The Afghan Ministry of Defense has called The Taliban’s claim to hold 90 percent of the country’s borders an “absolute lie”.
“It is baseless propaganda,” Fawad Aman, deputy spokesman for the ministry, told the France-Press Agency (AFP) on July 23.
Aman stressed that Afghan government forces are still in of control of the country’s borders and all “main cities and highways”.
The Taliban made the claim after advancing in several border areas and capturing crossings with Iran, Turkmenistan and Pakistan.
On July 8, the Taliban captured the Islam Qala border crossing with Iran. On July 9, the group’s fighters captured the Torghundi border crossing with Turkmenistan. On July 14, the group took over the Wesh–Chaman border crossing on the border with Pakistan.
The Taliban stepped up its operations against Afghan government forces after May 1, when the US announced a plan to pull its troops out from Afghanistan before September 11. Currently, nearly half the country’s districts are allegedly in the hand of the group.
Afghanistan appears to be heading to a long, intense civil war. The intra-Afghan peace process is on halt, with the Taliban demanding the formation of a new government.
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