Panjshir in our control, say Taliban; Amrullah Saleh denies claim
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Taliban has said the group had on Friday seized the Panjshir valley north of Kabul, the last province of Afghanistan holding out against it, although Former Vice President Amrullah Saleh has denied it had fallen.
“By the grace of Allah Almighty, we are in control of the entire Afghanistan. The troublemakers have been defeated and Panjshir is now under our command,” said one Taliban commander.
Deafening volleys of celebratory gunfire resounded all over Kabul and Facebook accounts were full of mentions of the fall of Panjshir.
Former Vice President Amrullah Saleh, one of the leaders of the opposition forces, said his side had not given up.
“There is no doubt we are in a difficult situation. We are under invasion by the Taliban,” he said on a video clip posted to Twitter by a BBC World journalist.
“We have held the ground, we have resisted.”
Several other leaders also dismissed reports of the fall of Panjshir, where thousands of fighters from regional militias and remnants of the old government’s forces had massed.