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Panjshir resistance calls for ceasefire, Taliban withdrawal

  • Published at 03:51 am September 6th, 2021
Afghan resistance movement and anti-Taliban uprising forces take part in a military training at Malimah area of Dara district in Panjshir province, on September 2, 2021, as the valley remains the last major holdout of anti-Taliban forces AFP

The Taliban on Sunday said to have captured almost the entire valley, but pro-NRF social media accounts dismissed the claim

Resistance forces holed up in Afghanistan's Panjshir Valley against the Taliban have called for a ceasefire, a statement from their leaders said, after reports they had suffered heavy losses at the weekend.

The National Resistance Front (NRF) said late Sunday it "proposes that the Taliban stop its military operations in Panjshir...and withdraw its forces. In return, we will direct our forces to refrain from military action."

Also Read - Almost 600 Taliban fighters killed by Panjshir forces

In a separate tweet late Sunday, the NRF said spokesperson Fahim Dashty – a well-known Afghan journalist – and General Abdul Wudod Zara had been killed in the latest fighting.

The Taliban completed a stunning two-week offensive across Afghanistan on August 15 by taking the capital, Kabul, without a fight.

But remnants of the Afghan army retreated to the Panjshir Valley to form up with the NRF.

The Taliban claimed late Sunday to have captured almost the entire valley, but pro-NRF social media accounts denied this and said resistance fighters had retreated to the highlands.

Also Read - Leader of Afghan holdout region says he is ready to talk with Taliban

Panjshir fighters held out for a decade against the Soviet military and also the Taliban's first regime from 1996-2001.

The NRF is led by Ahmad Massoud – the son of legendary anti-Taliban commander Ahmad Shah Massoud – and holed out with former vice-president Amrullah Saleh, a fierce Taliban critic.

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