Taliban fighters declare to have made features within the Panjshir valley – one among Afghanistan’s smallest provinces and the one one to not have fallen to the Islamist militia.
The valley is being defended by former vp Amrullah Saleh and Ahmad Massoud, the British-educated son of Ahmad Shah Massoud, who was killed in a suicide bombing simply two days earlier than 9/11.
Combating within the historically anti-Taliban area is reported to have left lots of useless.
Ali Nazari, a spokesperson for the Nationwide Resistance Entrance (NRF) fighters, instructed the BBC that the rebels had pushed again the Taliban.
“There are effectively over a couple of hundred Taliban who’re trapped. And they’re operating out of munitions and they’re negotiating phrases of give up proper now,” he mentioned.
Nevertheless, Taliban officers have claimed victory within the space.
In Kabul, two folks had been killed and 12 wounded after Taliban fighters fired their weapons into the air in a supposed celebration of battlefield features.
Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid criticized the follow of firing into the air and referred to as on the militants to cease it instantly.
The Taliban captured many of the nation in a matter of days final month, following the withdrawal of US troops after 20 years of struggle.
Afghan ladies stay sceptical of the group’s promise of a extra inclusive authorities, and extra average rule from once they final dominated the nation between 1996 and 2001.
A small variety of ladies protested close to the presidential palace in Kabul on Friday, demanding equal rights as Afghanistan’s new rulers work to kind a authorities and search worldwide recognition.
In the meantime, the economic system is mired in disaster. Civil servants have not been paid for months, ATMs have been shut down and banks are limiting withdrawals to $200 (£144) per week, inflicting massive crowds to kind.
Support teams have additionally warned of widespread starvation amid a extreme drought.