July 25, 2021

Taliban say they seized a key border post with Pakistan

The Taliban, which has been leading an all-out offensive against Afghan forces for two months, claimed on Wednesday (July 14th) to have seized a key border post with Pakistan, in the southern Afghan province of Kandahar, which the Afghan authorities denied.

An official of the Pakistani security forces who requested anonymity, for his part, informed Agence France-Presse (AFP) that the Taliban had “Hoisted their flag and removed the Afghan flag” of the border crossing between the communities of Spin Boldak, in Afghanistan, and Chaman, in Pakistan. Several residents of the area reported a strong Taliban presence in Wesh, especially in official buildings, as well as on the road from Spin Boldak to Kandahar, the provincial capital.

“Our fighters have captured a major border town, Wesh, in Kandahar province. From now on, the road connecting Chaman, Spin Boldak and the customs of Kandahar are under their control ”, announced, in a statement, Zabihullah Mujahid, a spokesman for the Taliban. The Taliban “Assure all traders and residents that their safety is guaranteed”, he added.

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All-out offensive against Afghan forces

The Afghan Interior Ministry, for its part, told AFP that Afghan forces had “Repulsed” an attempt by the Taliban to seize the border post near Spin Boldak. “Taliban terrorists moved near the border area” in the Spin Boldak district, but “The security forces repelled their attack”ministry spokesman Tariq Arian said.

The Pakistani official said Pakistani forces were “On high alert of [leur] side “ from the border and “Still assessing the situation”. Pakistan has long been accused of supporting the Taliban and giving them refuge. The crossing point that the Taliban say they have taken connects Afghanistan to the Pakistani province of Balochistan (southwest of the country), reputed to house part of the Taliban leadership, in the Pakistani city of Quetta, or to receive the wounded Taliban who are treated there.

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Since launching an all-out offensive against Afghan forces in the early days of May, with the start of the withdrawal of foreign forces from the country, the Taliban have seized large parts of the country and of posts. -key borders with Iran, Turkmenistan, Tajikistan.

Deprived of crucial American air support, the Afghan forces have so far offered little resistance and essentially control only the major axes and large cities, many of which are surrounded.

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The World with AFP