Taliban Militants Claim to Have Gained Control Over Capital of Takhar Province in Afghanistan
16:44 GMT 08.08.2021 (Updated: 08:53 GMT 09.08.2021)
© AP Photo / Tariq AchakzaiSupporters of the Taliban carry the Taliban's signature white flags in the Afghan-Pakistan border town of Chaman, Pakistan, Wednesday, July 14, 2021
© AP Photo / Tariq Achakzai
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - The Taliban militants have seized the city of Taleqan, the centre of the northeastern Afghan province of Takhar, the spokesman of the movement stated on Sunday.
Zabihullah Mujahid said on Twitter that the Islamist movement captured the capital of Takhar and gained control over all the vital buildings.
The Afghan TOLOnews broadcaster, in turn, reported that key districts of Taleqan were under the control of the Taliban, citing sources.
8 August 2021, 10:51 GMT
Earlier in the day, the movement said they fully took over the Kunduz and Sar-e Pol provinces in northern Afghanistan, which the Afghan government denied.
The standoff between the Afghan government and the Taliban has flared up amid the pullout of the international forces from the war-torn country. The Taliban have radically ramped up their territorial advances recently, which causes concern by the international community.
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