U.S. Asked Russia About Using Central Asia Bases for Afghan Monitoring

U.S. Gen. Mark Milley allegedly asked his Russian counterpart last week to clarify an earlier offer by Russian President Vladimir Putin for the U.S. to use Russian military bases in Central Asia to monitor emerging security threats from Afghanistan, the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) reported Monday, citing unnamed U.S. government officials.

WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 28: Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark A. Milley g

Afghan Finance Minister Quits, Flees Country as Taliban Advances

Acting Finance Minister Khalid Payenda on Wednesday resigned his position with the government of Afghanistan and fled the country after the brutal Taliban insurgency gained control of vital border crossings and captured three more provincial capitals, bringing its total to nine.

Khalid Payenda

Tajikistan Calls for Russian Military Aid on Afghanistan Border

Tajikistan asked the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) — a Russian-led military alliance of former Soviet republics — for help in securing its border with Afghanistan on Wednesday citing advances by the Taliban terror group following a Western troop withdrawal from Kabul.

In this handout photo released by Border Troops of the State Committee for National Securi

Russian Soldiers Begin Drills Near Afghan Border

Thousands of troops from Russia and the former Soviet republic of Tajikistan recently participated in joint military exercises along the Afghanistan border to prepare against possible spillover violence from the northern Afghan provinces where the Taliban and the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL) are fueling deteriorating security conditions, Khaama Press (KP) reports Thursday.

Russia and Tajikistan have begun large-scale military drills close to the Central Asian st