Taliban claim to have taken complete control of Panchir –

with AFP | 9:04 am – September 6, 2021

The Taliban announced Monday that they had taken “complete” control of the Panchir Valley, where resistance had been organized against them since taking power in Afghanistan in mid-August.

“With this victory, our country is now completely out of the doldrums of war,” main Taliban spokesperson Zabihullah Mujahid said in a statement.

“Insurgents were killed and the rest fled. The respectable population of Panchir has been rescued from hostage takers. We assure (him) that no one will be discriminated against. They are all our brothers and we will work together for a country and a goal, ”he added.

The National Resistance Front (FNR) promised on Monday that it would continue the fight against the Taliban, affirming on its Twitter account to retain “strategic positions” in the valley.

The enclaved and difficult to access Panchir Valley, 80 km north of Kabul, was the last hotbed of armed opposition to the Taliban, who seized power on August 15 and secured the departure of the last foreign troops two more weeks late.

The Panchir had never fallen into enemy hands, either under Soviet occupation in the 1980s, or under the Taliban’s rise to power for the first time a decade later.

The FNR had proposed a ceasefire overnight from Sunday to Monday, after apparently suffering heavy losses over the weekend.

He said he had “proposed to the Taliban to cease their military operations in the Panchir … and to withdraw their forces.” In return, we will ask our troops to refrain from any military action ”.

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