MOSCOW: A spokesman for the Taliban claimed Thursday they managed 90 p.c of Afghanistan’s borders, following offensives performed as international forces withdraw.
“Afghanistan’s borders with Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, and Iran, or about 90 p.c of the border, are underneath our regulate,” Zabihullah Mujahid advised the state-run RIA Novosti information company, a declare that might no longer be independently verified.
Taliban are pushing throughout Afghanistan, snapping up territory, seizing border crossings and encircling towns, with the withdrawal of US and NATO troops all however entire.
The Taliban now regulate about part of Afghanistan’s kind of 400 districts.
Mujahid advised RIA Novosti the Taliban would no longer tolerate the Islamic State workforce, also known as ISIS, in Afghanistan.
“We guarantee you that we can no longer permit ISIS to turn out to be lively within the nation, in spaces underneath our regulate,” he stated.
“There aren’t any militants from Central Asia or China within the county,” he added.
Mujahid additionally stated that once the withdrawal, the Taliban is not going to tolerate international troops within the nation, together with from Turkey which has been in talks with Washington about taking up working Kabul airport.
“We now have already rejected Turkey’s place and stated that once america withdrawal from Afghanistan we can no longer permit different international forces to stay within the nation underneath any pretext,” Mujahid stated.
Ex-Soviet Tajikistan, on Afghanistan’s border, held a large-scale army inspection on Thursday — the primary of its sort within the nation’s 30-year historical past.
The Taliban’s offensives in contemporary weeks have compelled Afghan refugees and govt troops to make their approach around the Tajik border.
Russia, which maintains army bases in Central Asia, stated it will level army drills with Tajikistan and Uzbekistan close to the border with Afghanistan subsequent month.