Kabul activates anti-missile system as Taliban gains control in Afghanistan
13:50, 12 July 2021
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Kabul has activated an air-defense anti-missile system to repel missiles fired at the capital by the Taliban movement, which secures control in Afghanistan following US-NATO military withdrawal.
"The newly installed air defense system in Kabul is scheduled to be operational at 9:30 pm today. Residents of Kabul and surrounding areas are advised not to worry about the noise," Interior Ministry spokesman Tariq Arian tweeted.
"This is the most advanced system in repelling rockets and missiles, based on experience."
The anti-missile system was installed in Kabul on Saturday. He said Afghan security and defense forces are ready to protect residents and their territory.
Taliban fighters have surrounded the city of Ghazni in central Afghanistan, taking over civilians' homes to fight security forces. Clashes between the militant group and the official government military personnel are also continuing in the southern province of Kandahar.
According to a recent estimate by Afghan security agencies, more than 7,000 LeT fighters are believed to be present alongside the Taliban in southern Afghanistan.
Taliban officials said that the militia group had taken control of 85% of Afghan territory, seizing possession over two-thirds of the Afghan-Tajik border. Recently, they have got under control Islam Qala port, Afghanistan’s biggest trade crossing with Iran. The movement plans to present a written peace plan for Afghanistan’s political crisis next month.
US troops have left the country almost entirely after 20 years. Roughly 650 American troops were expected to remain in the country to provide security for diplomats after the complete withdrawal, rescheduled to August 31, as the original deadline was September 11.