Militant group captures Islam Qala hours after Joe Biden defends US military withdrawal

The Taliban said on Friday they had captured a key border crossing with Iran, hours after Joe Biden issued a staunch defence of the US military withdrawal from Afghanistan.

The group has captured more than a third of the country’s 400 districts since the US accelerated its final pullout in early May. The insurgents now hold an arc of territory from the Iranian border to the frontier with China.

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