WSJ: US plans to move troops from Afghanistan closer to Russian borders

Washington is considering the possibility of transferring troops, which are being withdrawn from Afghanistan, to the countries of Central Asia, in particular – Uzbekistan and Tajikistan. This is reported by The Wall Street Journal, citing its sources.

WSJ: US plans to move troops from Afghanistan closer to Russian borders
Soldiers attached to the 101st Resolute Support Sustainment Brigade, Iowa National Guard and 10th Mountain, 2-14 Infantry Battalion, load onto a Chinook helicopter to head out on a mission in Afghanistan, January 15, 2019. 1st Lt. Verniccia Ford/U.S. Army/Handout via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS – THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. – RC110D3B25B0

The publication writes that the United States needs bases to accommodate not only military personnel, but also drones, bombers and artillery in order to provide support to the Afghan government and restrain the activities of the Taliban terrorist organization (banned in the Russian Federation).

Sources The Wall Street Journal reported that some military and administration officials of US President Joe Biden are of the opinion that it would be best to deploy troops in Uzbekistan and Tajikistan, which border Afghanistan.

At the same time, the interlocutors of the newspaper stressed that the transfer of American troops to the countries of Central Asia is complicated by the “large military presence” of Russia in the region and the growing influence of China. At present, the US leadership has not yet made official requests to establish military bases on the territory of the Central Asian countries, as it weighs all the pros and cons.

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