Taliban catches Afghanistan’s primary Tajikistan line crossing

Some security powers desert their posts and escape across the outskirts as the Taliban holds onto Shir Khan Bandar crossing.

The Taliban has caught Afghanistan’s principle line crossing with Tajikistan, an Afghan common authority and armed force official said on Tuesday, with some security powers forsaking their posts and escaping across the outskirts.

The capture of Shir Khan Bandar, in the furthest north of Afghanistan about 50km (30 miles) from Kunduz city, is the main addition for the Taliban since it ventured up procedure on May 1 when the US started the last phases of its troop withdrawal.

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Taliban catches Afghanistan’s fundamental Tajikistan line crossing

Some security powers forsake their posts and escape across the wilderness as the Taliban holds onto Shir Khan Bandar crossing.

Afghan powers at the site of a fight with the Taliban in Kunduz territory [Reuters]

Afghan powers at the site of a fight with the Taliban in Kunduz territory [Reuters]

22 Jun 2021

The Taliban has caught Afghanistan’s fundamental line crossing with Tajikistan, an Afghan common authority and armed force official said on Tuesday, with some security powers relinquishing their posts and escaping across the outskirts.

The capture of Shir Khan Bandar, in the furthest north of Afghanistan about 50km (30 miles) from Kunduz city, is the main addition for the Taliban since it ventured up procedure on May 1 when the US started the last phases of its troop withdrawal.

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“Sadly earlier today and following an hour of battling the Taliban caught Shir Khan port and the town and all the line check posts with Tajikistan,” said Kunduz commonplace committee part Khaliddin Hakmi.

A military official told the AFP news office: “We had to leave all check posts … and a portion of our fighters crossed the line into Tajikistan.

“By the morning, they (Taliban contenders) were all over the place, many them,” he said on state of obscurity.

Taliban representative Zabihullah Mujahid affirmed the contenders had held onto the line crossing across the Pyanj River.

“Our Mujahideen are in full control of Shir Khan Bandar and all the boundary intersections with Tajikistan in Kunduz,” he told AFP.

UN admonition

The assault comes as the UN unique emissary on Afghanistan cautioned that Taliban contenders have taken more than 50 of 370 locale in the country since May and that expanded clash “signifies expanded instability for some, different nations, all over”.

“Those regions that have been taken encompass commonplace capitals, recommending that the Taliban are situating themselves to attempt to take these capitals once unfamiliar powers are completely removed,” the UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Afghanistan Deborah Lyons told the UN Security Council.

Savage battling between the Taliban and Afghan government powers has occurred on the edges of three common capitals in the northern areas of Faryab, Balkh and Kunduz territories lately, authorities said.

Taliban gains and the consistent withdrawal of the excess 2,500-3,500 US troops and 7,000 NATO powers have loaned a desperation to endeavors to discover an arranged finish to Afghanistan’s extended clash.

Talks between the public authority and the Taliban occurring in Qatar presently can’t seem to make a leap forward.

While Taliban pioneers say they are prepared to arrange, spectators acquainted with the discussions say the development appears to be more centered around tying down military increases to fortify its arranging position.

“The odds to see a new force to the harmony dealings presently look destroyed and most accept that the conflict that has been continuing for a very long time in Afghanistan will get more increased, the nation maybe isolated,” said James Bays, Al Jazeera’s political proofreader.

Regardless of all Security Council part states being in arrangement over the need to bring the exchanges in the groove again, Bays clarified, a large part of the concentration in the coming weeks is rather going to be guided towards endeavors to moderate a helpful crisis, including the possibility of a “mass evacuee emergency”.

In the interim, the White House on Sunday reported that US President Joe Biden will meet Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and Abdullah, the top of the country’s High Council for National Reconciliation, which administers the public authority’s arrangement group.

Friday’s gathering, as indicated by a White House proclamation, is expected to re-assert the US’s monetary and philanthropic guide “to help the Afghan public, including Afghan ladies, young ladies and minorities”.

White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said their discussion would likewise “keep on talking about how we can cooperate to guarantee that Afghanistan never again turns into a place of refuge for fear monger bunches who represent a danger to the US country”.

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