According to reports, after Taliban militants advanced in northern Afghanistan, more than 1,000 Afghan security personnel were forced to retreat to Tajikistan over the weekend.
At the time of the escalation, the United States has been withdrawing troops from Afghanistan. After the terrorist attack on September 11, the United States has been fighting in Afghanistan for nearly two decades.
“The Taliban cut all roads and these people have nowhere to go and can only cross the border,” a senior Afghan official told Reuters on Monday.
Late last week, the United States withdrew from its largest air base in Afghanistan, Bagram Air Force Base—a move toward the complete withdrawal of all foreign troops. NATO The troops have also been withdrawn, and this process is expected to be completed before the United States completes its withdrawal from Afghanistan.
Despite the withdrawal, about 650 US troops will remain in the country to guard the US embassy in Kabul and help protect the Kabul International Airport.
Afghanistan-based TOLOnews reported on Sunday that nine areas of the country were occupied by the Taliban in just 24 hours.
“Our actions in the past 24 hours have been in Laghman, the Nigerab district in Kabisa, Sinwari in Parwan, and Ghazni-where we caused casualties to the enemy,” the special forces Commander Major General Shibatura Arizai told TOLO.
Despite recent conflicts and retreats, Reuters reported that Afghan President Ashraf Ghani insisted that the country’s security forces are fully capable of handling conflicts.
America president Joe Biden This year, on the 20th anniversary of the terrorist attack on September 11, 2001, the Afghan government has begun to withdraw its troops from Afghanistan.
“Our military may leave, but support for Afghanistan is not over,” Biden said in a public speech at the White House two weeks ago.
Biden has long advocated withdrawal from the United States’ longest-running war because the United States sought Osama bin Laden and other al-Qaeda figures related to the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
Biden’s predecessor, Donald Trump, Reached an agreement with the Taliban last year to withdraw all U.S. troops before May 1, but Biden’s team has stated for weeks that it will take longer before the September 11 target date is announced.
However, the United States is expected to complete its withdrawal before the deadline.
General Austin Scott Miller, the top US general in Afghanistan, will stay in the country and oversee the complete transfer of command to the Afghan army.
“Our mission in Afghanistan continues,” Pentagon Spokesperson John F. Kirby told reporters on Friday. “We continue to draw down in a safe and orderly manner in accordance with the President’s guidance on the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan by the end of August.”
As part of negotiations with the Trump administration, the Taliban stopped its attacks on the US military, but it continued to file claims against the new territory and attack the Afghan government and security facilities.
TOLO reported that a group of 20 Taliban militants attacked a border police outpost on Saturday-one day after the organization withdrew. American armies From Bagram Airport.