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Afghanistan, Taliban Takeover: Resistance Counters Taliban, Says Panjshir “Fighting Continues”: 10 Facts


Resistance Counters Taliban, Says Panjshir 'Fighting Continues': 10 Facts

The Taliban claimed the “complete capture” of the holdout Panjshir Valley.

The Taliban today claimed the “complete capture” of the holdout Panjshir Valley. The Afghan National Resistance Front (NRF), however, told NDTV: “The road in the Panjshir Valley is with the Taliban. However, fighting continues in the sub-valleys.”

Here are the top 10 updates on this story

  1. After the fall of Kabul on August 15, Panjshir remained the pocket of resistance where forces led by Ahmad Massoud, the son of former Afghan guerrilla commander Ahmad Shah Massoud, fought the Taliban.

  2. Taliban officials have said previously their forces had secured full control of Panjshir but fighting has been continuing for days.

  3. On Monday, pictures on social media showed Taliban members standing in front of the gate of the Panjshir provincial governor’s compound.

  4. The Panjshir fighting has been the most prominent example of resistance to the Taliban.

  5. On Sunday, Massoud said he was ready to cease fighting and start negotiations if the Taliban abandoned the province.

  6. Panjshir, a rugged mountainous valley north of Kabul still littered with the wreckage of destroyed Soviet tanks, has proved very difficult to overcome in the past.

  7. Ahmad Massoud’s father, Ahmad Shah Massoud known as the Lion of Panjshir led the resistance against both the invading Soviet army and the previous Taliban government. On Sunday, Massoud said hundreds of Taliban fighters had surrendered to the Resistance forces.

  8. When the Taliban came to power in 1996, Ahmad Shah Massoud formed the Northern Alliance with other anti-Taliban commanders and held out in the Panjshir Valley and its neighbouring provinces.

  9. India backed the Northern Alliance with weapons, medical and other assistance. The relationship between India and the Northern Alliance was one of close cooperation.

  10. India also helped maintain helicopters for the Northern Alliance with spares and service. According to reports, India gifted two Mi-8 helicopters to the group between 1996 and 1999.



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