Afghan forces who fled into Tajikistan being brought back

This comes after hundreds of Afghan security personnel fled across the Tajik-Afghan frontier in response to Taliban advances in northern Afghanistan, underscoring a rapidly deteriorating situation as foreign troops near a complete withdrawal after 20 years of war and with peace negotiations stalled.

Hamdullah Mohib said that around 2,300 personnel who had recently left the country had rejoined the Afghan National Defense and Security Force (ANDSF).

"People are standing, it's war, there is pressure," he added.

Taliban has made rapid territorial gains in recent days in Badakhshan, which borders Tajikistan.

They took over 26 of the province's 28 districts, according to a local parliamentarian. Three of them were handed over without a fight.

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