The Taliban* controls approximately 90% of Afghanistan’s border with neighbouring countries, Zabiullah Mujahid, the movement’s spokesman, told Sputnik on Thursday.
“The borders of Afghanistan with Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Iran — about 90% of the borders are under our control … The border with Turkmenistan and the border with Iran are completely under our control. The borders of Pakistan (with the exception of a few small sections) are also under our control”, Mujahid said.
The statement is released after earlier in the day, Moscow noted that the hasty US withdrawal from Afghanistan resulted in a major shift, with the Taliban seizing almost full control of the Tajik border.
ASGHAR ACHAKZAIPeople wave a Taliban flag as they drive through the Pakistani border town of Chaman on July 14, 2021, after the Taliban claimed they had captured the Afghan side of the border crossing of Spin Boldak along the frontier with Pakistan
The war-torn nation has been witnessing major clashes between the Taliban movement and the government forces in recent months. The militants gained momentum as the American troops started pulling out on 1 May, in accordance with the agreement that the Taliban and the United States had stricken in Doha in February 2020.
According to the Taliban, its forces are now controlling nearly 85 percent of Afghanistan.
*Taliban, a terrorist group banned in Russia and a spate of other countries