According to reports The Taliban control 90 percent of Afghanistan’s borders, a spokesman told Russian media on Thursday, following offensives carried out by the hardline Islamist group as foreign forces withdraw.
“Afghanistan’s borders with Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, and Iran, or about 90 percent of the border, are under our control,” Zabihullah Mujahid told the RIA Novosti news agency, a claim that could not be independently verified.
The militants were pushing across Afghanistan, captured the borders, and surrounded the cities, with the withdrawal of US and NATO troops almost complete.
Resurgent militants now control approximately half of Afghanistan’s approx 400 districts. Mujahid told RIA Novosti the Taliban would not tolerate the Islamic State (Daesh) terror group, also called ISIS, in Afghanistan.
“We have already rejected Turkey’s position and said that after the US withdrawal from Afghanistan we will not allow other foreign forces to remain in the country under any pretext,” Mujahid said.