Taliban claims to have defeated resistance power as fear mounts over Americans held
Doha, Qatar — The Taliban claimed on Monday to have taken complete keep an eye on of Afghanistan. The workforce stated its forces had seized the Panjshir Valley, and with it the remaining province within the nation the place resistance forces held flooring and post a battle towards the Islamic extremists’ takeover.
There have been competing claims in regards to the state of affairs in Panjshir, north of the capital Kabul, with some participants of the resistance refusing to surrender, however photographs from the rugged mountain area prompt the battle was once over, and the Taliban had received.
Despite the competing claims, it was once transparent that the Taliban was once cementing its keep an eye on over the rustic, and its newest obvious victory got here amid rising fear over the destiny of Americans and Afghans who’ve been not able to depart.
The reasonably small power of the National Resistance Front, led through commander Ahmad Massoud, had held out towards the Taliban for weeks within the rugged mountains of the Panjshir Valley.
It wasn’t transparent whether or not Massoud was once nonetheless within the province, and even in Afghanistan, however in an audio message recorded on Monday, he referred to as on all Afghans outside and inside their nation “to begin a national uprising for the dignity, freedom and prosperity of our country.”
After surrounding the area the place Massoud and his best friend, former Afghan 1st Vice President Amrullah Saleh, have been entrenched, the Taliban intensified its fight over the weekend. By Monday, the gang had risen its flag in an obvious signal of victory.
When CBS News senior overseas correspondent Charlie D’Agata interviewed Massoud in May, prior to the Taliban takeover, he vowed that he and his forces would battle the Taliban to the loss of life.
“They are ready,” he stated of his armed forces. “If the situation goes towards a war, we will announce it, and we will be ready… I’ll fight for it, and I’m ready to give my life for it.”
Neither Massoud nor Saleh had posted the rest on their social media channels as of Monday afternoon in regards to the intense preventing over the weekend. Massoud’s audio message, dispensed by means of media retailers, was once the one indication that they have been hoping to stay the battle towards the Taliban going.
Planes caught in Mazar-i-Sharif
As the Taliban solidified its keep an eye on, senior Republican Foreign Affairs Committee member Rep. Michael McCaul.
“Six airplanes with American citizens on them, as I speak, also with these interpreters, and the Taliban is holding them hostage for demands right now,” McCaul advised Fox News Sunday, including that the U.S. State Department “has cleared these flights, and the Taliban will not let them leave the airport.”
Satellite footage of the airport in Mazar-i-Sharif, north of Kabul, display six passenger planes at the runway. U.S. govt officers and a non-profit workforce advised CBS News on Sunday that there have been a minimum of 19 American electorate and two inexperienced card holders a few of the more or less 1,000 folks looking to depart on the ones planes.
Asked in regards to the lengthen in getting the planes off the bottom, the Taliban would simplest inform CBS News that, “they’re looking into it.”
With no U.S. presence in Afghanistan after the army withdrawal, the destiny of all the ones determined to depart, in conjunction with the rustic itself, was once fully in Taliban fingers.
As D’Agata studies, the Taliban has but to announce its new govt for the rustic. The workforce’s leaders were pronouncing for days that a press release is forthcoming.
While it is not transparent precisely what the brand new Taliban regime will seem like, the gang has made it transparent that elections are “not in sight for now.”
U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken was once because of arrive in Doha, Qatar later Monday. The nation has been instrumental within the evacuation of tens of 1000’s of folks from Afghanistan, and it maintains a excellent running courting with the Taliban.