Russia Could Return to Afghanistan

Back is the USSR? The Soviet Union may be gone, but Russian troops could be headed back to Afghanistan after an absence of more than 20 years, to assist a NATO mission. The last time Russian troops were there, the Red Army was retreating following its unsuccessful war with the U.S.-supported mujahideen fighters. Russian President Dmitry Medvedev will meet with officials next month to discuss the plan. The joint Russian-NATO initiative would include Russian assistance in the training of Afghan special forces and the contributions of helicopters and other materials.