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Russia can't derail US exit from Afghanistan: general

General Joseph Dunford, Commander of the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) and United States Forces in Afghanistan, talks to media representatives in Kabul on June 18, 2013Russia would be unable to disrupt the US military’s withdrawal from Afghanistan even if it cut off access to supply routes across its territory, a top US commander said Wednesday. Amid rising tensions between Washington and Moscow over the crisis in Ukraine, the head of NATO-led forces in Afghanistan reassured lawmakers that Russia could not hold up a planned troop drawdown there. “I’m absolutely confident we’ll be able to” remove all US equipment on schedule, General Joseph Dunford told the Senate Armed Services Committee. “Even if the Russians cut off one of the avenues?” Senator John McCain asked.

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