AA / Kabul
The “Taliban” movement announced on Thursday the capture of several strategic checkpoints in northern Afghanistan, after two days of clashes with the resistance movement based in “Panjshir” province ( northeast).
For its part, the anti-Taliban resistance movement, known as the “Northern Alliance,” said Thursday that its members killed 40 Taliban and injured 35 others in violent clashes.
However, the correspondent of the Anadolu Agency could not confirm the statements of the two parties, following a cut of the Internet and telecommunications networks.
Meanwhile, Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid told Radio Azadi that movement fighters seized the main checkpoints in the Jabal Siraj district of Parwan province, north of Kabul, as well. that of Khwak district, near Wadi Panjshir.
According to Mujahid, the “Panjshir” resistance movement attacked the Taliban and forced its fighters to confront them.
Panjshir resistance group spokesman Fahim Dashti said in a video that reached the media: “We have killed 40 Taliban and injured 35 others, in the last two days of clashes in Panjshir.”
“The Taliban did not even advance a kilometer into the Panjshir valley,” he said.
Following the Taliban’s advances, Ahmed Massoud announced the continuation of the fight against the movement, taking rigorous measures in this regard, thus mobilizing various groups under the banner of the “United Front”, also called “Northern Alliance”. ”.
Panjshir is the native region of Ahmad Shah Massoud, one of the most important leaders of the resistance against the Soviet occupation in Afghanistan between 1979 and 1989.
The Taliban have not yet been able to capture the province, currently controlled by armed forces led by Ahmed Massoud, son of Ahmed Shah Massoud, after the latter was killed by al-Qaeda in 2001.
The Taliban movement came to control Afghanistan in just 10 days as US forces withdrew from the country.
* Translated from Arabic by Hajer Cherni
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