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Taliban Fighters Advance Deep In Panjshir Amid Reports Of Resistance Collapse (Videos, Photos)

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Taliban Fighters Advance Deep In Panjshir Amid Reports Of Resistance Collapse (Videos, Photos)

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On September 3, the Taliban advanced deep in the northeastern Afghan province of Panjshir, the stronghold of a large resistance force led by Ahmad Massoud Jr.

Sources affiliated with the Taliban claimed that the group’s fighters had imposed control of the districts of Shutal and Paryan. However, other Afghan sources went as far as claiming that the enter province has fallen into the hand of the Taliban.

Amrullah Saleh, former Afghan Vice President and one of the top leaders of the Panjshir resistance, denied reports claiming that he fled Afghanistan. In a message to the BBC, the leader acknowledged that the situation in the province is difficult.

According to resistance forces, as much as 300 fighters of the Taliban have been killed since the group launched its attack on Panjshir on September 2.

A few hours after launching the attack, Zabihullah Mujahid, a spokesman for the Taliban, claimed that 11 “important” positions along the main road leading to the eastern province of Badakhshan had been captured.

The Taliban negotiated with the leaders of resistance forces in Panjshir for nearly two weeks. However, the two sides failed to reach an agreement.

The ongoing offensive on Panjshir is meant to subdue resistance forces and force their leaders to accept the rule of the Taliban. The group will not likely announce its “government” before solving the crisis in Panjshir.

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