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Dostum instructs soldiers to fight Taliban ‘tooth and nail’

By: The Kabul Times

KABUL: As the conflict in Afghanistan deepens, the country’s former Vice President Marshal Abdul Rashid Dostum on Sunday urged his soldiers and supporters to fight the Taliban fiercely and stop them from taking over more territory.

Enayatullah Babar Farahmand, deputy chief of the Afghan High Council of National Reconciliation, said in a tweet that Dostum had told his supporters and fighters in a telephone call to stand up against the Taliban by all means possible.

“After his treatment and improvement of his health condition in Turkey, Marshal Dostum instructed all his soldiers and followers by phone to defend the country against the Taliban and fight tooth and nail,” he said, adding that Dostum would return to the battlefield soon.

This comes in the middle of a surge of violence in the country with frequent clashes between the Taliban and Afghan security forces amid US troop withdrawal.

In a desperate situation, hundreds of Afghan civilians have taken up arms in an attempt to fight the terrorist group. The Taliban has warned those who have taken up arms and said that they will not be forgiven.

 

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