Militia chief Atta escapes with Dostum


Atta Mohammad Noor, former governor of the northern Afghan province of Balkh who had been commanding local militia forces when the capital Mazar-i-Sharif fell to the Taliban confirmed he was safe and blamed the fall of the city on a “conspiracy”. Taliban forces entered Mazar-i-Sharif virtually unopposed on Saturday as

security forces escaped up the highway to neighbouring Uzbekistan, provincial officials said.
Atta Noor, once one of the most powerful political figures in Afghanistan said in a post on Facebook that both he and fellow regional strongman Marshal Abul Rashid Dostum had escaped.

“Unfortunately, as result of a large, organized and cowardly conspiracy, all government facilities and government forces were handed over to the Taliban,” he wrote.

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