Zamir Kabulov, the Russian president's special envoy for Afghanistan, spoke about the possible replacement of the military by US mercenaries in Afghanistan. He is quoted by RIA Novosti.
“We do not rule out that [US President-elect] Joseph Biden may make adjustments to the decision of the previous administration to withdraw US troops from Afghanistan, but it is unlikely that there will be any drastic changes. (…) For example, [it is possible] to replace the regular US Armed Forces with private military companies, ”the diplomat said.
He added that, in addition, changes in the parameters of the withdrawal of American troops can be expected. At the same time, Kabulov assessed negatively the possible replacement of regular soldiers with mercenaries.
The Special Representative stressed that Moscow and Washington have already established a good dialogue. In particular, he praised the work of the current US Secretary of State on Afghan reconciliation, Zalmay Khalilzad.
In July 2020, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced that the United States plans to completely withdraw its troops from Afghanistan by May 2021. He stressed that the American army has cut its military presence in the country by half.
The United States brought troops into Afghanistan after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attack in New York.