Afghanistan: Taliban claim to control 90% of borders

While US and NATO troops are withdrawing from Afghanistan, the Taliban have claimed to now control 90% of the borders. 

Media Sputnik relayed an interview with the spokesman of the Taliban, Zabiullah Mujahid, who declared Thursday, now control “entirely” the borders of Afghanistan with Iran and Turkmenistan, that is to say “approximately 90% of the borders” of the country.

“Afghanistan's borders with Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Iran - about 90% of the borders are under our control… The border with Turkmenistan and the border with Iran are completely under our control. Pakistan's borders (except for a few small sections) are also under our control. "

American and NATO troops have started to withdraw gradually from the country since May 1, without their support the government forces are struggling to stop the Taliban offensive.

Change of tactics for the Afghan government

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A "politically perilous" strategy since it "will inevitably cede territory to the Taliban insurgents", however, the Afghan and American officials interviewed believe that this is "a military necessity while the overloaded Afghan troops are trying to prevent the loss of provincial capitals, which could deeply fracture the country ”.

Bad news for Christians

The revival of the insurgents is bad news for Christians who fear the return of the repressive Taliban regime against them. In this country where the church is exclusively underground, the organization Open doors reports that it is "impossible to live openly as a Christian". Worried about their future, the Afghan Christians had launched a call to prayer relayed by International Christian Concern July 1st.

Camille Westphal Perrier

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