Forces fighting the Taliban in northern Afghanistan claim to have captured three districts near the Panjshir Valley, where remnants of government forces and other militia groups are concentrated.
Defense Minister Bismillah Mohammadi, who has swore against the Taliban, said in a tweet that they had captured the districts of Deh Saleh, Bano and Pul-Hesar in neighboring Baghlan province to the north of Panjshir.
It was not immediately clear which forces were involved, but the incident is spreading signals against the Taliban opposition, which took power in a flash attack and captured all of Afghanistan’s capitals in a week.
Local television Tolo News quoted the local police commander as saying that the Bano district in Baghlan was run by local militia and that they had suffered serious casualties.
The Taliban did not comment on the incident.
Former Vice President Amrullah Saleh and son of Ahmad Shah Massoud, commander of the former anti-Soviet mujahideen, vowed to fight the Taliban from Panjshir, which repelled both Soviet and Taliban forces in the 1980s and 1990.
People close to Massoud said more than 6,000 fighters had gathered in the valley. They say they have a number of helicopters and military vehicles and have repaired some armored vehicles left behind by the Soviet Union.
There appears to be no link between the Panjshiri groups and the seemingly uncoordinated protests in several eastern cities and in the capital, Kabul, where protesters raised the red and blue Afghan flag colors. and black.
But they highlight the problems the Taliban may face as they begin to consolidate their quick victory.
So far, the Taliban have made no attempt to infiltrate Panjshir, which is still littered with the remains of Soviet armored vehicles destroyed in fighting more than 30 years ago.
However, Western diplomats and others have expressed skepticism about the ability of the focus groups there to be effective, given the lack of outside support and the need for repairs and maintenance. weapon.
The Soviet Union occupied Afghanistan from 1979 to 1989, leaving behind 15,000 of its soldiers dead and tens of thousands wounded.
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