347 Afghan ethnic Kyrgyz fled to Tajikistan from Afghanistan over the past two days, fleeing from an armed group of the Taliban movement (banned in the Russian Federation). This is stated in a message on Wednesday, July 14, at website press center of the border troops of Tajikistan.
According to him, there are 91 men, 77 women, 64 boys, 113 girls among the refugees. The Kyrgyz fled from the village of Andemin, Vakhon district, Badakhshan province. They crossed the border in the Gorno-Badakhshan Autonomous Region.
Two babies died while crossing the border. “The Tajik border guards, guided by the principle of humanism and good neighborliness, allowed Afghan refugees to enter the territory of the Republic of Tajikistan,” the message says.
At present, the situation in Afghanistan is aggravated against the background of the withdrawal of the US military contingent from the country. Members of the Taliban were able to capture several settlements, including on the border with Tajikistan.
On July 9, media reported that militants took control of checkpoints on the borders of Afghanistan with Iran and Turkmenistan. In particular, it was reported about the seizure of customs in the cities of Islam-Kala and Torgundi.
Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova pointed out that Moscow notes a sharp increase in tension on the Afghan-Tajik border, two-thirds of which were taken under the control of the Taliban. She spoke about the cases of the Afghan security forces moving to Tajik territory.
On July 9, media reported that Taliban fighters took control of checkpoints on the borders of Afghanistan with Iran and Turkmenistan. On the same day, Russia called on the United States to take a responsible approach in the issue of the withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan and stressed the importance of this process not affecting the security sphere in the Afghan space.
In April, US President Joe Biden said that a United States military presence would not help build a sustainable government in Afghanistan. Afghan President Ashraf Ghani said the country supports the US decision to withdraw its troops. He also noted that the Afghan security and defense forces are capable of “fully protecting their people and country.”
The US military has been in Afghanistan since 2001; they were brought into the country under George W. Bush. The withdrawal of troops began in early May; it is planned to complete it by the end of August.