8 Taliban Killed In Panjshir Province Fighting: Afghan Militia Forces.

8 Taliban Killed In Panjshir Province Fighting: Afghan Militia Forces

Panjshir valley lies in the Hindu Kush mountains, approximately 90 miles north of Kabul

Kabul:

Taliban forces clashed with militia fighters in the Panjshir valley north of the Afghan capital Kabul on Monday night, losing eight killed, a representative of the main anti-Taliban opposition group said.

Since the fall of Kabul on Aug. 15, the Panjshir has been the only province to hold out against the Taliban, although there has also been fighting in neighbouring Baghlan province between Taliban and local militia forces.

Fahim Dashti, a spokesman for the National Resistance Forces, a group loyal to local leader Ahmad Massoud, said the fighting occurred on the western entrance to the valley where he Taliban attacked NRF positions.

He said the attack, which may have been a probe to test the valley's defences, was repulsed with eight Taliban killed and a similar number wounded, while two members of the NRF forces were wounded.

It was not immediately possible to reach a Taliban spokesman for comment.

Massoud, son of the former anti-Soviet mujahideen commander Ahmad Shah Massoud, has established himself in the Panjshir valley with a force of several thousand, made up of local militias and remnants of army and special forces units.

He has called for a negotiated settlement with the Taliban but has said his forces will resist if their province in the narrow and mountainous valley is attacked.

A significant force of Taliban fighters has been moved to the area but the two sides have so far been engaged in negotiations and have avoided fighting.

Celebratory gunfire resounded across Kabul on Tuesday as Taliban fighters took control of the airport after the withdrawal of the last U.S. troops, marking the end of a 20-year war that left the Islamist militia stronger than it was in 2001.

(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)

NDTV News

NDTV.com provides latest news from India and the world. Get today’s news headlines from Business, Technology, Bollywood, Cricket, videos, photos, live news coverage and exclusive breaking news from India.

https://www.ndtv.com/

Related news
Fauci is confident age limit for boosters will drop soon.

Fauci is confident age limit for boosters will drop soon.

Dr. Anthony Fauci weighed in on the possibility of Americans younger than 65 becoming eligible to get a Covid-19 vaccine booster shot in the coming weeks and months. #CNN #News

Marine speaks out after fighting off gas station robbery attempt.

Marine speaks out after fighting off gas station robbery attempt.

Marine veteran James Kilcer took matters into his own hands when he witnessed a robbery attempt at an Arizona gas station. Subscribe to Fox News! Watch more Fox News Video: Watch Fox News Channel Live: FOX News Channel (FNC) is a 24-hour all-encom...

Looming Shipping Crisis is Expected to bring Higher Prices, Fewer Choices Ahead of Holiday Season.

Looming Shipping Crisis is Expected to bring Higher Prices, Fewer Choices Ahead of Holiday Season.

From cars and computers to home appliances, apparel and shoes – the global shipping crisis is expected to bring higher prices to a wide range of businesses Originally published at -

Protests Mount Over 2022 Winter Olympics in China

Protests Mount Over 2022 Winter Olympics in China

Activists and lawmakers in numerous countries are calling for the Games to be moved to another country Originally published at -

NATO Defense Ministers Pose for Family Photo in Brussels.

NATO Defense Ministers Pose for Family Photo in Brussels.

Defense ministers from across NATO posed for a photo, Thursday, October 21, at a summit in Brussels. ————————— READ MORE: NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said Thursday relations between the alliance and Russia are at their lowest point sin...

Morning News NOW Full Broadcast - October 22

Morning News NOW Full Broadcast - October 22

An incident involving actor Alec Baldwin and a prop gun accidentally kills a crew member on a film set, the FBI identifies human remains found on a Florida nature reserve as Brian Laundrie and the CDC authorizes Covid vaccine booster shots for Mod...