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Afghanistan: Ahmed Massoud proposes talks to the Taliban to end the conflict in Panshir

AA / Kabul, Afghanistan / Shafiq Ahmad

The leader of an Afghan group that is resisting Taliban control in the northeast of the Panshir valley on Sunday expressed his willingness to end the fighting and find a solution to the conflict through dialogue.

This proposal was made by Ahmad Massoud, leader of the resistance group in Panshir, where the Taliban launched an offensive shortly after the departure of US forces on August 31, after 20 years of presence in Afghanistan.

On social media, Ahmad Massoud offered to end the clashes and start negotiations in exchange for halting Taliban operations in Panshir and neighboring Andarab district.

The Taliban have yet to respond to the message released earlier in the evening.

The two sides held several rounds of negotiations but failed to reach an agreement.

In an audio message released to the media on the first day of the Taliban offensive against Panshir, Taliban commander Amir Khan Muttaqi said several rounds of negotiations had taken place but had received no positive response. of the Panshir resistance group.

The resistance group enjoys the support of Amrullah Saleh, first vice-president of Ashraf Ghani’s administration, and Bismillah Mohammadi, his defense minister.

Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid recently said on Twitter that the Panshir group attacked the Taliban fighters, prompting them to counterattack.

The Taliban have taken the district of Paryan, near Bazarak, the capital of Panshir province, according to Fahim Fetrat, a journalist from the region.

Local media reported that the same Taliban also took control of Rukha district in Panshir.

– The spokesperson for the Panshir resistance group allegedly killed by the Taliban

Fahim Dashti, spokesman for the Panshir resistance group, was killed in fighting with the Taliban on Sunday, according to Noor Rahman Akhlaqi, a member of the Jamiat-e-Islami party in Afghanistan and close friend of Dashti.

Akhlaqi confirmed Dashti’s death in a Facebook post.

Local media outlet ToloNews also cited a source linked to the Taliban as saying their fighters entered Bazarak and killed Dashti, but this information could not be independently corroborated as communications are suspended in the valley, which is 50 meters away. kilometers north of the capital Kabul.

* Translated from English by Mourad Belhaj

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