>> As America tries to end 16 years of war in Afghanistan, it's warning that Russia is resurrecting its own interest in the war torn nation. US Secretary of Defense, Jim Mattis meeting with his British counterpart, Michael Fallon in London on Friday. The Pentagon's top man, voicing concern over Russia's presence in Afghanistan, and its interactions with Taliban fighters.
>> I'm not willing to say at this point if that is manifested into weapons and that sort of thing, but certainly, what they're up to there in light of their other activities gives us concern.>> Mattis didn't comment on the US's own involvement in Afghanistan. And if it would increase it's troop numbers there.
Only saying, that it's made cooperation with Russia particularly difficult for the US. Russia denies providing material support to the Taliban. The country is dogged by the memory of the Soviet Union's 1980s occupation of Afghanistan, which saw up to 2 million civilians being killed over nine years.