Taliban near Panjshir after retaking three northern Afghan districts

The Taliban had been in place near the Panjshir valley and had retaken three districts in northern Afghanistan that fell to native militia teams final week, a spokesman stated on Monday, although there have been no confirmed stories of additional preventing.

The districts of Bano, Deh Saleh, Pul e-Hesar within the northern province of Baghlan had been taken by native militia teams final week in one of many first indicators of armed resistance to the Taliban since their seizure of the capital Kabul on Aug. 15.

By Monday, Taliban forces had cleared the districts and had been established in Badakhshan, Takhar and Andarab near the Panjshir valley, in accordance with the Twitter account of spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid.

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Forces loyal to Ahmad Massoud, son of the late mujahideen commander Ahmad Shah Massoud, have established themselves in his Panjshir stronghold, which resisted each the Soviets and the Taliban earlier than 2001.

Massoud, whose forces embrace remnants of standard military and particular forces items, has known as for negotiations to kind an inclusive authorities for Afghanistan however has promised to withstand if Taliban forces attempt to enter the valley, north of Kabul.

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Late on Sunday, the Taliban’s Alemarah data service stated lots of of fighters had been heading in the direction of Panjshir. There has been no affirmation of any preventing, however an aide to Massoud stated each side had been standing prepared for army motion.

Zabihullah Mujahid stated the Salang Pass, on the principle freeway working from southern Afghanistan to the north, was open and enemy forces had been blockaded within the Panjshir valley. But his assertion urged there was no preventing for the second.

“The Islamic Emirate is trying to resolve the problems peacefully,” Zabihullah stated.

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