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Taliban Took Control of Parts of the Territory Bordering Tajikistan

Friday 13 July 2018

KABUL — Militants of the radical movement Taliban took control of a significant part of the territory bordering with Tajikistan in Afghanistan, the media reported with reference to local sources.

“On Thursday morning, extremists seized the positions of government forces in Khwaja Ghar, bordering with Tajikistan”, Interfax quoted Sunatullah Timur, the spokesman for the governor of the Afghan province of Tahar.

“There is a threat of complete capture by the Taliban of Khwaja Ghar county, as well as neighboring districts of Darghad, Yangi Kala and Dashti Kala, located on the border with Tajikistan, as currently the authorities in this territory do not have sufficient forces and means to repel the attack”, said Timur.

Earlier on Thursday, the media reported on the attack of militants in the Dashti-Archi district bordering with Tajikistan, the province of Kunduz, adjacent to Takhar. “The militants attacked the army unit in the village of Puli Mohmand in Dashti-Archi district at midnight, killing 32 soldiers and wounding 20. Extremists took with them all the weapons and ammunition, equipment and ammunition they had in their disposal”, the report said.

A few days ago, local media reported that a company of the national army stationed on the border with Tajikistan left the location at night, fearing the Taliban attack, after rumours of a possible militant attack spread among the local population. However, the next day, after making sure that the rumours were false, the servicemen again returned to the barracks.

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