by Voice of Russia
The Russian military will train combat engineers for the Afghan army to ensure safe and efficient mine sweeping in the war-torn Central Asian country, Russia’s defense minister said Wednesday.
“We are working on the creation of a training center to prepare sappers for mine sweeping in Afghanistan,” Sergei Shoigu said at a meeting with university students in Moscow.
Shoigu said that the training would be carried out through interpreters speaking dialects commonly used in Afghanistan.
The NATO-led International Security Assistance Force is expected to withdraw from the war-torn country by the end of 2014, handing over responsibility for security in Afghanistan to local police and military forces.
In May, Russia’s military intelligence agency said it expected the influence of the radical Islamist Taliban to grow in Afghanistan after international coalition forces leave.
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