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Taliban seizes control of Afghanistan’s Bagram airbase

The Taliban radical militant group (outlawed in Russia) seized control of the Bagram airbase in the Parwan province located northwest of Kabul, media reports said on Sunday.

As the Al Arabia TV Channel reported, the Taliban also seized the Bagram prison where about 5,000 convicts are being held.

The Bagram airbase was used by the Soviet troops during their military campaign in Afghanistan (1979-1989). The Bagram airbase had been used by the US troops since 2001 after their their invasion in the country

The Taliban announced earlier on Sunday it was controlling the entire territory of Afghanistan.

The Taliban launched an offensive on Kabul from all directions on Sunday morning. Acting Afghan Interior Minister Abdul Sattar Mirzakwal announced in a live broadcast of the Tolo News TV Channel that "the handover of power will be peaceful." Former Interior Minister Ali Ahmad Jalali has assumed the responsibilities of the head of the transitional government in the country, Al Arabiya reported.

[Source: Tass, Moscow, 15Aug21]

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