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    Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova has urged Kabul to tackle the spreading threat of terrorism in northern Afghanistan and Central Asia. Afghan military analyst Mohammad Gul Mojahed told Sputnik that consolidated efforts are needed to fight terrorism in this country.

    General Mohammad Gul Mojahed, an Afghan military analyst, recalled that right now, there are more than 20 terrorist groups in Afghanistan which are represented by people from Chechen Republic in the Caucasus and several nations in Central Asia, such as Uzbekistan.

    Mojahed said that these groups settled in Afghan’s mountainous regions, killing the people of Afghanistan, a country which he said has fallen victim to terrorism.

    "Afghans are not terrorists. And it is international terrorists, not Afghans, who need this war," according to him.

    Members of a breakaway faction of the Taliban militants walk during a gathering, in Shindand district of Herat province, Afghanistan. File photo
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    Members of a breakaway faction of the Taliban militants walk during a gathering, in Shindand district of Herat province, Afghanistan. File photo

    "Apart from neighboring countries, the unstable situation in Afghanistan also affects major states, such as Russia, the United States and China. Combating terrorism requires joint efforts," Mojahed said.

    He added that given the existence of common borders between Afghanistan and Central Asian countries, Kabul should prevent terrorists from crossing Afghan border.

    "Such Central Asian nations as Tajikistan, Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan also share borders with Afghanistan. They should strengthen their borders so as to stop terrorists entering their territory," Mojahed pointed out.

    No Russia-Taliban Links

    Separately, he cast doubt on allegations about Russia's support for the Taliban, also calling on Moscow to cooperate against the terrorist threat in Afghanistan.

    "There is no proof on the matter and I do not believe in these rumors. Russia is a long-standing friend of the Afghan people and it has been helping us for many years. And now, Russia can also help us get out of this impasse and bring peace and stability to the Afghans," he concluded.

    Earlier this week, the Russian Foreign Ministry also dismissed allegations of Russian weapons being supplied to the Taliban as "absurd and baseless," while Russian presidential envoy to Afghanistan Zamir Kabulov told Sputnik that the claims are a lie aimed at justifying the failed US mission in Afghanistan.

    Afghan security forces respond to a Taliban-claimed suicide attack in Kabul, Afghanistan, Tuesday, April 19, 2016
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    Afghan security forces respond to a Taliban-claimed suicide attack in Kabul, Afghanistan, Tuesday, April 19, 2016

    He was echoed by acting Afghan Defense Minister Tariq Shah Bahram who said that "there have been certain rumors that the Russians are linked with the Taliban and help it, but we do not have any evidence at the moment."

    READ MORE: Experts on Afghanistan: US Abandons Search For Peaceful Talks With Taliban

    Earlier, Afghan political analysts told Sputnik that now that both the Taliban and Daesh terrorists pose a threat to Afghanistan, the potential consolidation of the two groups might deteriorate the situation even further.

    In August, the Afghan Independent Human Rights Commission said that the August 4 attack on Mirza Olang village in northern Afghanistan which claimed the lives of sixty civilians was carried out jointly by militants from the Daesh and Taliban terror groups.

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