The last holdouts are still battling the Taliban in Afghanistan.
The Countrywide Resistance Front of Afghanistan on Saturday battled Taliban forces in the Panjshir Valley, about 50 miles northeast of Kabul, according to studies.
Panjshir is the previous province in Afghanistan holding out from the Islamist group. The resistance has collected hundreds of fighters from regional militias and remnants of the aged government’s forces to protect the area, Reuters reported.
The valley held out for a decade against the Soviet Union’s occupation in the 1980s and also the Taliban’s to start with rule from 1996-2001.
Rumors distribute Friday that the Taliban had taken the valley, but militia forces denied they experienced fallen.
Former Afghan vice-president, Amrullah Saleh, one particular of the leaders of the opposition forces, explained to the BBC he is in the Panjshir Valley, and his facet has not supplied up.
“There is no question we are in a tricky circumstance. We are beneath invasion by the Taliban,” he claimed in a video clip from Friday posted to Twitter by BBC Environment journalist Yalda Hakim. “We have held the floor, we have resisted.
“The resistance is not heading to bow to terrorism,” Saleh said.
The National Resistance Entrance claimed Taliban forces attained the border of Panjshir but ended up pushed again.
A resistance spokesman tweeted that the Taliban had been “crushed by the forces of the National Resistance and fled.”
“They could not advance with all their may well, and their casualties are significant,” Front spokesman Fahim Dashti said in a tweet Saturday. “The protection of the stronghold of Afghanistan is unbreakable,” he explained in a further.
A Taliban source told Reuters fighting was continuing in Panjshir, with their advance slowed by landmines. “Demining and offensives are both of those likely on at the exact same time,” the supply said.
It was not straight away feasible to get impartial confirmation of functions in Panjshir, the outlet observed. The region is walled off by mountains with only 1 slender entrance.
The Taliban have so significantly not publicly claimed to have taken the valley, the place resistance fighters are considered to have amassed major stockpiles of weapons, the Guardian claimed.