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Russia Sends 10,000 AK-47s to Afghan Government



    Russia Sends 10,000 AK-47s to Afghan Government
    Russian Federation Ambassador, Alexander Mantytskiy, left, hands over an AK-47 to Afghan National Security Advisor, Mohammad Hanif Atmar, center, as the symbol of his country's military donation to the Afghan government, at Kabul International Airport, Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2016. The Russian embassy in Kabul announced that the Russian government handed over 10,000 AK47s as a military donation to Afghan National Security Forces. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)

    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.