More than 1,000 Afghan troops flee Taliban into Tajikistan – News Vibe24

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    DUSHANB: More than 1,000 Afghan troops fled to neighboring Tajikistan in the early hours of Monday after clashes with the Taliban, the Central Asian country’s national security commission said.
    Taliban fighters have launched several major attacks in northern Afghanistan in recent weeks as US and international troops withdraw from the country, including the seizure of the main crossing into Tajikistan last month.
    On Monday, Tajikistan’s national security commission said 1,037 Afghan troops had fled to the former Soviet Union “to save their lives” after overnight clashes with the Taliban.
    “Taking into account the principle of good neighborliness and respecting the position of non-interference in the internal affairs of Afghanistan, military personnel of the Afghan government forces are allowed to enter the territory of Tajikistan,” the commission said in a statement issued by the Tajik State Intelligence Agency. Khovar.
    He said the Taliban had “taken full control” of six areas in Badakhshan province bordering Tajikistan in northeastern Afghanistan.
    Several hundred Afghan troops had already crossed into Tajikistan after the Taliban launched their offensive in early May.
    The militants have occupied dozens of areas of Afghanistan, raising fears that the Afghan army will collapse as soon as US and international troops complete their withdrawal from the country in September.
    US President Joe Biden has ordered the withdrawal of all US troops from Afghanistan by the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks that sparked the invasion.


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