The [Russian] ministry called attention to the fact that the "Taliban drove American-made Humvees in a recent attack on the base of the Afghan National Security Forces in Helmand. It is easy to imagine the conclusion that can be made from this news based on CNN's logic," the statement said.
The only reason I'm bothering with a Sputnik report about SecState Tillerson's latest utterances regarding Russia is that it's another indication of the rampant corruption in the Afghan government and its military.
As to the report's theorizing about why Washington is accusing Russia of supplying weapons to the Taliban -- I think the Russians keep making the mistake of trying to analyze situations that don't have a rational basis.
Look, it's a waste of time to analyze why scatterbrains do things.
As to Taliban claims, cited in the report, that they don't get "assistance" from any foreign government -- if they can pick up weapons on the cheap from the Afghan Army, Pakistan (or Saudi bankrollers) wouldn't need to supply them. But in my view the Taliban are just another "lashkar" used by the Pakistan military as a mercenary proxy fighting force.
As to what events might change my mind about this -- the Taliban could swear on a stack of Korans that they're now independent from Rawalpindi and I wouldn't believe them. That's just me; okay? Me and 99 percent of the Afghans.
13:13 - 24.08.2017(updated 15:53)