Afghanistan says Taliban's claim of controlling 90% of border is 'absolute lie'

WION Web Team
New DelhiUpdated: Jul 23, 2021, 06:13 PM IST


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The Taliban have made dramatic gains in Afghanistan especially in recent months. They control about half of districts in Afghanistan

Afghanistan's defence ministry said on Friday that Taliban's claims of holding 90 per cent of country's borders was an "absolute lie". The ministry insisited that government forces were in control of country's frontiers

"It is baseless propaganda," deputy spokesman of the Ministry of Defence Fawad Aman told AFP, a day after the insurgents made the claim, which was not possible to independently verify.

Taliban had made the claim on Thursday. It came after the group captured key border crossings with Iran, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Pakistan in recent weeks in a staggering offensive launched as US-led foreign forces began their final troop withdrawal from Afghanistan.

On Friday, the deputy spokesman of defence ministry said that government forces were in control of country's borders and all "main cities and highways".

And even as large-scale fighting decreased during this week's Eid al-Adha holiday, the interior ministry accused the Taliban of killing about 100 civilians in the town of Spin Boldak along the border with Pakistan since seizing the crossing last week.

"Afghan security forces will soon take revenge on these wild terrorists," interior ministry spokesman Mirwais Stanekzai said on Twitter.

"The Taliban whenever they get control (of territory), the first thing they do is destroy public facilities or public infrastructure, harass people and forcefully displace families," Aman told AFP.

"It happened in Spin Boldak too."

With the withdrawal of American-led foreign forces all but complete, the resurgent Taliban now controls about half of Afghanistan's roughly 400 districts.

(With inputs from agencies)