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Afghans Face Tight Restrictions At Border Crossings With Pakistan, Iran

Fear of Taliban rule has caused tens of thousands of Afghans to flee the country. Many had been streaming into Pakistan via Afghanistan's southeast Kandahar Province.

But on September 2, Pakistan's interior minister announced that the border crossing at Chaman would be temporarily closed. RFE/RL's Radio Mashaal correspondent on the scene said some Afghans with IDs showing residence in Spin Boldak or Kandahar districts could still get through.

Prior to the announcement, Pakistan's Chaman crossing had been the only international border station allowing all Afghans to exit with only a state-issued ID.

At the Dowqarun border crossing between Afghanistan and Iran, RFE/RL's Radio Azadi reports that exit for Afghans was limited to only those with visas issued by the Afghan government before it fell on August 15 or those with connections to powerful Afghan leaders.

Here's a look at the situation at the Iranian and Pakistani border crossings in the previous week.

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