Tajikistan: Taliban Advances But Dushanbe Sanguine
Reports that the Taliban have captured the Zebak district Afghanistan’s Badakhshan province, under 40 kilometers from the Tajik town of Ishkashim, is eliciting no evident alarm in Dushanbe.
By some accounts, government troops have been forced to retreat back to the Afghan town of Ishkashim, which lies just across the Panj River from its Tajik namesake. Recent Taliban conquests have also taken other Badakhshani districts Yamgan and Warduj.
Residents in the Tajik Ishkashim have told EurasiaNet.org that sound of combat can even be heard from their town.
The head of the Ishkashim district, Zikruhudo Samadov, told EurasiaNet.org that he is receiving daily updates about events in neighboring Afghanistan.
“Today we received a report about how fresh Afghan troops have been dispatched to Zebak to try and win back the territory. Fresh troops have also been dispatched to our border and so it is under control. We have no reports of incursions into our territory,” Samadov said.
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