Afghanistan: Taliban wage offensive against Panjshir rebel stronghold, prepare to announce new regime

Source: NBC News

“The Taliban moved to consolidate control over Afghanistan on Thursday, with the group’s fighters advancing against a final pocket of armed resistance and its leaders preparing to announce a new government. … The Taliban said Thursday their fighters had launched an operation to take the Panjshir Valley, one of the last pockets of the country not in the militant group’s hands, after negotiations failed. The area has long been a bastion of resistance in Afghanistan. Local fighters held back the Soviets in the 1980s and the Taliban a decade later under the leadership of Ahmad Shah Massoud, a storied guerrilla fighter killed in a suicide bombing who remains widely admired in Afghanistan. His son, Ahmad Massoud, and several former government officials are now attempting to establish a resistance movement in the same guerrilla heartland.” (09/02/21)