Kabul – NS Taliban The group reported on Monday that it had taken control of Panshir province, north of Kabul. The province was the last stronghold of forces opposing the Taliban. Afghanistan And the only territory he had not seized after moving across the country last month.
Thousands of Taliban fighters seized all eight Panshir districts overnight, according to eyewitnesses who spoke on condition of anonymity for fear of reprisal. Group Spokesperson, zabihullah mujahidihandjob On Monday, a statement was issued saying that Panshir is now in the possession of Taliban fighters.
“We tried our best to solve this problem through talks and they rejected the talks, so we had to send our army to fight,” the Mujahid told a news conference from Kabul.
The anti-Taliban fighters were led by Amrullah Saleh, the former vice-president of Afghanistan and the son of the emblematic anti-Taliban fighter Ahmed Shah Masood, who was assassinated a few days earlier. September 11 attacks in the United States.
Meanwhile, at least four planes were hired to evacuate hundreds of people in Afghanistan. They haven’t been able to leave the country for several days.officials said on Sunday. At a time when pressure is mounting on the United States to help evacuate these people, there are conflicting accounts as to why the planes did not take off.
An Afghan official at the airport in the northern city of Mazar-i-Sharif said the potential passengers were Afghans, most of whom did not have passports or visas, and therefore could not leave Afghanistan. He said people left the airport when the situation improved.
Situated in the Hindu Kush Mountains, the Panshir Valley is accessible only through a strait. Local militias included the Soviet Union in the 1980s and the Taliban a decade later, led by Masood.
Masood’s son Ahmed issued a statement on Sunday calling for an end to the attacks that had escalated in recent days. Masood, who is educated in Britain, said his troops were ready to lay down their arms only if the Taliban agreed to end their attack. Hours later, dozens of Taliban vehicles were seen entering the Panshir Valley.
There was no immediate statement from former Afghanistan Vice President Saleh, who had declared himself interim president after Ashraf Ghani fled the country on August 15 as the Taliban approached the capital’s gates. The same day Taliban entered Rashtrapati Bhavan.
The Mujahid in his statement tried to reassure the people of Panshir that they would be safe, even as many families fled to the mountains in anticipation of the arrival of the Taliban.
“We assure the esteemed people of Panshir that they will not be discriminated in any way, we are all brothers and we will serve the country and common goals,” the Mujahid said in its statement.
“There is no need to keep fighting,” the Mujahid said. “All the people of Panshir and the people of Panshir are our brothers and they are part of our country.”
The Taliban intensified their attack on Panshir on Sunday, tweeting that their forces had captured the province’s largest Rokha district. Several Taliban delegations tried to hold talks there, but never made much progress.
Anti-Taliban faction spokesman Faheem Dashti was killed in an encounter on Sunday. Dashti was the voice of the group and a recognized media figure in previous governments. He was also the nephew of Abdullah Abdullah, a senior former government official who is involved in talks with the Taliban over the future of Afghanistan.