TALIBAN and opposition forces were fighting on Saturday (September 4) for control of the Panjshir valley north of Kabul, the last province in Afghanistan holding out against the Islamist militia, according to reports.
Taliban sources had said on Friday (September 3) the group had seized control of the valley, although the resistance denied it had fallen.
The Taliban have so far issued no public declaration that they had taken the valley, which resisted their rule when they were last in power in Kabul in 1996-2001.
A spokesman for the National Resistance Front of Afghanistan, which groups opposition forces loyal to local leader Ahmad Massoud, said Taliban forces reached the Darband heights on the border between Kapisa province and Panjshir but were pushed back.
Undated video clips posted by the group showed uniformed armed men around various points along the mountains that surround Panjshir valley. Other clips showed uniformed armed men on a mountaintop overlooking the town of Golbahar in Kapisa province.
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