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Taliban Takes District on Turkmen Border

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The Taliban has overrun Afghanistan’s Khamyab District and is now Turkmenistan’s immediate neighbor.
 
Turkmenistan’s border runs along the western, northwestern, and northeastern sides of Khamyab. Turkmenistan’s border guards and security forces have been building walls, digging ditches, and establishing new border posts across the border from Khamyab since early October.
 
RFE/RL’s Turkmen Service, known locally as Azatlyk, spoke with Fakir Muhammad Jowzjani, the chief of police for Jowzjan Province where the Khamyab District is located.
 
Jowzjani said, “Our soldiers went there to take on the Taliban in Khamyab. There was fighting against the Taliban, but our forces were compelled to withdraw. When the soldiers were returning to [the provincial capital] Sheberghan, they came across the Taliban, who were waiting for them, and the soldiers came under attack again.”
 
Jowzjani said the district counterterrorism chief and two other soldiers were killed in the ambush.
 

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Taliban Takes District on Turkmen Border

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