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    Post Afghanistan’s last holdout Panjshir reportedly falls to Taliban

    Afghanistan’s last holdout Panjshir reportedly falls to Taliban

    by Daily Sabah with Agencies
    ISTANBUL Asia Pacific

    Sep 03, 2021 6:57 pm GMT+3

    Panjshir, the final holdout province of Afghanistan, has fallen to the Taliban forces, TRT World reporter Ali Mustafa said in a tweet late Friday, citing sources speaking to the news website.
    dailysabah.com/world/asia-pacific/afghanistans-last-holdout-panjshir-reportedly-falls-to-taliban


    September 5, 2021 4:08 PM EDT

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

    Reuters
    Sept 5 (Reuters) - The leader of the Afghan opposition group resisting Taliban forces in the Panjshir valley north of Kabul said on Sunday he welcomed proposals from religious scholars for a negotiated settlement to end the fighting.
    Ahmad Massoud, head of the National Resistance Front of Afghanistan (NRFA), made the announcement on the group's Facebook page. Earlier, Taliban forces said they had fought their way into the provincial capital of Panjshir after securing the surrounding districts.
    On Sunday, the NRFA also confirmed that its main spokesman, Fahim Dashti, had been killed during the day.
    reuters.com/world/asia-pacific/taliban-say-they-have-entered-capital-holdout-afghan-region-2021-09-05/



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    Fake News.
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    Quote Originally Posted by enhanced_deficit View Post
    Early reporting is not always accurate or complete, let's wait till fog settles.
    Don't confuse him with facts. He made up his mind within three seconds of reading your OP, and has no interest in new evidence.

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    It appears 'fierce' resistance and fighting claims were fakenews:


    In Panjshir, Few Signs of an Active Resistance, or Any Fight at All

    On a recent visit, few civilians were about and signs of heavy fighting were scarce. What remained were opposing narratives and claims of massacres, ethnic cleansing and false charges.

    Torn posters of martyrs from previous wars at the entrance to the Panjshir Valley, Afghanistan, this week. Credit...Jim Huylebroek for The New York Times

    Photographs and Text by Jim Huylebroek and Victor J. Blue

    Sept. 17, 2021
    By The New York Times

    PANJSHIR, Afghanistan — In this lush strip of land — walled off from potential invaders by high mountain peaks and narrow, ambush-prone passes — former mujahedeen fighters and Afghan commandos regrouped in the days after the Taliban toppled the Afghan government, vowing to fight to the last man. With its history of resistance and its reputation for impenetrability, the Panjshir Valley seemed an ideal place for a determined force of renegades to base an insurgency.
    By Sept. 6, however, the Taliban claimed to have captured the entire province of Panjshir, a momentous victory in a region that repelled numerous Soviet offensives in the 1980s, and had remained beyond the Taliban’s control during its rule from 1996 to 2001.

    On Tuesday, The New York Times traveled to the valley for the first time since the Taliban’s lightning offensive led to their seizure of power in Afghanistan last month. On the sides of the road, posters of fallen resistance fighters from previous wars had been torn down. The usually busy traffic had been replaced with wandering cattle, and the silence was punctured only by Islamic chants blaring occasionally from speakers on the few Taliban trucks.

    nytimes.com/2021/09/17/world/asia/panjshir-resistance-taliban-massoud.html


    Afghan Resistance Leaders, Long Backed by CIA, Have Fled Following Taliban Takeover

    The retreat of Ahmad Massoud and Amrullah Saleh belies public claims that they are still in Afghanistan.

    Matthew Cole, Ken Klippenstein
    September 21 2021

    The son of Afghanistan’s most celebrated anti-Taliban resistance leader has escaped into neighboring Tajikistan, less than a month after vowing to defend his homeland “no matter what happens.”

    Ahmad Massoud, son of the late Northern Alliance leader Ahmad Shah Massoud, fled to Tajikistan shortly after the Taliban seized control of the Panjshir Valley on September 6, according to a senior U.S. intelligence official, a Pentagon consultant, and two former senior Afghan government officials. Massoud was joined a few days later by Amrullah Saleh, the former Afghan vice president and longtime intelligence chief, who left Afghanistan by helicopter, the senior U.S. official and two former Afghan officials said.

    The retreat of the two key Afghan resistance figures contradicts public claims that they are still in Afghanistan and holding out against the Taliban and signals a remarkable shift in their fortunes: For the first time in decades, the United States government and the CIA do not appear to be backing them. Massoud and Saleh are both seeking military aid and equipment from the West, but the Biden administration is not supporting them and has given no indication of whether it will provide future assistance, according to the two former Afghan officials and a retired U.S. intelligence official.

    On Wednesday, Massoud hired Washington lobbyist Robert Stryk. Massoud and Saleh have been embraced by prominent Republicans like Sen. Lindsey Graham, who is keen on the U.S. returning to Afghanistan.

    theintercept.com/2021/09/21/afghanistan-taliban-ahmad-massoud-flee/


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    Their hold on all of Afghanistan is far weaker than it appears.
    They will be fighting among themselves soon enough in addition to the other factions fighting them.
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    Linus, from the Peanuts comic

    You cannot have liberty without morality and morality without faith

    Alexis de Torqueville

    Those who fail to learn from the past are condemned to repeat it.
    Those who learn from the past are condemned to watch everybody else repeat it

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    Quote Originally Posted by Swordsmyth View Post
    Their hold on all of Afghanistan is far weaker than it appears.
    They will be fighting among themselves soon enough in addition to the other factions fighting them.
    That's a possibility.

    But everything is relative; without regular flights bringing in US taxpayers funded $Billions bribe every month, they seem to have very very weak competition now and seem to be preferred by vast majority of conservative local population that happens to live in rural areas. Large parts of rural areas they had already control over and now have taken over cities too.

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