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The United States must confront Russia for providing weapons to the Taliban for use against American-backed forces in Afghanistan, top U.S. military officials said Monday.At a news conference with Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, Gen. John Nicholson, the American commander in Afghanistan, wouldn't provide specifics about Russia's role in Afghanistan. While other U.S. officials have accused Russia of helping Taliban insurgents, Nicholson is the first to publicly indicate that such support extends to arms.Russia denies that it provides any such support to the Taliban, which ruled Afghanistan until the U.S.-led invasion in 2001 .The Taliban claimed it carried out the attack.
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