September 18, 2021

Afghan resistance fighters fight the Taliban in Panjshir.

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Anti-Taliban resistance fighters loyal to local leader Ahmed Masood have claimed full control of their stronghold in the Pindashir Valley after clashes with the Taliban on Thursday, more than two weeks after Islamist militias stormed Kabul. I took possession. But the Taliban claimed that they had suffered heavy casualties in the war.

Spokesman for the National Resistance Front (NRF), which includes anti-Taliban militia fighters and former افغان۔ Security forces say the movement has full control of all routes and entrances to the Panjshir Valley and has retreated. Taliban Attempts to take the district shootout

“The enemy made several attempts to enter Shatul from Jabal Siraj and failed each time,” he said, referring to a town in neighboring Parwan province.

Surrounded by towering snow-capped mountains, the Panjshir Valley, which begins 80km (50 miles) north of the capital Kabul, is a stronghold of resistance after the Taliban entered Kabul on August 15 and seized power.

But the Taliban also said it had inflicted heavy casualties on the NRF.

“We launched the operation after talks with a local armed group failed,” Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said Thursday.

Since August 15, thousands of local militia fighters and the remains of the government’s armed forces have gathered in Panjshir, led by Masood, the son of Afghan militia hero Ahmad Shah Massoud.

Efforts to negotiate a compromise seem to be falling apart, with each side blaming the other for the failure.

Anti-Taliban leader Masood wants to talk but is ready to fight.


(France 24 with AFP and Reuters)

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