Taliban insurgents seize 4 districts in Afghanistan

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As Afghan forces recaptured the city of Kunduz from the Taliban, militants seized four other districts across several other of the country’s provinces and are now heading towards the border with Tajikistan, according to reports in local media.

The militants overran Tala wa Barfak and Qala Zal districts in northern Afghanistan, adjacent to the Tajikistan border as well as the Khwaja Ghar district north-west of the capital Kabul, Afghani news agency Pajhwok reported, citing officials.

The Tala wa Barfak district was captured by 11:00pm local time on Wednesday with security forces retreating to the neighboring Samangan province. “Taliban had blocked the roads…” the local militia commander, Khairullah, told Pajhwok adding that the militants controlled the district center forcing Afghan military and civil servants out of the region.

The Taliban confirmed the seizure of the Tala wa Barfak district. The group’s spokesman, Zabihullah Mujahid, claimed that the militants captured five…

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