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Russia Opens New Front in U.S. Rivalry With Taliban Support

  • Local Afghan leaders accuse Russia of arming Taliban in north
  • Russia denies Afghan weapons allegations as fabrications
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Russia and the U.S. are increasingly sparring over Afghanistan, adding to rapidly souring ties between the Kremlin and President Donald Trump’s administration.

U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis has voiced alarm at Russia’s actions in Afghanistan, where it’s been cultivating links with the Taliban amid a campaign waged by the terrorist group against Afghan and NATO forces.