Al Qaeda join hands with Taliban to bring down Panjshir valley

Posted on September 03, 2021, 1:43 pm
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KABUL: Ahmad Massoud, son of Ahmad Shah Massoud, who was known as the Lion of Panjshir and led the strongest resistance against the Taliban from his stronghold in the valley, has claimed that Al-Qaeda has joined the Taliban in the groups offensive in the valley.

According to the Al Arabiya report, fighting is ongoing between Taliban fighters and the forces of a resistance front lead by Ahmad Massoud in Panjshir province.

Member of the Taliban’s cultural commission, Anaamullah Samangani also confirmed the casualties. “Mujahideen of the Islamic Emirate were attacked from some circles in Panjshir who bluff and say they will resist. The Mujahideen reacted to the attack and as a result, the other side has suffered heavy casualties.”

Fahim Dashti, a spokesman of the resistance front said in a statement that, “In the past 40 hours the Taliban launched some offensives on Khawak from the Andarab valley of Baghlan. From our side, there were local forces of various districts of Andarab, local forces of Panjshir as well as the ANSDF forces. They fought back very well; they defeated the Taliban on that front. The Taliban lost 40 of their personnel, another 35 of them were wounded.”

Meanwhile, the Taliban has cut off telephone and internet services in the area to stop internal communication between the forces of the second resistance formed after the insurgent group took over Afghanistan in a rapid blitz of cities and provincial capitals in mid-August.

On the other hand, the Taliban have also blocked all the roads to Panjshir province which has skyrocketed the prices in the defiant valley.

Panjshir province, 120 kilometres to the northeast of Kabul is the only province that is not under the Taliban’s control and the so-called anti-Taliban resistance led by Ahmad Massoud is claiming to be fighting the Taliban.

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