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Gen. John Nicholson Requests India to Boost Military Support in Afghanistan

John Nicholson Jr.
John Nicholson Jr.

Gen. John Nicholson, commander of the U.S. forces in Afghanistan, has called on India to boost military aid for the Middle Eastern nation in support of Western sanctions against Russia, Defense News reported Thursday.

Vivek Raghuvanshi writes Nicholson has met with Ajit Doval, India’s national security adviser, Subrahmanyam Jaishankar, foreign secretary, and Mohan Kumar, defense secretary, to discuss a paucity of spares received by Afghan forces of Russian-made weaponry.

“Due to sanctions on Russia, it’s difficult to acquire supplies of spare parts for Russian military platforms, because much of the money is given to Afghanistan by donors who have sanctions against Russia in place,” said Nicholson.

The report noted India has transferred four Russian-made Mi-25 attack helicopters to Afghanistan’s air force to mark the first transfer of military equipment to the country.

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