Abdullah: Russia Claims U.S. Has Made Daesh in Afghanistan

Afghan Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah says Russia claims U.S. has created Daesh (Islamic State) in Afghanistan.

“Recently one of their [Russian] security officials visited Afghanistan,… they said clearly that Daesh, specially Daesh in Afghanistan is U.S. made,” Abdullah said in response a question regarding Russia’s contacts with the Taliban on the Halifax International Security Forum on Sunday in Canada.

The issue is a bit strangle for those who are underground, including Afghan security forces who are fighting Daesh with the support of U.S. and allies, he said.

He, meanwhile, cited Russia officials as saying that the Taliban is not a threat to international peace. “if harboring terrorism and terrorists from all around the world is what Taliban has been doing at the moment, specially from Central Asian republics and some from Chechnia , if this is not a  threat to the international peace so what could be?” he questioned.

 When asked about Iran and Taliban relations, Chief Executive stressed that Tehran has been supporting the Afghan government since last 16 years. “There is no doubt,” he said.

Reforms and holding transparent elections were the other issues as Abdullah explained at the forum.

He said they have learned lessons from 2014 presidential elections, “we have taken stock of those lessons in the reform process which was underway, one of the important recommendations for transparent elections has been to provide voters’ list in the polling stations.”