Taliban declare to have ‘utterly conquered’ Panjshir

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Panjshir was once the closing final hold-out amongst Afghanistan’s 34 provinces to withstand the Taliban. If the declare is right, it could imply the Taliban now keep an eye on each and every Afghan province.

In connection with the Taliban offensive, NRF chief Ahmad Massoud mentioned Monday that “in no way military pressure on us and our territory will lessen our resolve to continue our fight.”

In a protracted message on his Facebook web page, Massoud additionally appealed to Afghans, whether or not in or outdoor the rustic, to sign up for “a general uprising for the sake of honor, freedom and pride of our country.” Massoud also known as for global strengthen for his purpose.

Photos and movies shared broadly on social media confirmed the white flag of the Taliban hoisted between structures in what seemed to be the Panjshir governor’s workplace within the provincial capital of Bazarak. CNN can’t independently check the picture.

“The last nest of the enemy, Panjshir province, was completely conquered,” Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid mentioned in a tweet. “We assure the honorable people of Panjshir that they will not face any discriminatory treatment. They are all our brothers, and we will work for one country and one common goal. With the recent efforts and this victory, our country is completely out of the vortex of war.”

Mujahid later advised a information convention that the province “which was the last place of our enemy has been cleared completely last night,” including that there have been no civilian casualties in the previous couple of days and “all weapons have been captured.”

Although it didn’t deny the middle of Panjshir had fallen to the militants, the NRF mentioned previous within the day that different spaces in Panjshir remained below its keep an eye on.

“Most of Bazarak district and all the side valleys are controlled by the NRF,” Nazary mentioned.

“Taliban’s claim of occupying Panjshir is false. The NRF forces are present in all strategic positions across the valley to continue the fight. We assure the people of Afghanistan that the struggle against the Taliban and their partners will continue until justice and freedom prevails,” the NRF mentioned.

Afghan resistance movement and anti-Taliban uprising forces take part in a military training at Malimah area of Dara district in Panjshir province on September 2.

The declare comes after a weekend of intense combating within the Panjshir Valley, with heavy casualties reported.

NRF chief Massoud mentioned in a Facebook put up on Sunday he’s in strengthen of clerics within the capital Kabul who’ve referred to as for an finish to the combating and was once able to speak as soon as the Taliban withdrew troops from Panjshir and the neighboring district of Andarab.

There’s been no reputable Taliban reaction to Massoud’s proposals.

In his Facebook put up on Monday, Massoud mentioned he had misplaced members of the family within the combating in Panjshir,

Massoud added that the NRF permitted the attraction of non secular leaders to finish the combating, however the “Taliban showed their identity and showed that they have no belief in Sharia.”

“The Taliban started attacking us which resulted in the killing of a large number of our countrymen including my family members,” he mentioned.

Massoud mentioned that what was once going down in Afghanistan would make the rustic “backward, dark, far from any kind of culture and art and unity as well as an Afghanistan that is in total isolation from the rest of the world.”

Earlier, Taliban spokesman Belal Kareemi advised CNN the gang’s militant opponents had taken all districts of Panjshir province aside from for the capital of Bazarak and Rokha districts, which stay below NRF keep an eye on. But resistance opponents seemed to rebut the Taliban’s claims.

Panjshir is a strategic slice of mountainous terrain wealthy with valuable mineral sources round 90 miles (144 kilometers) north of Kabul, and has a protracted historical past of resisting the rebel crew. In the overdue Nineties, it was once a middle of resistance in opposition to the Taliban all the way through their rule.

For two weeks the NRF, a multi-ethnic crew that comes with former Afghan safety drive participants and reportedly numbers within the 1000’s, has endured the combat in opposition to the Taliban following the militants’ almost-complete takeover of Afghanistan.

A truck with National Resistance Front markings is seen on a mountain top near Panjshir Valley, Afghanistan in this still image obtained from an undated video handout.

The NRF mentioned its spokesmen Fahim Dashty and General Abdul Wudod Zara have been killed.

On Sunday, Taliban spokesman Kareemi claimed the enemy had suffered “heavy casualties,” together with amongst their commanders, and that the Taliban hope in an effort to “clear Panjsher as soon as possible.” Taliban opponents are recently advancing towards Rokha and Bazarak, Kareemi added.

Before his demise, NRF spokesman Dashti seemed to rebut the Taliban’s claims, tweeting that the Paryan district of Panjshir was once “completely cleared” of the Taliban.

“At least 1,000 terrorists were trapped due to the cutting of their way out. All the attackers were either killed, surrendered or captured by locals with help from resistance fighters as they fled and retreated. Many of these prisoners are foreigners and most of them are Pakistanis,” Dashti mentioned.

CNN has now not been ready to independently check the entire casualty figures in the newest rounds of combating.

Taliban pledge humanitarian workforce security and safety

The United Nations mentioned in a remark on Sunday that Taliban government “pledged that the safety and security of humanitarian staff, and humanitarian access to people in need, will be guaranteed and that humanitarian workers — both men and women — will be guaranteed freedom of movement.”

It comes after UN under-secretary-general for humanitarian affairs Martin Griffiths met with Taliban co-founder and deputy chief Mullah Baradar and different senior Taliban figures in Kabul to reiterate the UN’s dedication to humanitarian support there.

“In this meeting, Mr. Griffiths reiterated the humanitarian community’s commitment to deliver impartial and independent humanitarian assistance and protection to millions of people in need,” Stphane Dujarric, spokesman for UN Secretary-General Antnio Guterres, mentioned in a remark.

Battle for Afghan holdout province intensifies as Taliban advance further into Panjshir Valley

The UN mentioned Afghanistan “faces a looming humanitarian catastrophe” fueled through war, drought and starvation. Half the rustic’s inhabitants — 18 million folks — want humanitarian help to continue to exist and the placement will turn out to be extra acute as a critical drought, the second one in 4 years, will additional give a contribution to starvation within the months forward, in line with Dujarric.

On Sunday, support planes from Qatar and Bahrain arrived in Kabul, transporting greater than 50 heaps of clinical support and meals merchandise to the rustic.

This is the second one cargo of support to reach at Kabul airport from Qatar since the United States troop withdrawal from the rustic in overdue August. The first cargo arrived Saturday, with a airplane transporting some 17 heaps of support, in line with a Ministry of Foreign Affairs remark.

CNN’s Jonny Hallam, Niamh Kennedy, Celine Alkhaldi, Radina Gigova and Lauren Said-Moorhouse contributed.


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