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Over 1,000 Afghan soldiers flee Taliban into Tajikistan

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DUSHANBE: More than 1,000 Afghan soldiers fled to neighboring Tajikistan in the early hours of Monday after clashes with the Taliban, the Central Asian country’s national security committee said.
Taliban militants have launched several major offensives in northern Afghanistan in recent weeks when US and international troops withdrew from the country, including taking their main crossing into Tajikistan last month.
On Monday, Tajikistan’s national security committee said 1,037 Afghan government soldiers had fled to the former Soviet country “to save their lives” after clashes with the Taliban overnight.
“Taking into account the principle of good neighborliness and adhering to the position of non-interference in the internal affairs of Afghanistan, military personnel of Afghan government forces were allowed to enter the territory of Tajikistan,” the committee said in a statement distributed by Tajikistan. Khovar state information agency.
He said the Taliban had taken “full control” of six districts in Badakhshan province that borders Tajikistan in northeast Afghanistan.
Several hundred Afghan troops had already crossed into Tajikistan after the Taliban unleashed their attack in early May.
Militants have taken over dozens of districts in Afghanistan, raising fears that the Afghan army will collapse once US and international troops complete their withdrawal from the country in September.
US President Joe Biden ordered all US forces out of Afghanistan before the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks that triggered the invasion.
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