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Taliban claims to control 90% of Afghan border

A plane takes off from Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan, on July 4, 2021. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)
A plane takes off from Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan, on July 4, 2021. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)

A spokesman for the Taliban claims it now controls 90% of Afghanistan’s borders, following offensives carried out by the hardline Islamist group as foreign forces withdraw.

“Afghanistan’s borders with Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan and Iran, or about 90% of the border, are under our control,” Zabihullah Mujahid told the state-run RIA Novosti news agency, a claim that could not be independently verified.

The militants are pushing across Afghanistan, snapping up territory, seizing border crossings and encircling cities, with the withdrawal of US and NATO troops all but complete.

The resurgent militants now control about half of Afghanistan’s roughly 400 districts.

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