said.

In November 2018, a row that began with Trump's interview to Fox News had led to a series of tweets by both the U.S. head of state and PM Khan.

Trump's invitation for Russian Federation and India to join the fight against the Taliban - along with Pakistan, where the militants have enjoyed safe haven - further complicated matters, Masoomi told The Post.

It has committed about $3 billion in assistance to Afghanistan since US-led forces toppled the Taliban regime after the September 11, 2001 attacks.

Inaugurating the Afghan parliament building in 2015 after reconstruction financed by India, Modi promised to promote programs "empowering Afghan youth with modern education and professional skills".

He also criticized the plan to pull out at least half the 14,000 US troops in the country as bad for Afghanistan's stability, especially in the midst of peace negotiations.

"India firmly believes in the critical role that developmental assistance can play in transforming human lives". India reportedly funded a library in Jalalabad but that was many years ago, experts said. He added: "They were right to be there".

In his comments, Trump also called on Russia, Pakistan, and India to get involved in the fighting against the Taliban and Islamic State forces in Afghanistan.

There was ultimately a problem with extremism in Afghanistan, but it developed largely after the USSR left, and the mujahideen groups that sprang up to fight the Soviets devolved into the Taliban.

It only goes to show that while PM Modi might have spoken about a library, India's ties with Afghanistan are much, much more than that. But he is constantly telling me, he built a library in Afghanistan. The cricketer-turned politician said in January previous year that meeting President Trump would be a "bitter pill" to swallow. But government sources in New Delhi sought to reject President Trump's criticism, saying India was carrying out development work in Afghanistan to change people's lives there as per the requirements spelt out by the Afghan government, adding clearly that India does not deploy troops overseas except under UN-mandated operations.

The Soviet Union had invaded Afghanistan in December 1979 to support the communist government in Kabul.