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Taliban celebrates in Kabul after claiming it has captured Panjshir province, leading to full management of Afghanistan

Taliban celebrates in Kabul after claiming it has captured Panjshir province, resulting in full control of Afghanistan

Celebratory gunfire has erupted over Kabul, amid studies that the Taliban has defeated the Panjshir Valley ‘resistance’. The latter’s chief, Emir Hibatullah, has beforehand rejected the claims.

Tracers streaked throughout the evening sky on Friday night native time, paying homage to celebrations on Tuesday following the departure of the final US airplane from Kabul. There have been totally different studies as to the event, nonetheless, with RT’s senior correspondent Murad Gazdiev listening to each discuss of victory in Panjshir and the arrival of the Taliban’s chief.

Panjshir Valley, positioned north of Kabul and made right into a separate province by the US-backed Afghan authorities after the Taliban was ousted in 2001, controls a key strategic highway to japanese Afghanistan. As of Thursday, it was held by fighters loyal to Ahmad Massoud, son of an anti-Taliban chief assassinated in 2001, who declared themselves the Nationwide Resistance Entrance of Afghanistan (NRFA).

Among the many “resistance” is Amrullah Saleh, who served as vp within the US-backed authorities and now kinds himself the rightful president of Afghanistan.

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On Thursday, the Taliban claimed to have captured key positions alongside the principle highway contained in the valley, together with a dozen checkpoints. The NRFA mentioned this wasn’t true, and claimed to have inflicted heavy losses on the Taliban.

Saleh despatched out a press release on Friday that he was nonetheless within the valley and that the Resistance was nonetheless combating, denying rumors from Kabul that Panjshir had fallen – however mentioned the state of affairs was tough and that they have been beneath assault from the Taliban, Pakistani troops and Al-Qaeda.

He additionally known as on the UN and the worldwide group to sentence “warfare crimes” of the Taliban, saying the group had blocked humanitarian entry to Panjshir and shut off energy and cellphone traces, based on TOLO Information.

A Twitter account claiming to signify the NRFA has additionally declared that the Resistance is “sturdy like our mountains right here,” and urged Afghans and the world media to not “fall for the Taliban propaganda that they are spreading in Kabul.” 

As late as July, the US estimated that the Taliban had not more than 80,000 fighters and that the US-equipped Afghan Nationwide Military may maintain them off for months. As an alternative, the Taliban swept by way of most of Afghanistan and took Kabul with out a lot of a battle on August 14, with the ANA surrendering or fleeing. An unlimited quantity of US-made ANA tools, weapons and ammunition fell into Taliban arms. 

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