Taliban say Panjshir Valley “utterly conquered”: experiences | World information
The Panjshir war escalated on Friday evening, and the National Resistance Front announced that two of its high-ranking leaders had been killed in fighting with the Taliban.
From hindustantimes.com | Written by Meenakshi Ray, New Delhi
PUBLISHED SEPTEMBER 06, 2021 10:12 AM
The Taliban said on Monday that the group had “completely conquered” Panjshir, the last stronghold in Afghanistan against the hard-line Islamist group, after days of fighting with the resistance group in the valley near Kabul. “With this victory, our country is completely out of the swamp of war,” Taliban chief spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said in a statement, AFP reported.
The war over Panjshir province escalated Friday evening and the National Resistance Front said two of its high-ranking leaders – Fahim Dashti, the front spokesman, and General Abdul Wudod Zara – were killed during the fighting with the Taliban. General Wudod was the nephew of Panjshir resistance leader Ahmad Massoud. Amrullah Saleh, the incumbent president of Afghanistan, has reportedly taken himself to a safe place after a helicopter attack on his home.
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“Unfortunately, today the Afghan National Resistance has lost two companions in the sacred resistance to oppression and aggression. Mr. Fahim Dashty, NRF spokesman, and General Abdul Wudod Zara were martyred. May their memory be forever, ”the Afghan resistance front was quoted as saying by the Samaa News.
Taliban members were seen outside the gate of the Panjshir Provincial Governor’s compound in photos shared on social media. Ahmad Massoud, the leader of the resistance forces in Panjshir, has not yet commented on the Taliban’s allegations.
Ahmad Massoud said on Sunday that they were ready to stop fighting and start negotiations should the Taliban leave the province.
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