Last holdouts in Afghanistan battle Taliban in Panjshir Valley

Last holdouts in Afghanistan battle Taliban in Panjshir Valley

The last holdouts are still fighting the Taliban in Afghanistan.

The National Resistance Front of Afghanistan on Saturday battled Taliban forces in the Panjshir Valley, about 50 miles northeast of Kabul, according to reports.

Panjshir is the last province in Afghanistan holding out against the Islamist group. The resistance has gathered thousands of fighters from regional militias and remnants of the old government’s forces to defend the region, Reuters reported.

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The valley held out for a decade against the Soviet Union’s occupation in the 1980s and also the Taliban’s first rule from 1996-2001.

Rumors spread Friday that the Taliban had taken the valley, but militia forces denied they had fallen.

Former Afghan vice-president, Amrullah Saleh, one of the leaders of the opposition forces, told the BBC he is in the Panjshir Valley, and his side has not given up.

A truck with National Resistance Front markings is seen on a mountain top near Panjshir Valley, Afghanistan.via

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