Security source on the condition of anonymity told Radio Free that Turkmenistan is sending reinforcement to its border guards which include jet planes and choppers.

The reinforcement is planned to be deployed from a military base to Mary city of Turkmenistan which is main crossing point between Afghanistan and Turkmenistan.

Media in Turkmenistan have previously confirmed the move and added that the forces in the capital Ashkabad were ordered to be prepared for deployment on to border with Afghanistan.

Turkmenistan is now second neighboring country in the north of Afghanistan after Tajikistan who is tightening its muscles to secure its borders with Afghanistan after security deteriorated in the northern provinces of the war-battered country.

Meanwhile, Afghan government along with the Taliban has assured countries in the region not to be subject to any threat from Afghanistan.

Afghan government has said they are aware of the threat to regional countries and have the ability to address the threat but has asked the countries to support Afghanistan in suppressing terrorism.

The move for deployment comes at a time when a Taliban delegation led by Shir Muhammad Abbas Stanikzai is visiting Turkmenistan on an official invitation.

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  • Najibullah Lalzoy is a journalist and editor at Khaama Press. He has a BA degree in journalism.