100s of Taliban fighters are heading towards Panjshir valley – the last anti-Taliban stronghold. The group aims to capture the Valley and crush the last resistance. The Panjshir Valley is of historical significance as Afghans used it to resist Soviet forces and then Taliban forces.
Valley is located north of Kabul at a very strategic location, making it hard to capture. Meanwhile, Anti-Taliban leaders – Ahmad Massoud and Amrullah Saleh are open for negotiations or armed resistance at the Valley.
Taliban Fights: Highlights
- 100s of Taliban fighters are heading towards Panjshir Valley.
- Taliban claims the controllers of the valley refused to hand it over peacefully.
- Meanwhile, Amrullah Saleh and Ahmad Massoud said they’re open for negotiations or armed resistance as well.
- Remnants of former US-backed government are present at Panjshir Valley.
Taliban Fighters: Taliban’s claims
In a tweet Taliban stated that 100s of its fighters are on their way to capture Panjshir Valley. They claimed the local administrators of the non-Taliban controlled regions refused to hand it over peacefully.
The rough translation of the Arabic tweet in English is as follows, “Hundreds of Mujahideen of the Islamic Emirate are heading towards the state of Panjshir to control it after local state officials refused to hand it over peacefully.”
Taliban Fighters: Anti-Taliban leaders’ claims
As Taliban fighters headed towards Panjshir valley to capture it, the anti-Taliban leaders told a different story.
Ahmad Massoud, the son of slain anti-Taliban legend – Ahmad Shah Massoud, controls the Panjshir Valley. Massoud claims he wants a negotiation with the Taliban.
“We want to make the Taliban realise that the only way forward is through negotiation,” Massoud told the Reuters reporters.
Massoud further said, “We do not want a war to break out,” he added, “They(anti-Taliban) want to defend, they want to fight, they want to resist against any totalitarian regime.”
Meanwhile, Amrullah Saleh the Caretaker President of the former Afghan Government tweeted a warning to the Taliban.
Talibs have massed forces near the entrance of Panjshir a day after they got trapped in ambush zones of neighboring Andarab valley & hardly went out in one piece. Meanwhile Salang highway is closed by the forces of the Resistance. "There are terrains to be avoided". See you.
— Amrullah Saleh (@AmrullahSaleh2) August 22, 2021
Saleh tweeted, “Talibs have massed forces near the entrance of Panjshir a day after they got trapped in ambush zones of neighboring Andarab valley & hardly went out in one piece. Meanwhile Salang highway is closed by the forces of the Resistance. ‘There are terrains to be avoided’, See you.”