Taliban say resistance holdout Panjshir Valley 'completely captured'

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KABUL: The Taliban said on Monday (Sep 6) that they had captured the last pocket of resistance in Afghanistan, the Panjshir Valley, as the top American diplomat flies to Qatar to try and handle the after

, as the top American diplomat flies to Qatar to try and handle the aftermath of the chaotic United States withdrawal.

Late on Sunday, the so-called National Resistance Front - made up of anti-Taliban militia and former Afghan security forces - acknowledged suffering major battlefield losses in Panjshir and called for aThe NRF includes local fighters loyal to Ahmad Massoud - the son of the famous anti-Soviet and anti-Taliban commander Ahmad Shah Massoud - as well as remnants of the Afghan military that retreated to the Panjshir Valley.

The Panjshir Valley is famed for being the site of resistance to Soviet forces in the 1980s and the Taliban in the late 1990s.TALIBAN GOVERNMENT They have promised a government that represents Afghanistan's complex ethnic makeup - though women are unlikely to be included at the top levels.This time, women will be allowed to attend university as long as classes are segregated by sex or at least divided by a curtain, the Taliban's education authority said in a lengthy document issued on Sunday., as opposed to the even more conservative burqa mandatory under the previous Taliban regime.

 

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