- The Panjshir Valley is the ultimate holdout in opposition to Taliban management in Afghanistan.
- Heavy combating has been happening within the area between resistance fighters and the Taliban.
- The Taliban declare to have seized management of the valley, however resistance forces say they haven’t been defeated.
Taliban sources declare they’ve seized the Panjshir Valley, the final a part of Afghanistan not underneath their management, whereas resistance forces deny the claims, studies say.
Heavy combating has been happening within the mountainous area in north-central Afghanistan as resistance fighters battle the Taliban.
Taliban sources instructed Reuters that that they had defeated the “troublemakers” and had been now in command of the whole lot of the nation.
One of many resistance leaders, Amrullah Saleh, the nation’s former vice-president, launched a video denying claims that the resistance motion had been defeated and that he had fled.
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“There is no such thing as a doubt we’re in a troublesome scenario. We’re underneath invasion by the Taliban,” Saleh mentioned within the video. “We’ve got held the bottom, we’ve resisted.”
“We won’t give up, we’re standing for Afghanistan,” he mentioned.
After the Taliban took management of Afghanistan a number of weeks in the past, the valley has grow to be the middle of a resistance motion led by native tribal chief Ahmad Massoud, who’s the son of a famend mujahideen chief, and the previous vice-president.
Panjshir Valley has lengthy been a middle of resistance in Afghanistan. The valley defied Taliban rule within the Nineteen Nineties and held out through the Soviet Union’s occupation.
Its rocky terrain and pure mountainous defenses have traditionally made it troublesome to overcome.
Fighters from the outdated authorities’s forces and regional militias, often called the Nationwide Resistance Entrance (NRF), have gathered within the valley in a last-ditch stand in opposition to the Taliban. A whole lot are reported to have died in clashes.
Different fighters equally refuted claims that the rebels had been defeated.
Ali Nazari, a spokesperson for the NRF fighters instructed BBC World Information that that they had efficiently fought off the Taliban.
“There are properly over a number of hundred Taliban who’re trapped. And they’re working out of munitions and they’re negotiating phrases of give up proper now,” he instructed the outlet.
In the meantime, Reuters reported that three Taliban spokespeople claimed victory within the valley.
“By the grace of Allah Almighty, we’re in command of your complete Afghanistan. The troublemakers have been defeated and Panjshir is now underneath our command,” one Taliban commander instructed the outlet.
The claims of both facet couldn’t be independently verified.