The Taliban management 90 per cent of Afghanistan’s borders, a advised Russian media on Thursday, following offensives carried out by the hardline Islamist group as overseas forces withdraw.
“Afghanistan’s borders with Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, and Iran, or about 90 p.c of the border, are underneath our management,” Zabihullah Mujahid advised the RIA Novosti information company, a declare that might not be independently verified.
The militants are pushing throughout Afghanistan, snapping up territory, seizing border crossings and encircling cities, with the withdrawal of US and NATO troops all however full.
The resurgent militants now management about half of Afghanistan’s roughly 400 districts.
Ex-Soviet Tajikistan, on Afghanistan’s border, held a large-scale army inspection — the primary of its type within the nation’s 30-year historical past.
The Taliban’s offensives in current weeks have compelled Afghan refugees and authorities troops to make their approach throughout the Tajik border.
Russia, which maintains army bases in Central Asia, mentioned it might stage army drills with Tajikistan and Uzbekistan close to the border with Afghanistan subsequent month.
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