Afghan Taliban have announced to capture Panjshir valley, eliminating the last pocket of resistance the group had been fighting with since it reclaimed regime in Afghanistan after 20 years.
Taliban spokesperson Zabihullah Mujahid in a statement said: “With this victory, our country is completely taken out of the muudle of war.”
After the take over of Kabul, there were reports of heavy fighting between National Resistance Front of Afghanistan (NRF) and Taliban fighters in Panjshir valley.
Videos of the Taliban fighters hoisting their flag at the Governor House of Panjshir are being circulated on social media.
Meanwhile, the BBC quoted NRF spokesman Ali Maisam who, on the contrary, denied the victory claims made by the Taliban. “It is not true, the Taliban haven’t captured Panjshir I am rejecting Taliban claims,” said the NRF spokesman.
However, the leader of the NRF, Ahmad Massoud on Sunday intended to start peace talks with the Taliban, according to media reports.
Earlier, the Taliban declared Afghanistan a “free and sovereign” country after the United States Armed forces left the country on August 31 after two decades of war.
Declaring war on terror, the US invaded Afghanistan in late 2001 after 9/11 attacks when the former Taliban regime refused to handover Al-Qaeda leadership–Osama bin Laden.
20 year later, after signing a deal with the US, the Taliban reclaimed its regime as they took over Kabul on August 15.