When the Taliban occupied the Shirhan Bandar border crossing, some security forces abandoned their posts and fled across the border.
An Afghan provincial official and military officer said on Tuesday that the Taliban had occupied the main border crossing between Afghanistan and Tajikistan, and some security forces had abandoned their posts and fled the border.
The capture of Shir Khan Bandar in the northernmost part of Afghanistan, about 50 kilometers (30 miles) from Kunduz city, was the biggest gain the Taliban had achieved since the US began its intensified operations in the final phase of the withdrawal of troops on May 1. .
Kunduz Provincial Assembly member Khalidin Khakmi said: “Unfortunately, after an hour of fighting this morning, the Taliban occupied the port and town of Shir Khan and all border checkpoints with Tajikistan.”
At the same time, an army officer told AFP: “We were forced to leave all checkpoints… some of our soldiers crossed the border into Tajikistan.
“In the morning, they (Taliban fighters) are everywhere, there are hundreds of them,” he asked to remain anonymous.
Taliban spokesperson Zabihullah Mujahid confirmed that the fighters had occupied the crossing point across the Pyanj River.
“Our jihadists have complete control of Shir Khan Bandar and all border crossings between Kunduz and Tajikistan,” he told AFP.
At the time of the attack, the UN Special Envoy for Afghanistan warned that since May, Taliban militants have occupied more than 50 of the country’s 370 regions, and the increase in conflicts “means a sense of insecurity in many other countries near and far. increase”.
Deborah Lyons, the UN Secretary-General’s special representative for Afghanistan, told the UN Security Council: “These occupied areas surround the capital cities, which shows that the Taliban are preparing to try to occupy these capital cities after the foreign troops are completely withdrawn.”
Officials said that in recent days, there have been fierce fighting between the Taliban and Afghan government forces on the outskirts of the three provincial capitals of Faryab, Balkh and Kunduz in the north.
The victory of the Taliban and the steady withdrawal of the remaining 2,500-3,500 US troops and 7,000 NATO troops made it urgent to negotiate an end to the protracted conflict in Afghanistan.
The talks between the government and the Taliban in Qatar have not yet achieved a breakthrough.
Although the Taliban leaders said they are ready to negotiate, observers familiar with the negotiations said that the movement seems to be more focused on obtaining military benefits to strengthen its negotiating position.
At the same time, the White House announced on Sunday, President Joe Biden meets with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani Abdullah Abdullah (Abdullah Abdullah) is the head of the country’s High Commission for National Reconciliation, which oversees the government’s negotiating team.
According to a White House statement, Friday’s meeting aimed to reaffirm US financial and humanitarian assistance “to support the Afghan people, including Afghan women, girls and minorities.”
White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said that their conversation will also “continue to discuss how we can work together to ensure that Afghanistan no longer becomes a safe haven for terrorist organizations that pose a threat to the United States.”