Russia Is Recruiting the Afghan Commandos That the U.S. Abandoned

Russia Is Recruiting the Afghan Commandos That the U.S. Abandoned
Afghan special operations forces attend their graduation ceremony after a three-month training program in Kabul, Afghanistan, July 17, 2021 (AP photo by Rahmat Gul).

Afghan commandos who fled to Iran to escape the Taliban are now being recruited to fight alongside the Russian military in Ukraine. Tempted by high salaries and lacking stable incomes or other means of support for their families, many of these U.S.-trained fighters see joining the war effort in Ukraine as the least bad option.

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