The Taliban on Wednesday announced that they had seized control of the Wesh international border crossing with Pakistan.
"The [Taliban] Mujahideen have captured an important border town called Wesh in Kandahar. With this, the important road between [Spin] Boldak and Chaman and Kandahar customs have come under Mujahideen control", Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid, said.
In the meantime, AFP has reported, citing a Pakistani security source, that the Taliban flag was raised at the crossing.
"The Taliban has taken control of the Afghan side of the Chaman-Spin Boldak border crossing", the source claimed. "They have raised their flag and removed the Afghan flag".
Addressing the news, the Afghan government said that its forces have repelled the militants from the border.
The Taliban is believed to be advancing in various parts of the country as the US military and their allies are leaving the nation. Per several reports, up to 80% of Afghan territory has fallen under the Taliban's control.
US President Joe Biden stated that the American forces had achieved their goals, noting that the troops will officially finish withdrawing from their mission by 31 August. He added that only the Afghans themselves can decide the future of their country.
The deal, reached by Washington under the previous administration and the movement stipulates that the Taliban won't allow Afghanistan to become a terrorist safe haven and will continue peace talks with the Afghan government.
Yet, Kabul has noted a lack of progress in negotiations, while Commanding General Austin Miller warned that a civil war might erupt after NATO forces are withdrawn from Afghanistan.
*The Taliban is a terrorist organisation banned in Russia