Taliban claim of controlling 90% of Afghan border is 'absolute lie': govt

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Govt forces successful power of country's borders and each 'main cities and highways', says spokesperson

armed men be  a gathering to denote  their enactment    for afghan information    forces and that they are acceptable   to combat  against the taliban connected  the outskirts of kabul afghanistan june 23 2021 photograph  reuters file

Armed men be a gathering to denote their enactment for Afghan information forces and that they are acceptable to combat against the Taliban, connected the outskirts of Kabul, Afghanistan June 23, 2021. PHOTO: REUTERS/FILE


The Taliban's assertion to clasp 90 per cent of Afghanistan's borders is an "absolute lie", the defence ministry said Friday, insisting authorities forces were successful power of the country's frontiers.

"It is baseless propaganda," lawman spokesperson of the Ministry of Defence Fawad Aman told AFP, a time aft the insurgents made the claim, which was not imaginable to independently verify.

The Taliban's assertion connected Thursday came aft the radical captured cardinal borderline crossings with Iran, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Pakistan successful caller weeks successful a staggering violative launched arsenic US-led overseas forces began their last unit withdrawal from Afghanistan.

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On Friday, Aman insisted authorities forces were successful power of the country's borders and each "main cities and highways".

And adjacent arsenic large-scale warring decreased during this week's Eidul Azha holiday, the interior ministry accused the Taliban of sidesplitting astir 100 civilians successful the municipality of Spin Boldak on the borderline with Pakistan since seizing the crossing past week.

"Afghan information forces volition soon instrumentality revenge connected these chaotic terrorists," interior ministry spokesperson Mirwais Stanekzai said connected Twitter.

"The Taliban whenever they get power (of territory), the archetypal happening they bash is destruct nationalist facilities oregon nationalist infrastructure, harass radical and forcefully displace families," Aman told AFP.

"It happened successful Spin Boldak too."

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With the withdrawal of American-led overseas forces each but complete, the resurgent Taliban present controls astir fractional of Afghanistan's astir 400 districts.

Earlier this week, the president of the US associated chiefs of unit General Mark Milley said the Taliban look to person "strategic momentum" connected the battlefield.

With the militants putting unit connected astir fractional of the country's provincial capitals, Afghan troops are successful the process of "consolidating their forces" to support those large municipality centres, Milley added.

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