Russia Sends 10,000 AK-47s to Afghan Government
Published Feb 24, 2016 at 9:58 AM | Updated at 10:07 AM PST on Feb 24, 2016
A cargo plane laden with 10,000 AK-47s landed in Kabul on Wednesday, the first part of a major Russian military aid package aimed at helping Kabul contain a resurgent insurgency, NBC News reported.
The delivery — which also includes helicopters and heavy weapons — came almost three decades after the Soviet Union pulled out of Afghanistan in humiliation after a 10-year occupation.
This is the first direct military assistance to Afghanistan from Russia since the Taliban was toppled in 2001, Afghan National Security Council spokesman Tawab Ghurzang told NBC News.