Russia's ambassador in Kabul on fighting the Taliban: Don't bother with more troops

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Russia's ambassador to Afghanistan has some advice for top NATO commanders fighting the Taliban based on the Soviet Union's bitter experience battling Islamist insurgents here in the 1980s: Don't bring more troops.

'The more troops you bring the more troubles you will have here,' said Zamir Kabulov, a blunt-spoken veteran diplomat.

In 2002, he noted, there were roughly 5,000 U.S. soldiers fighting in Afghanistan and the Taliban controlled just a small corner of the country's southeast.

'Now we have Taliban fighting in the peaceful Kunduz and Baghlan (provinces) with your (NATO's) 100,000 troops,' he said this week, sitting on a couch in the Russian Embassy in Kabul.

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