Afghanistan: Disturbance information on the survival of the Panjshir valley

On September 3, three sources from the Taliban said they had complete control of Afghanistan, including the Panjshir valley, where the rebels are based.

NRF forces in the Panjshir valley. Photo: India Today
NRF forces in the Panjshir valley. Photo: India Today

Reuters quoted a Taliban commander as saying: "By the grace of Allah Almighty, we are in control of the whole of Afghanistan. The troublemakers have been defeated and Panjshir is now under our control."

Reuters has not been able to verify the reports at this time. Former Vice President Amrullah Saleh, one of the opposition's leaders, told TOLO News TV channel that reports that he had fled Afghanistan were lies.

Speaking to NPR radio, Ali Nazary, head of the foreign affairs department of the National Resistance Front (NRF), also denied reports that the Taliban had taken control of Panjshir, the last stronghold of the rebels, and called these rumors a form of "propaganda". Mr. Nazary is in America.

"The Panjshir valley has not been breached. The Taliban are facing fierce resistance. The Taliban's propaganda machine is trying to divert attention, is trying to propagate propaganda to weaken the morale in Kabul and others. elsewhere," added Nazary, adding that he remained in close contact with the NRF forces in Panjshir.

Mr Nazary's comments came as both the Taliban and the NRF declared victory, denying defeat. Contrary to Mr. Nazary's comments, some reports said there was "celebratory gunfire" in the capital Kabul over the Taliban's victory in Panjshir.

The NRF force has about 10,000 fighters, including many local fighters and former members of the Afghan security forces. The head of the NRF is Mr. Ahmad Massoud, the son of "Panjshir lion" Ahmad Shah Massoud, who was assassinated a few days before the events of September 11, 2001.

Former Vice President Saleh insists he is still in the Panjshir valley, the NRR "stands its ground" and will continue to fight. Mr. Nazary said the Taliban had launched their latest and biggest offensive in the hope of capturing Panjshir before announcing a new government.

"Fortunately, our forces fought back bravely. They repelled all the attacks" - quoted Mr. Nazary.

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