Trump also suggested that the subsequent war and occupation caused the downfall of the Soviet Union, saying: "Russia used to be the Soviet Union". "Invasion was condemned by UN&int. comm".
Trump's invitation for Russian Federation and India to join the fight against the Taliban - along with Pakistan, where the militants have enjoyed safe haven - further complicated matters, Masoomi told The Post.
The port is also a key link in the International North South Transport Corridor (INSTC), a 7,200-km-long multi-modal network of the ship, rail and road routes to move freight between India, Iran, Afghanistan, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Russia, Central Asia and Europe.
A Canadian soldier serving in Afghanistan inspects some of the Soviet munitions found by the troops in bunkers near Kabul.
Trump brought up India's aid during a rambling press appearance at a cabinet meeting as he defended his push for the U.S. to invest less overseas.
Reacting sharply to Trump's crack at Modi, BJP general secretary Ram Madhav said India has been doing vast development work in Afghanistan for which the people of the war-ravaged country "thank us, no matter what others do or don't".
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Trump went on to say that Pakistan ought to be fighting in Afghanistan in place of our troops. They were right to be there. "And he tells it - and he's very smart - and we're supposed to say, 'Oh, thank you for the library.' I don't know who's using it". "The problem is it was a tough fight", Trump said. "The United States has foolishly given Pakistan more than 33 billion dollars in aid over the last 15 years, and they have given us nothing but lies & deceit, thinking of our leaders as fools".
Pence's remarks came amid reports that Trump had ordered the Pentagon to prepare for the withdrawal of 7,000 American troops deployed in Afghanistan, about half of the USA contingent in the country. He said the invasion targeted terrorists who were flowing into the Soviet Union. "You know, a lot these places you're reading about now are no longer a part of Russian Federation because of Afghanistan". To now hear Trump justifying the invasion was "really odd", he said. Trump's dismissal of India's soft power as a component of its foreign policy toolbox in Afghanistan is not unusual; it is reflective of his essentially transactional view of India's relationship with the United States. But Russia's intervention in Afghanistan was far from the sole reason for the breakup.
Why is the USA involved instead of, say, Russian Federation?
Trump: "You do have terrorists, mostly Taliban, but ISIS. I don't like being taken advantage of", Trump said. Pakistan who impatiently applauded Trump decision of pulling out 7000 troops Did they see it as a victory? Trump blasted Pakistan in his first tweet of 2018, saying its leaders have given the U.S. "nothing but lies & deceit".
General Tanai, who staged a coup against communist leader Dr Najeebullah, said he was surprised to hear Trump's remarks and said it was the USA which had led the world to fight the Soviets. He gets 50 (per cent), and they think we're doing - like they're doing us a favour.