MOSCOW: Within the backdrop of territorial positive factors, the Taliban claimed on Friday that 85% of Afghanistan’s territory is underneath their management.
At a press convention in Moscow, Taliban negotiator Shahabuddin Delawar mentioned that “85% of Afghanistan’s territory” is underneath the group’s management, together with some 250 of the nation’s 398 districts.
“All administrative bodies and hospitals continue their work on this territory. We ensured their functionality,” he mentioned, calling on worldwide organisations “not to interrupt their missions.”
Delawar mentioned that the US withdrawal was a results of the Taliban bringing Afghanistan’s inhabitants over to its facet underneath the “principle of Islam”.
“The United States was forced to leave our territory,” he mentioned.
He added that there was no settlement with the USA for the Taliban to not assault administrative centres remaining underneath Kabul’s management.
“These are our internal affairs,” Delawar mentioned.
This week greater than 1,000 Afghan troops fled into Tajikistan after a blistering offensive by the Taliban within the north of Afghanistan.
Afghan authorities have vowed to retake all of the districts misplaced to the group and deployed a whole bunch of commandos to counter their offensive within the north.
Moscow is intently watching the offensive, involved concerning the safety of Central Asian nations the place it maintains army bases.
Russian overseas ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova mentioned Friday that the Taliban “currently controls about two-thirds” of Afghanistan’s border with ex-Soviet Tajikistan.
On Thursday, a Taliban delegation in Moscow met with the Kremlin’s envoy for Afghanistan, Zamir Kabulov, whereas the Russian overseas ministry launched an announcement saying that it had acquired assurances Central Asian borders wouldn’t be violated.
US President Joe Biden on Thursday defended his nation’s withdrawal from Afghanistan, although he admitted that it was “highly unlikely” Kabul would have the ability to management your entire nation.