aliban fighters have seized control of a key district in western Afghanistan that includes an important border crossing with Iran, Afghan security officials said, as the armed group continues its rapid military advances around the country.
A government official said efforts were under way to recapture Islam Qala — the main conduit for trade between Afghanistan and Iran — as the insurgents continue to make sweeping gains across the country.
“All Afghan security forces including the border units are present in the area, and efforts are under way to recapture the site,” interior ministry spokesman Tareq Arian told AFP.
Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said the crossing was “under our full control”.
Hours earlier, Biden said the US military mission will end on August 31 — nearly 20 years after it began — having “achieved” its goals.
But he also admitted that it was “highly unlikely” Kabul would be able to control the entire country.