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Taliban capture key Afghan border crossing with Pakistan: Spokesman

Taliban capture key Afghan border crossing with Pakistan: Spokesman

Afghan security personnel stand guard along a road amid ongoing fighting between Afghan security forces and Taliban fighters in Kandahar. (File photo: AFP/Javed Tanveer)

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan: The Taliban said on Wednesday (Jul 14) that they had captured the strategic border crossing of Spin Boldak along the frontier with Pakistan, continuing sweeping gains made since foreign forces stepped up their withdrawal.

"The (Taliban) Mujahideen have captured an important border town called Wesh in Kandahar," Taliban spokesman, Zabihullah Mujahid, said in a statement.

"With this, the important road between (Spin) Boldak and Chaman and Kandahar customs have come under Mujahideen control."

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A Pakistan security source confirmed that the insurgents had taken control of the crossing. The Afghan defence ministry said it was checking developments.

"The Taliban has taken control of the Afghan side of the Chaman-Spin Boldak border crossing," the Pakistani security source told AFP on condition of anonymity.

"They have raised their flag and removed the Afghan flag."

The Taliban have launched a widespread offensive across the countryside since early May when United States-led foreign forces began their final withdrawal of troops.

Since then, the insurgents have captured at least three other crossings along the borders with Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Iran.

Source: AFP/kg

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