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Afghanistan| Panjshir Valley, a last 1 resistance hold out in Afghanistan

Doha, Qatar: The Taliban on Monday seized control of Panjshir province, a mountainous area of ​​resistance that was the last stronghold of the resistance forces in the country, which lost control of the group to Afghanistan a week after US troops withdrew. Strengthened.

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Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said the Islamic group had completely conquered the Panjshir Valley. “Our latest efforts to establish peace and security in the country have yielded results,” he said in a statement.

A senior official of Afghanistan’s National Resistance Front confirmed that the Taliban had taken control of the valley, which was not conquered by the Taliban in the 1990s, nor did the Soviet Union extend its nearly decade-long decade in the 1980s. In possession “Yes, Panjshir has fallen. The Taliban have taken control of government offices. Taliban fighters have entered the Governor’s House.

Panjshir Valley, a last resistance hold out in Afghanistan
Panjshir Valley, a last resistance hold out in Afghanistan

The official added that Amrullah Saleh, a senior Taliban leader who served as vice president of the ousted government, had fled to Tajikistan. Panjshir

But on Twitter, the NRF said its forces were “at all strategic positions in the valley to continue the war” and that “the Taliban’s claim to occupy Panjshir is false.” And in a video recorded Friday, Saleh said reports at the time that he had fled the country were “completely baseless”, although he added that the situation was “difficult”.

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Things to know

  • A pregnant policewoman was allegedly killed by the Taliban over a brutal weekend for women in Afghanistan, while an Islamist group violently suppressed a women’s rights demonstration in Kabul.
  • The Taliban said in a news conference Monday that the announcement of a new Afghan government would come soon and that its shadow Supreme Leader Hebatullah Akhundzada would be made public in the near future.
  • A spokesman for the Islamic Group said Taliban officials met Sunday with the UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, who pledged to maintain aid. On Monday, a spokesman tweeted that he had also met with the head of the International Committee of the Red Cross.

The Taliban’s gains came after a long period of fierce fighting between the resistance guerrillas and Afghanistan’s new rulers. Resistance fighters set up a base in the Panjshir Valley when the Taliban seized Kabul last month.

On Monday, Taliban officials shared a photo on social media showing their fighters taking control of local government buildings. panjshir

In a voice message posted on his Facebook page, Ahmed Masood, the last-pocket leader of the resistance forces in Panjshir, called for a national uprising against the group. He said Taliban attacks in recent days had killed “a record number of people and resistance forces”, including members of his own family. He accused the Taliban of using foreign fighters and said the country controlled by the group would be “isolated from art, in the dark”.

As he called on Afghans at home and abroad to oppose the Taliban, Massoud rejected it as an attempt to repaint the group’s public image. “The Taliban have not changed in any way,” he said. “It has become even more brutal, radical, hateful and fanatical.”

In a Facebook post, the NRF said, “The people of Afghanistan must be reassured that resistance will continue until freedom and justice are achieved with God’s help.”

Meanwhile, at a news conference in Kabul, Mujahid said Afghan soldiers trained by Western governments over the past two decades would be asked to rejoin the country’s security forces alongside Taliban fighters. Some Afghan soldiers are among those who fled Panjshir after the Taliban took control of Kabul last month.

He said forces trained by the previous government should rejoin. “In the coming system, all the forces that were previously trained and professional will reunite with our forces, because our country needs a strong army.”

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Mujahid also said that Hebatullah Akhundzada, a hardline cleric who leads the Taliban, “is alive [and] we will see him soon.” Akhundzada is expected to be named the country’s supreme leader.

Over the weekend, concerns over the Taliban’s treatment of women resurfaced. Taliban militants beat and killed a policeman in front of relatives at his home in the central province of Ghor on Saturday, the BBC reported, citing eyewitnesses. The Taliban denied killing the woman – who was reportedly eight months pregnant – and said it was investigating.

Separately, a Taliban spokesman told the Guardian that the group had detained four people who allegedly tortured female protesters in violation of the Taliban’s strict interpretation of Islamic law. Women’s political rights are rapidly declining.

As the Taliban seized power last month, the group sought to reassure skeptics that it would not return to the strict rule it imposed when it last controlled the country from 1996 to 2001. Country. Human rights concerns may make it difficult for the Taliban to persuade world leaders to resume the flow of foreign aid, which has been largely frozen since the occupation of Afghanistan.

Taliban spokesman Sohail Shaheen said Taliban officials met Sunday in Kabul with the UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, who pledged to continue helping the Afghan people.

The head of the International Committee of the Red Cross also arrived in the country on Sunday to visit relief operations. In a video message, Peter Maurer said he would talk to authorities about ensuring that “impartial, impartial and free humanitarian action” continues. On Monday, a Taliban spokesman tweeted that Moreer had met with officials in Kabul.

The United Nations has warned of a humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan, where foreign aid is a major part of the budget of the previous Western-backed government.

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