Taliban say they control 85pc of Afghanistan

Taliban say they control 85pc of Afghanistan
Mawlawi Shahabuddin Dilawar, member of political delegation from the Afghan Taliban's movement gestures during a news conference in Moscow, Russia, Friday, July 9, 2021. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)

Taliban officials said on Friday the insurgent group had taken control of 85 per cent of territory in Afghanistan, and international concern mounted over problems getting medicines and supplies into the country.

Afghan government officials described the assertion that the Taliban controlled most of the country as part of a propaganda campaign launched as foreign military personnel, including those from the United States, withdraw after almost 20 years of fighting.

However, local Afghan officials said Taliban fighters, emboldened by the withdrawal, had captured an important district in Herat province, home to tens of thousands of minority Shia Hazaras.

Insurgent group’s officials tell news conference in Moscow they will not allow their territory to be used against neighbors, reported Dawn.

Torghundi, a northern town on the border with Turkmenistan, had also been captured by the Taliban overnight, Afghan and Taliban officials said


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