Taliban accuse Tajikistan of interfering in Afghanistan's internal affairs
Tajikistan is interfering in the internal affairs of Afghanistan, the acting deputy head of the Afghan government formed by the Taliban movement (outlawed in Russia), Abdul Ghani Baradar, said.
"Tajikistan interferes in our affairs, for every action there is a reaction," Baradar said on Sunday in an interview with al Jazeera TV channel.
A day earlier, Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said on Twitter that the movement had sent thousands of fighters to the Afghan province of Takhar, which borders Tajikistan. According to Mujahid, this was needed to counter security threats.
The Taliban began ramping up their offensive in the spring when foreign troops started their withdrawal from Afghanistan. On August 15, as foreign forces were still in the process of departing, the Taliban entered Kabul. By August 31, the U.S. troops left the country, ending the nearly 20-year mission. Several days later, the Taliban announced the composition of its interim government.