The Taliban claims to have taken the last outpost of the resistance – Al-Akhbar

Bilal Karimi, a spokesman for the extremist group, which is now fully in power, reported on Friday, after heavy fighting, that the Taliban had brought Panjshir province under their control, which was the last hotbed of resistance by Afghan forces opposing a new Islamic regime. All Western forces occupied the country militarily for 20 years at the cost of a humiliating defeat.

“Panjshir fell under the control of the Islamic Emirate (as the Taliban calls itself),” Karimi wrote on his account. Twitter.

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A source from the Sputnik news agency at the Kabul police headquarters confirmed this information.

The source said, “The province of Panjshir fell, and the fighters captured all the resistance and soldiers, and Amrullah Saleh and Ahmed Masoud fled.”

But Salih, the first vice president of Afghanistan and one of the main political leaders of the armed resistance, confirmed that he did not leave the country and that the resistance movement against the Taliban continues.

“The resistance continues and will continue,” he wrote on Twitter. “I am here in my land for my land and I defend its dignity.”

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The mountainous province of Panjshir is located in northeastern Afghanistan, and is the last bastion of resistance to the Taliban who regained power on August 15.

In parallel, the spokesman for the resistance, Ali Maysam Nazari, reported that they were subjected to new attacks by Taliban forces at night, but he did not confirm that they had lost control of the strategic area northeast of Kabul, the country’s capital.

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Festive shots were heard late Friday in Kabul as rumors spread of the valley’s fall, but the Taliban made no official statement and a local resident told AFP by phone that the rumors were false.

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Fighters of the National Front of Resistance (FNR), made up of anti-Taliban militias and former Afghan security forces, have large reserves of weapons in the Panjshir Valley.

These forces opposed to the fundamentalists are led by Saleh and guerrilla leader Ahmed Masoud, whose father, known as Assad Panjshir, was one of the most important military leaders in the 1980s and 1990s.

On the night of August 30-31, the United States ended its intervention in Afghanistan and the withdrawal of its forces.

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