The Taliban on Monday claimed to have taken management of Panjshir province north of Kabul, the final holdout of anti-Taliban forces within the nation. The anti-Taliban resistance, nevertheless, mentioned the valley had not but fallen into the Taliban’s fingers and that its fighters “proceed the battle”.
The Taliban claimed victory on Monday over opposition forces within the Panjshir valley northeast of Kabul, finishing their takeover of the nation following the beautiful seize of Kabul final month and the chaotic withdrawal of international troops.
Footage on social media confirmed Talibanmembers standing in entrance of the gate of the Panjshir provincial governor’s compound after combating over the weekend with the Nationwide Resistance Entrance of Afghanistan (NRFA), led by Panjshiri chief Ahmad Massoud.
“Panjshir province utterly fell to the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan,” the Islamist militant group’s spokesman, Zabihullah Mujahid, mentioned in a tweet on Monday, including that some enemy fighters had been killed in battle and others had fled.
“With this victory and newest efforts our nation has come out of the whirlpool of the conflict and our folks could have a contented life in peace, liberty and freedom in the complete nation.”
The Taliban assured the folks of Panjshir, who’re ethnically distinct from the Pashtun-dominated Taliban and fought towards the Islamists throughout their 1996-2001 rule, that there can be no “discriminatory act towards them”.
“They’re our brothers and would work collectively for a joint objective and welfare of the nation,” Mujahid mentioned.
There was no fast phrase from Massoud, who leads a power made up of remnants of standard Afghan military and particular forces items in addition to native militia fighters.
Ali Maisam Nazary, head of international relations at NRFA, mentioned the Taliban’s declare of victory was false and opposition forces continued to battle.
“The NRF forces are current in all strategic positions throughout the valley to proceed the battle,” he mentioned on his Fb web page.
The Taliban earlier mentioned their forces had made it into the provincial capital, Bazarak, and had captured massive portions of weapons and ammunition.
As combating raged within the valley on Sunday, Massoud mentioned he welcomed proposals from non secular students for a negotiated settlement. A number of makes an attempt at talks had been held after clashes erupted about two weeks in the past however ultimately broke down, with both sides blaming the opposite for his or her failure.
The Taliban seized management of the remainder of Afghanistan three weeks in the past, taking energy in Kabul on Aug. 15 after the Western-backed authorities collapsed and President Ashraf Ghani fled the nation.
Panjshir was the final pocket of armed resistance towards the Taliban. It has a historical past of being tough for enemies to take. The rugged mountain valley remains to be affected by the wreckage of tanks destroyed through the lengthy conflict towards the Soviet Union within the Eighties.
The NRFA mentioned on Sunday its predominant spokesman, Fahim Dashti, had been killed within the combating.
Dashti had survived the suicide assault that killed Massoud’s father, Ahmad Shah Massoud, on Sept. 9, 2001, simply days earlier than the Sept. 11 assaults on the USA.
The Panjshir combating has been probably the most outstanding instance of resistance to the Taliban.
However small, remoted protests for girls’s rights or in defence of the inexperienced, purple and black flag of the vanquished Afghan republic have additionally been held in numerous cities.
The Taliban imposed violent punishments and barred girls and older ladies from college and work when beforehand in energy, however have sought to current a extra reasonable face this time.
US-led international forces evacuated about 124,000 foreigners and at-risk Afghans within the weeks earlier than the final U.S. troops left Kabul, however tens of 1000’s who worry Taliban retribution had been left behind.
About 1,000 folks, together with Individuals, have been caught in northern Afghanistan for days awaiting clearance for his or her constitution flights to go away, an organiser advised Reuters, blaming the delay on the U.S. State Division.
The organiser of the flights mentioned the State Division had failed to inform the Taliban of its approval for flight departures from the worldwide airport within the northern metropolis of Mazar-i-Sharif or validate a touchdown website.
“They must be held accountable for placing these folks’s lives in peril,” mentioned the particular person, who sought anonymity due to the sensitivity of the difficulty.
Reuters couldn’t independently confirm the small print of the account.
A U.S. official, talking on situation of anonymity, challenged the concept that Individuals had been in danger, saying the U.S. authorities “has not confirmed any Individuals are in Mazar-i-Sharif making an attempt to go away from the airport.”
America didn’t have personnel on the bottom and couldn’t affirm the essential particulars of constitution flights, the spokesperson mentioned.
“We’ll maintain the Taliban to its pledge to let folks freely depart Afghanistan,” the spokesperson added.
Western powers say they’re ready to interact with the Taliban and ship humanitarian help to folks displaced by drought and conflict, however that formal recognition of the federal government and broader financial help will rely upon motion – not simply guarantees – to safeguard human rights.
The United Nations mentioned it’s going to convene a global help convention on Sept. 13 to assist avert what U.N. Secretary Common Antonio Guterres known as a looming humanitarian disaster.