The Taliban terrorist group has captured Islam Qala, a strategic border town connecting Afghanistan and Iran, the BBC reported on Friday.
Islam Qala is “under our complete control,” Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said on July 9, as quoted by Britain’s television. A video clip circulating on social media on Friday appeared to show a pair of Taliban terrorists remove an Afghan national flag in a Qala Islam building.
Iranian media have shared this video widely and show that Taliban fighters are lowering the Afghan flag at the crossing of Islam’s Qala border. pic.twitter.com/2s1SBeOoTq
– Kian Sharifi (@KianSharifi) July 9, 2021
Islam Qala is located in the western province of Herat in Afghanistan. Crossing the city border “is one of the largest trading ports in Iran, generating an estimated $ 20 ″ [million] (£ 14 million) in government revenue each month, ”the BBC said.
Two former security officials in the Afghan government told Reuters anonymously on July 8, “Islam Qala border crossed with Iran … fell into the Taliban and Afghan security and customs officials fled the border.”
Afghan government soldiers entered Iranian territory across Islam Qala’s border to “save the Taliban,” Iran’s official news service in Arabic, Al Alalam TV, reported Thursday.
The Taliban terrorists “occupied five districts of Herat without a fight,” another Afghan government security official told Reuters on July 8.
Tariq Arian, a spokesman for the Afghan interior minister, denied that the Taliban captured Islam Qala on July 8th.
“All Afghan security forces, including border units, are present in the area [of Islam Qala], and work is underway to reclaim the site, “Arian told Agence France-Presse on Friday.
Taliban terrorists recently captured “a key district in Herat province, home to tens of thousands of Shiite minorities,” local Afghan government officials said. told Reuters on July 9. Although the news agency did not disclose the name of the captured Hazara district, the American public television NPR made an announcement in 2007. The profile of a then-emerging community called Rawzi that Afghan Shiites built near the provincial capital Herat. , also called Herat, “about two hours from the border with Iran.”
“During the decades of fighting in Afghanistan, Shiite Muslim minorities have been among those who fled to neighboring Iran, where the branches of Islam are the majority. But now some are settling in Afghanistan, not far from the border and Iran, long-term suspected fueling occurred on Tehran’s motives, ”NPR reported at the time.
“The Hazaras, like most Iranians, are Shiite Muslims. Most Afghans are Sunnis,” NPR noted. The Taliban horror group in Afghanistan centered on the jihadist ideology rooted in Sunni Islam.
The Taliban have reportedly held 85 percent of Afghan territory in recent weeks, while the United States, along with allied members of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), has led a total withdrawal of troops from in the country. The U.S. has drawn more than 90 percent of its military personnel from Afghanistan and says it will complete the exit in September. The United States and NATO end a nearly 20-year joint military operation in Afghanistan that began in 2001 with the expulsion of the Taliban from the Afghan government.