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Afghan troops flee to Tajikistan after Taliban attack

By DW News
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Kabul, July 05: More than 1,000 Afghan government forces crossed the border in neighboring Tajikistan in the early hours of Monday morning following clashes with Taliban militants, Tajik border forces said in a statement published by the Khovar news agency.

Taliban attack

The Taliban continued their campaign of offensives against government-controlled areas in the north of the country as US and other international troops withdraw from the central Asian country.

A total of 1,037 Afghan soldiers crossed the border at seven different locations to "save their lives," the Tajik border forces statement said.

"Guided by the principles of humanism and good neighborliness," Tajik authorities allowed the retreating soldiers to enter Tajik territories.

Afghan districts fall to the Taliban

Taliban militants took control of several districts in the Badakhshan province bordering Tajikistan over the weekend.

The biggest gains for the Islamist group have been in the north of the country, once the domain of warlords allied with the US forces.

Almost 20 years after first invading the country, US and allied troops will fully pull out by September 11, the anniversary of the attacks that triggered what US President Joe Biden has called the "forever war."

Sweeping gains made by the Taliban ahead of the final withdrawal have raised fears that government forces will collapse and the Islamists will return to power.

Afghan forces giving up without a fight

In the face of the Taliban's onslaught, government forces are suffering from poor morale, according to a provincial council member in Badakhshan.

"Unfortunately, the majority of the districts were left to Taliban without any fight," Mohib-ul Rahman told AP.

Only two of the ten districts that fell to the Taliban put up any resistance, he said, with hundreds of soldiers and police officers surrendering their posts and fleeing to the provincial capital of Faizabad.

Source: DW

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