Over 1000 Afghan security personnel were reportedly forced to retreat into Tajikistan over the weekend after Taliban fighters advanced in Northern Afghanistan.
The escalation comes as the United States has been drawing down troops from Afghanistan, where the U.S. has been fighting for nearly two decades following the September 11 terrorist attacks.
“The Taliban cut off all the roads and these people had nowhere to go but to cross the border,” a senior Afghan official told Reuters on Monday.
The United States vacated Bagram Airfield, its biggest airbase in Afghanistan, late last week—a move toward the complete withdrawal of all foreign forces. NATO also has withdrawn forces, and is expected to complete the process before the U.S. has completely left Afghanistan. (Read more from “Over 1,000 Afghan Troops Flee Taliban As U.S. Embarks On Final Withdrawal” HERE)