Russia is recruiting Afghan commandos for the war against Ukraine - Foreign Policy

Russia is recruiting Afghan commandos for the war against Ukraine – Foreign Policy

Members of the elite commando corps of the National Army of Afghanistan receive offers to join the Russian military to conduct combat operations in Ukraine.

This is reported by the publication Foreign Policy.

Multiple sources in the Afghan military and security services say the US-trained light infantry, which has fought side-by-side with US and other allied special forces for nearly 20 years, could play a crucial role in what Russia needs on the battlefield in Ukraine.

After the US left Afghanistan in August 2021, 20-30 thousand Afghan volunteer commandos were left without work.

The United States has spent nearly $90 billion on the creation of the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces. Commandos, the publication writes, have always had great respect, as they were trained by US Navy SEALs and the British Special Air Service.

A former official, who was also an officer of the Afghan special forces, believes that the “Wagner” PMC is behind the recruitment of the Afghan special forces.

Some former special forces report being contacted via WhatsApp and Signal with offers to join Russia’s so-called “Foreign Legion”. Former Afghan soldiers say that up to 10,000 former commandos may agree to Russia’s proposals: “They have no country, no job, no future. They have nothing to lose”.

It will be recalled that, according to Ukrainian intelligence, Russia involved more than 8,000 mercenaries of the private military company “Wagner” in the war against Ukraine.

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Source: Russia is recruiting Afghan commandos for the war against Ukraine – Foreign Policy

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