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More than 1,000 Afghan troops flee Taliban into Tajikistan

More than 1,000 Afghan troops fled into neighbouring Tajikistan in the early hours of Monday after clashes with the Taliban, the Central Asian country’s national security committee said. Taliban militants have launched several major offensives in northern Afghanistan in recent weeks as US and international troops withdraw from the country, including seizing its main crossing …

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US locks down embassy in Afghanistan amid Covid-19 surge

The US embassy in Afghanistan has ordered a near-complete lockdown because of a massive spike in coronavirus cases among employees. The embassy in Kabul on Thursday ordered remaining staffers into virtual isolation to prevent the spread of Covid-19, which has already killed at least one person, sent 114 into quarantine and forced several people to …

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