The news went through NATO troops like a shock wave. Russia is recruiting elite Afghan soldiers – trained by NATO itself. The USA spent a lot of money on this training during the war in Afghanistan. A rumored 90 billion US dollars was made available for the special training. And the US must have done a good job of training 20,000 to 30,000 elite soldiers, as one US soldier told the AP news agency: “I honestly don’t want to see them on a battlefield, but certainly not fighting.” the Ukrainians.”
But that’s exactly what’s going to happen now, because now Russia is paying a little to recruit the men from the Afghan special command. As the Swiss “Tagesanzeiger” reports, between 1,500 and 3,000 US dollars should be paid for the training and 7,000 euros for combat use. After a two-month training course, you should go straight to the front. Added to this is the granting of Russian citizenship to the elite soldiers and their closest relatives.
This is a particular incentive for Afghans, since many have wanted to leave the country since the Taliban took power. They are in a vulnerable position, and US soldiers have already warned they would be easy prey for recruiters. For the Taliban, those soldiers who stood with the US are simply intolerable. So they don’t have many options. The offer of Russian citizenship comes at just the right time. Even if the mission is life, but these men already know that.
Iran is said to play a mediating role in recruiting. Furthermore, according to Foreign Policy, a soldier can get half his old unit to join “because they’re all like brothers.”
It is unclear at this time how many soldiers have pledged to fight in the Ukraine war, but it is believed that there are already hundreds. One stands up for the other. A mentality that could benefit Putin. While on the one hand he caused a power failure in the entire Ukraine through bombardments, on the other hand he had to withdraw his troops from Cherson. It remains to be seen how useful the Afghan elite soldiers will be to him. In any case, one cannot have any joy with an enemy that one has trained oneself. This could have bitter consequences for NATO.
In this case, the USA could be master and sorcerer’s apprentice at the same time, because with a “In the corner, broom, broom!” Seid’s been”, with which the master saved the sorcerer’s apprentice from the summoned spirits in Goethe’s ballad of the same name, it will not be done.