The Russian and Tajikistan forces have launched joint military exercises close to the border with Afghanistan amid growing instability in the key northern provinces of Afghanistan.

The Ministry of Defense of Tajikistan has confirmed that the joint exercises have been launched to prepare the armed forces to respond to possible threats from the Taliban and other militants in Afghanistan.

According to reports, at least ten thousand Tajikistani forces have participated in the joint military exercises.

Around 400 Russian troops have also taken part in the military exercises with the Tajikistani officials saying at least 80 military vehicles will also be used.

This comes as the growing instability in the northern provinces of Afghanistan has sparked concerns among the officials of Central Asian countries having borders with Afghanistan.

The Taliban militants as well as the terrorists affiliated with the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria Khurasan (ISIS-K) are actively operating in some of the northern provinces of Afghanistan.