MOSCOW: The Taliban management 90 p.c of Afghanistan’s borders, a spokesman advised Russian media on Thursday, following offensives carried out by the hardline Islamist group as international forces withdraw.
“Afghanistan’s borders with Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, and Iran, or about 90 percent of the border, are under our control,” Zabihullah Mujahid advised the RIA Novosti information company, a declare that would 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 navy inspection — the primary of its form within the nation’s 30-year historical past. The Taliban’s offensives in latest weeks have compelled Afghan refugees and authorities troops to make their approach throughout the Tajik border.
Russia, which maintains navy bases in Central Asia, mentioned it might stage navy drills with Tajikistan and Uzbekistan close to the border with Afghanistan subsequent month.