Atlanta, USA (CNN) – Clashes continued in various parts of the Panjshir Valley in northern Afghanistan, on Saturday, as the two articles of the Afghan National Resistance Front tried to confront the Taliban attack on the valley.
A Taliban spokesman told CNN Saturday that the movement’s forces made “remarkable progress” and took control of 4 districts in the mountainous province – after the Taliban attacked Panjshir from different directions and appeared to be targeting the provincial capital, Pazarak.
A humanitarian organization operating in the region called “Emergency International” tweeted on its official page on Twitter on Saturday: “On the night of Friday, September 3, the Taliban forces succeeded in further penetration into the Panjshir Valley, and reached the town of Annaba, where the organization’s surgical center and maternity center are located. No interference with the organization’s work has been observed until now, and a few of the injured have arrived at the Annaba Surgical Center.” Annaba is a few kilometers from Bazarak.
In a video message Friday, former Afghan Vice President Amirullah Saleh said there were casualties on both sides, and Saleh left Panjshir when the previous government fell in August.
The former Afghan official added, “Without a doubt, we are in a difficult situation, we are under the invasion of the Taliban,” but added, “We will not surrender, we stand for Afghanistan.”
Earlier on Friday, the National Resistance Front announced that it had repelled a “hostile” attack and was defeated by a Taliban militia in “Khawak Bas”, northeast of Panjshir.
It is noteworthy that the National Resistance Front is an armed movement opposed to the rule of the Taliban, which has taken control of Afghanistan since last August.