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Clashes reported in the Panjshir Valley

Let’s take another look at the Panjshir Valley now, where there have been reports of Taliban forces and fighters loyal to a local resistance group clashing.

Panjshir is the last Afghan province opposing Taliban rule.

Each side has said it has inflicted heavy casualties, but the BBC has been unable to verify these claims.

“We started operations after negotiation with the local armed group failed,” Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said, according to the Reuters news agency.

Taliban fighters had entered Panjshir and taken control of some territory, he said.

But a spokesman for the National Resistance Front of Afghanistan (NRFA) rebel group said it had complete control and had driven back the Taliban.

The remote valley has a long history of resistance having been a stronghold against Soviet forces in the 1980s and the Taliban in the ’90s.


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