Press "Enter" to skip to content

Taliban say Panjshir Valley ‘utterly captured’

Taliban’s declare of occupying Panjshir is fake. The NRF forces are current in all strategic positions throughout the valley to proceed the battle, the NRF tweeted

Representative picture. Information18

However, the National Resistance Front of Afghanistan, that has been holding out the slender territory to date, has denied their claims.

Following their lightning-fast rout of Afghanistan’s military final month — and celebrations Monday when the final US troops flew out after 20 years of warfare — the Taliban are searching for to crush the forces defending the mountainous Panjshir Valley.

The NRF had earlier proposed in an announcement “that the Taliban cease its navy operations in Panjshir… and withdraw its forces.

“In return, we will direct our forces to refrain from military action.”

The NRF consists of native fighters loyal to Ahmad Massoud — the son of the well-known anti-Soviet and anti-Taliban commander Ahmad Shah Massoud — in addition to remnants of the Afghan navy that retreated to the Panjshir Valley.

The group mentioned individually in a tweet Sunday that spokesman Fahim Dashty — a widely known Afghan journalist — and General Abdul Wudod Zara had been killed within the newest combating.

The NRF had vowed to battle the Taliban but additionally mentioned it was prepared to barter with the Islamists. But preliminary contact didn’t result in a breakthrough.

The Panjshir Valley is famed for being the positioning of resistance to Soviet forces within the 1980s and the Taliban within the late 1990s, however observers have mentioned the NRF is struggling.

Bill Roggio, managing editor of the US-based Long War Journal, mentioned Sunday that whereas there was nonetheless a “fog of war” — with unconfirmed reviews the Taliban had captured a number of districts — “it looks bad”.

Former vice-president Amrullah Saleh — who’s holed out in Panjshir alongside Ahmad Massoud — has warned of a humanitarian disaster, with 1000’s “displaced by the Taliban onslaught”.

Taliban authorities

The Taliban are but to finalise their new regime after rolling into Kabul three weeks in the past at a pace that analysts say doubtless shocked even the hardline Islamists themselves.

Afghanistan’s new rulers have pledged to be extra “inclusive” than throughout their first stint in energy, which additionally got here after years of battle — first the Soviet invasion of 1979, after which a bloody civil warfare.

They have promised a authorities that represents Afghanistan’s complicated ethnic make-up — although girls are unlikely to be included on the prime ranges.

Women’s freedoms in Afghanistan had been sharply curtailed beneath the Taliban’s 1996-2001 rule.

This time, girls will probably be allowed to attend college so long as courses are segregated by intercourse or at the very least divided by a curtain, the Taliban’s schooling authority mentioned in a prolonged doc issued on Sunday.

But feminine college students should additionally put on an abaya (gown) and niqab (face-veil), versus the much more conservative burqa necessary beneath the earlier Taliban regime.

As the Taliban come to grips with their transition from insurgency to authorities they’re going through a number of challenges, together with humanitarian wants for which worldwide help is crucial.

UN humanitarian chief Martin Griffiths has arrived in Kabul for a number of days of conferences with the Taliban management, which has promised to assist.

“The authorities pledged that the security and safety of humanitarian workers, and humanitarian entry to individuals in want, will probably be assured and that humanitarian employees  each women and men will probably be assured freedom of motion,” an announcement from UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric mentioned.

The Taliban spokesman tweeted that the group’s delegation assured the UN of cooperation.

Blinken journey to Qatar, Germany

The worldwide neighborhood is coming to phrases with the brand new Taliban regime with a flurry of diplomacy.

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken was due Monday in Qatar, a key participant within the Afghan saga, although he isn’t anticipated to satisfy with the militants.

Qatar, a significant US navy base, has been the gateway for 55,000 individuals airlifted out of Afghanistan, practically half the overall evacuated by US-led forces after the Taliban takeover.

He can even communicate to the Qataris about efforts alongside Turkey to reopen Kabul’s airport, which is important for flying in badly wanted humanitarian assist and evacuating remaining Afghans.

Blinken will then head Wednesday to the US air base in Ramstein, Germany, a brief residence for 1000’s of Afghans shifting to the United States, from which he’ll maintain a digital 20-nation ministerial assembly on the disaster alongside German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Sunday referred to as for dialogue with the Taliban.

“We simply have to talk to the Taliban about how we can get people who have worked for Germany out of the country and bring them to safety,” she instructed reporters.

With inputs from AFP

Be First to Comment

    Leave a Reply

    Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

    %d bloggers like this: