Taliban now controls 90 percent of Afghanistan’s borders: report

The Taliban now control about half of Afghanistan’s 400 districts. (Representative)

Moscow:

The Taliban controls 90 percent of Afghanistan’s borders, a spokesman told Russian media on Thursday, as foreign forces withdraw after crimes committed by the radical Islamist group.

“The borders of Afghanistan with Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan and Iran or about 90 percent of the border are under our control,” Zabihullah Mujahid told RIA Novosti news agency.

With the withdrawal of American and NATO troops, terrorists are pushing across Afghanistan, ravaging territory, crossing borders and besieging cities.

Insurgent militants now control half of Afghanistan’s nearly 400 districts.

Former Soviet Tajikistan on the border with Afghanistan conducted a massive military inspection – the first of its kind in the country’s 30-year history.

Taliban attacks in recent weeks have forced Afghan refugees and government troops to cross the Tajik border.

Russia, which maintains military bases in Central Asia, said it would conduct military exercises with Tajikistan and Uzbekistan near the border with Afghanistan next month.

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