As Daesh (ISIS/ISIL) and the Taliban continue to gain ground in Afghanistan, threatening to spread terrorism to Central Asian states, media recently reported on unidentified aircraft flying over Afghanistan and allegedly supplying Daesh terrorists with weapons, Russia’s Sputnik news agency reports.
Zamir Kabulov, a high-ranking Russian diplomat and Russian president’s envoy to Afghanistan, has recently remarked that if the Afghan government and Washington are unable to counter the threat posed by Daesh’s spread, Russia will resort to military force in Afghanistan, Sputnik Afghanistan reported.
For now, however, Russia is waiting for the NATO leadership’s reaction to reports on the unidentified aircraft in Afghanistan.
According to some sources, these aircraft are transporting Daesh militants to a number of areas and supplying them with weapons.
The parliament of Afghanistan echoed the Russian envoy’s concerns, with some deputies even going so far as suggesting that the unidentified aircraft may be connected to the United States.
Kabulov also said that Russian diplomats raised the issue of the unidentified aircraft during a meeting of the UN Security Council.
According to the Russian Foreign Ministry, at least in three northern provinces of Afghanistan (Jowzjan, Faryab, Sar-e Pol) cases were seen being dropped from the unidentified aircraft for Daesh militants.
A military analyst, retired Air Force General of Afghanistan Atiqullah Amarhel, said that no one controls the aviation flights in Afghanistan.
“During an interview on television, I was asked to say that the helicopters belong to Russia and that they allegedly help the Taliban. I denied this information, saying that Russia does not have such a need. If they suddenly wanted to do this, they would have used the Amu Darya [river],” Amarhel said.
However, according to the military analyst these helicopters are not unidentified aircraft.
“Everyone knows that the United States and NATO are closely monitoring the situation in Afghanistan. The purpose of these flights is to advise and supply the terrorist groups,” Amarhel said.
“Everyone knows that with the help of these helicopters, in addition to supplying Daesh and Taliban, there is the smuggling of precious stones and drugs going on,” the Afghan analyst said.
According to him, the situation in Afghanistan is not under the control of the authorities.
“Nobody controls US and NATO planes that can land at any airfields in the country. They act independently: they can bring anything into Afghanistan, as well as take out what they want,” Amarhel concluded.