Kabul, Afghanistan (AP) — A surge in Taliban victories in northern Afghanistan has caused some countries to close consulates in northern Afghanistan and reserve troops south across the Tajikistan border, officials and reports on Tuesday. Is being called to strengthen the borders of Afghanistan. Nearly 1,000 Afghan soldiers have fled the Taliban’s advance to Tajikistan
Kabul, Afghanistan (AP) — A surge in Taliban victories in northern Afghanistan has caused some countries to close consulates in northern Afghanistan and reserve troops south across the Tajikistan border, officials and reports on Tuesday. Is being called to strengthen the borders of Afghanistan.
Nearly 1,000 Afghan soldiers have fled the Taliban’s advance to Tajikistan across the border, according to reports from Tajikistan.
According to a Tajik government statement on Monday, President Emomali Rahmon ordered the mobilization of 20,000 military reserves to strengthen the border with Afghanistan.
The escape of Afghan troops occurred as the Taliban conquered most areas of northeastern Badakhshan. Many of the districts collapsed without fighting, but hundreds of Afghan national security and defense forces crossed the border in search of security along the northern border of the state with Tajikistan.
Turkish and Russian consulates were reportedly closed in Mazar-i-Sharif, the capital of northern Balkh and the fourth largest city in Afghanistan. Iran said it has restricted activities at consulates in the city. Although fighting is taking place in Balkh, the capital is relatively peaceful.
Consulates in Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, India and Pakistan have reduced their services, said Balkh Governor spokesman Munir Farhad on Tuesday. He said Turkey and Russia had closed their consulates and diplomats had left the city.
The Tajik government said Afghan troops were allowed to cross for humanitarian reasons, but the Tajik border post controlled the Tajik troops and there was no Tajik fight with the Taliban.
Moscow also said on Monday that Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov was “increasing concern” about the fighting, but Russia has no plans to send troops to support the Old Republic.
“After the withdrawal of Americans and their allies from Afghanistan, we have repeatedly said that the development of the situation in this country is a matter of our growing concern,” Peskov said. “We are monitoring it very carefully and unfortunately we are aware that there is (situational) instability.”
Meanwhile, Tajikistan’s state news agency Khovar has counted 1,037 Afghan soldiers who entered Tajikistan while fleeing for their lives. On Monday, they said they used seven intersections along the country’s shared 910 kilometers (565 miles) border.
The Taliban have won a relentless territorial victory since mid-April when President Joe Biden announced that the last 2,500 to 3,500 US soldiers and 7,000 alliance NATO soldiers would leave Afghanistan.
Most people have already left quietly long before the deadline announced in September.
The United States evacuated Bagram Airfield last week. The epicenter of the nearly 20-year war was to hunt al-Qaeda perpetrators of the 9/11 attacks on the United States and leave the Taliban, which contained them.
Bagram’s evacuation was a sure sign that most U.S. troops had left, but a complete withdrawal is expected to be completed by the end of August, while an agreement to protect Kabul’s Hamid Karzai International Airport is resolved. Is not …
Meanwhile, the peace talks between the Taliban and the Afghan government in Qatar a few months ago have almost stopped, despite both saying they want to end by negotiating decades of conflict. doing.
With victories in northern and southern Afghanistan, the Taliban are putting pressure on local cities and gaining control of major transport routes.
The Afghan government has revived militias who are almost loyal to the Kabul alliance’s warlords, but has a history of brutal violence that caused civil war anxiety, similar to the battle that devastated Kabul in the early 1990s.
The Taliban’s victory in northern Afghanistan is especially important. Because that part of the country is the traditional hub of the U.S. alliance’s warlords, the scene of the Taliban’s first widespread loss when a U.S.-led coalition began a battle to leave the religious movement in 2001. is.
Associated Press writers Daria Litvinova and Jim Heintz from Moscow and Tameem Akhgar from Kabul, Afghanistan contributed to this report.