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Anti-Taliban forces holed up in northern Panjshir Valley have been defeated and the area is under "complete control" of Taliban, says group spokesperson Zabihullah Mujahid.
The statement from Massoud, head of the National Resistance Front of Afghanistan, came after Taliban forces said they had fought their way into the provincial capital of Panjshir Valley in Afghanistan's north.
Districts of Khinj and Unabah have been taken from so-called National Resistance Front, a Taliban spokesperson says, giving Afghanistan's new rulers control of four of province's seven districts.
The Taliban is still battling to extinguish the last flame of resistance in the Panjshir Valley, as rumours spread the valley had fallen but no official claim has been made by the group.
A spokesperson for National Resistance Forces, a group loyal to Ahmad Massoud, says fighting occurred on the western entrance to the valley where the Taliban attacked NRF positions.
Ahmad Massoud – leader of anti-Taliban National Resistance Front – warns war will be "unavoidable" if Afghanistan's new rulers refuse dialogue. Meanwhile, Taliban sends "hundreds" of fighters to holdout valley.
Key politicians with background of anti-Taliban or anti-Soviet resistance are converging in their areas of influence to mobilise forces for a likely face-off with the marching Taliban. But rights groups fear such militias could become abusive force.
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