The Taliban declare full control of the province of Panjshir
KABUL, ($1=86.84 Afghan Afghanis) – The Taliban movement announced on Monday morning that it has tightened its control over the province of Panjshir in northern Afghanistan, learned BulgarianMilitary.com, citing the Arab newspaper Al-Araby. A Reuters quoted a Taliban spokesman as saying the movement had taken full control of Panjshir.
With the fall of this province, the Taliban will end their control over all of Afghanistan’s provinces.
Taliban fighters have advanced in recent days in the Panjshir Valley, while elements of the Panjshir Opposition Front have confirmed their ability to expel fighters from the movement, but analysts have warned that opposition forces are facing difficulties.
And yesterday, Sunday, the Italian emergency agency, which runs a hospital in Panjshir, said Taliban forces had reached the village of Annaba, where authorities run a surgical center.
Annaba locates about 25 kilometers north in the 115-kilometer-long valley, but unconfirmed reports indicate that the Taliban has taken over other areas.
Pakistan sent its intelligence to Afghanistan
On Spetember 4 the Pakistani intelligence chief Faiz Hamid vizited Kabul on Saturday, regional media reported. “We are working for peace and stability in Afghanistan,” he told reporters on his arrival in Kabul.
Hamid did not specify with whom he intends to meet in the Afghan capital. During the trip, the intelligence chief was accompanied by senior Pakistani military officials.
The media noted that Hamid arrived in Afghanistan at the invitation of the Taliban movement and is expecting to meet later with the Taliban leadership, including one of the movement’s leaders, Mall Abdul Ghani Baradar.
On the eve of Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mehmud Qureshi, he said Islamabad would co-operate with Afghanistan’s new authorities if they are supported by the Afghan people.
On Friday, the Taliban decided to postpone the announcement of the composition of the new Afghan government from Friday to Saturday, September 4. According to several sources, the probable head of the new government will be Baradar Mall. According to Tolo News, Taliban leader Haibatullah Ahundzada is likely to become Afghan’s top leader. Under his leadership, Afghanistan will be ruled by a president or prime minister.
The situation in Afghanistan
After a 20-year presence on August 31, US troops left Afghanistan. According to US President Joe Biden, the United States has done what it set out to do: eliminate the al Qaeda terrorist group responsible for the 9/11 attacks and prevent Afghanistan from becoming a center of terrorism.
His words do not correspond to reality. According to a US intelligence report, at least 20 small terrorist groups are currently operating in Afghanistan, radicalized over the past 20 years due to the foreign presence. Various reports suggest al-Qaeda terrorists are joining the Taliban and Islamic State will establish a presence in Afghanistan.
Earlier, the same US report said that Kabul would collapse within six months, but the US president withheld this information. He tried hard to convince the public that there was no such option in front of Afghanistan and cited the thousands of troops and equipment of the Asian country. Despite Joe Biden’s “optimism,” the Taliban took over almost the entire country within a month and entered Kabul. Former President Ashraf Ghani fled the country.
At present, there is only one territory left in Afghanistan that has not been conquered by the Taliban, and that is the province of Panjshir. Anti-Taliban forces and Afghan soldiers have positioned themselves in it. The anti-Taliban coalition is led by Ahmad Massoud.
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