More than a thousand Afghan soldiers fled to Tajikistan
According to officials, around 1,000 Afghan soldiers have fled to neighboring Tajikistan following clashes with Taliban terrorists.
According to the BBC, the troops crossed the border to “save their own lives” citing a statement from Tajikistan’s border guard.
In recent weeks, violence has increased in Afghanistan, and the Taliban have made considerable gains, notably in the country’s north.
The surge comes as the United States, the United Kingdom, and their allies begin to remove their forces after two decades.
The overwhelming bulk of foreign forces remaining in Afghanistan have departed ahead of a September deadline.
There are fears that the Afghan military, which was supposed to take control of the country’s security, could implode.
The US and its NATO allies agreed to remove all troops in exchange for the militants’ vow to not allow any extremist group to operate in the areas they control.
However, the Taliban refused to cease fighting Afghan forces and now control almost a third of the country, according to the report.
This is the third time in three days that Afghan soldiers have escaped to Tajikistan, and the fifth time in the last two weeks. Nearly 1,600 soldiers had crossed the border in all.
Tajikistan’s National Security Committee said the newest set of Afghan forces sought refuge early Monday morning following a night of battle with insurgents.