Taliban leader gains Putin’s help at ‘secret meeting’

December 27, 2015 6:42 PM

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London - A senior Afghan militant commander has claimed that Russian President Vladimir Putin held an unpublicised meeting with Taliban chief Akhtar Mansour to discuss possible Russian support for the insurgents.

Putin is known to be concerned that Islamic State militants are gaining a foothold in Afghanistan, which borders the former Soviet satellite states of Turkmenistan and Tajikistan.

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