Taliban says a whole bunch of fighters heading to take Panjshir Valley

The Taliban has stated “hundreds” of its fighters had been heading to the Panjshir Valley, one of many few elements of Afghanistan not but managed by the group.

Since the Taliban overran Afghanistan, glints of resistance have begun to emerge with some ex-government troops gathering within the Panjshir, north of Kabul, lengthy often called an anti-Taliban bastion.

“Hundreds of Mujahideen of the Islamic Emirate are heading towards the state of Panjshir to control it, after local state officials refused to hand it over peacefully,” the group wrote on its Arabic Twitter account on Sunday.

Meanwhile, Ahmad Massoud, whose forces management the final main anti-Taliban holdout, stated on Sunday he hoped to carry talks peacefully with the group that seized energy in Kabul per week in the past however that his forces had been able to combat.

“We want to make the Taliban realise that the only way forward is through negotiation,” he instructed Reuters information company by phone from his stronghold within the Panjshir Valley, the place he has gathered forces made up of remnants of standard military items and particular forces in addition to native militia fighters.

“We do not want a war to break out.”

Massoud, son of Ahmad Shah Massoud, one of many predominant leaders of Afghanistan’s anti-Soviet resistance within the 1980s, stated his supporters had been able to combat if Taliban forces tried to invade the valley.

“They want to defend, they want to fight, they want to resist against any totalitarian regime.”

Ahmad Massoud, son of Afghanistan’s slain anti-Soviet resistance hero Ahmad Shah Massoud [File: Mohammad Ismail/Reuters]

However, there was some uncertainty about whether or not the operation by Taliban forces had begun. A Taliban official instructed Reuters information company that an offensive had been launched on Panjshir. But an aide to Massoud stated there have been no indicators that the column had truly entered the slender move into the valley and there had been no stories of combating.

A brief video confirmed a column of captured vans with the white Taliban flag however nonetheless bearing their authorities markings shifting alongside a freeway.

In the one confirmed combating for the reason that fall of Kabul on August 15, anti-Taliban forces took again three districts within the northern province of Baghlan, bordering Panjshir, final week.

However, Massoud stated he had not organised the operation which he stated had been carried out by native militia teams reacting to “brutality” within the space.

Massoud referred to as for an inclusive, broad-based authorities in Kabul representing all of Afghanistan’s totally different ethnic teams and stated a “totalitarian regime” shouldn’t be recognised by the worldwide group.

Taliban fighters stand guard at a checkpoint within the Wazir Akbar Khan neighbourhood within the metropolis of Kabul, Afghanistan, August 22, 2021 [Rahmat Gul/AP Photo]

Meanwhile, Khalil Ur-Rahman Haqqani, a number one Taliban determine presently answerable for safety for Kabul, has echoed the group’s claims that “all Afghans” ought to really feel secure below their Islamic Emirate, and {that a} “general amnesty” has been granted throughout the nation’s 34 provinces.

Speaking to Al Jazeera on Sunday, Haqqani, whose associates are additionally taking a number one function in establishing safety within the capital, stated the Taliban is working to revive order and security to a nation that has seen greater than 4 many years of struggle.

“If we can defeat superpowers, surely we can provide safety to the Afghan people,” Haqqani, who can be a veteran of the Afghan-Soviet struggle, stated.

But many Afghans are sceptical that Haqqani – a frontrunner of the Haqqani Network, recognized to be probably the most brutal and violent group related to the Taliban and a person labelled a “terrorist” by the United States and the United Nations – will carry peace and safety to Afghanistan.

Victoria Fontan, professor of peace research on the American University of Afghanistan, instructed Al Jazeera she had heard from employees and college students in Kabul who’re apprehensive about searches by the Taliban of their neighbourhoods.

“There have not been any direct threats, but there have been house searches being carried out to figure out who is working for whom and who had links with coalition forces,” she stated, talking from Paris.

“And then people are placed on a list and they are afraid that when the eyes of the international community are elsewhere, there is going to be the beginning of a massive wave of repercussions against those people.”

Chaos, deaths at Kabul airport

Meanwhile, 1000’s of individuals continued to mass at Kabul airport on Sunday, desperately hoping to flee the Taliban rule.

The Taliban fired within the air and used batons to pressure individuals to type orderly queues outdoors Kabul airport, witnesses stated, a day after the British military stated seven individuals had been killed in a crush on the gates.

On Sunday, there have been no severe accidents as gunmen beat again the crowds, based on witnesses, and Washington stated it was now in a position to get massive numbers of Americans into the airport.

A NATO official stated at the very least 20 individuals have died up to now seven days in and across the airport. Some had been shot and others died in stampedes, witnesses have stated.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson referred to as a digital assembly of leaders of the G7 rich nations for Tuesday to “ensure safe evacuations, prevent a humanitarian crisis and support the Afghan people”.

US Air Force safety forces raven maintains a safety cordon at Hamid Karzai International Airport [Taylor Crul/US Air Force/AFP]

US business airways to help with evacuations

The US on Sunday ordered six business airways to assist transport individuals after their evacuation from Afghanistan.

The Pentagon stated it referred to as up 18 business plane from United Airlines, American Airlines, Delta Air and others to hold evacuees from non permanent places, which embody a dozen nations throughout Europe, the Middle East and Central Asia.

Army Major General William Taylor stated up to now week the US has evacuated 17,000 individuals, together with 2,500 Americans, from Kabul.

Britain’s ambassador to Afghanistan stated British authorities had managed to evacuate greater than 5,000 individuals.

In an announcement on Twitter, Laurie Bristow stated the “huge effort” to move evacuees out of Afghanistan is “gathering pace” however that there’s nonetheless “a huge amount of work to do”.

Australia ran 4 flights into Kabul on Saturday, evacuating greater than 300 individuals, Prime Minister Scott Morrison stated.

The Netherlands stated it could improve its navy presence in Afghanistan to assist evacuation efforts.


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