KABUL: The Taliban on Monday claimed whole management over Afghanistan as they stated that they had gained the important thing battle for the Panjshir Valley, the final remaining holdout of resistance towards their rule.
Following their lightning-fast victory in mid-August over the previous Afghan authorities’s safety forces and the withdrawal of US troops after 20 years of battle, the Taliban had turned to battle the forces defending the mountainous Panjshir Valley.
Because the Taliban claimed victory, their chief spokesman warned towards any additional makes an attempt to stand up towards their rule, whereas he additionally urged former members of the safety forces to affix their regime’s ranks.
“With this victory, our nation is totally taken out of the quagmire of battle,” chief spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid stated in a press convention in Kabul.
“The Islamic Emirate could be very delicate about insurgencies. Anybody who tries to start out an insurgency shall be hit exhausting. We is not going to enable one other,” he added.
A picture posted on social media by the Taliban confirmed its fighters on the governor’s workplace of Panjshir province — the location of resistance to Soviet forces within the 1980s and the Taliban within the late 1990s.
The Nationwide Resistance Entrance (NRF) in Panjshir — made up of anti-Taliban militia and former Afghan safety forces — on Sunday acknowledged struggling main battlefield losses and referred to as for a ceasefire.
On Monday, the group stated in a tweet that its fighters had been nonetheless current in “strategic positions” within the valley, because it vowed to maintain up the battle.
The NRF contains native fighters loyal to Ahmad Massoud — the son of the well-known anti-Soviet and anti-Taliban commander Ahmad Shah Massoud — in addition to remnants of the Afghan army that retreated to the Panjshir Valley.
The Taliban are but to finalise their new regime after rolling into Kabul three weeks in the past at a velocity that analysts say possible stunned even the insurgents themselves.
As they undertake the most important transition into governing main establishments and cities of a whole bunch of hundreds of individuals, Mujahid stated an interim authorities would first be introduced, permitting for later adjustments.
“Last choices have been taken, we at the moment are engaged on the technical points,” he stated at a press convention.
Afghanistan’s new rulers have pledged to be extra “inclusive” than throughout their first stint in energy, which additionally got here after years of battle — first the Soviet invasion of 1979, after which a bloody civil battle.
They’ve promised a authorities that represents Afghanistan’s advanced ethnic.
Because the Taliban come to grips with their transition from insurgency to authorities they’re going through a number of challenges, together with humanitarian wants for which worldwide help is important.
UN humanitarian chief Martin Griffiths has arrived in Kabul for a number of days of conferences with the Taliban management, which has promised to assist.
“The authorities pledged that the protection and safety of humanitarian employees, and humanitarian entry to folks in want, shall be assured and that humanitarian staff — each women and men — shall be assured freedom of motion,” an announcement from UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric stated.
The Taliban spokesman tweeted that the group’s delegation assured the UN of cooperation.
Flurry of diplomacy
The worldwide neighborhood is coming to phrases with the brand new Taliban regime with a flurry of diplomacy.
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken is due Monday in Qatar, a key participant within the Afghan saga.
Qatar, which hosts a serious US army base, has been the gateway for 55,000 folks airlifted out of Afghanistan, almost half the whole evacuated by US-led forces after the Taliban takeover on August 15.
Blinken may also converse to the Qataris about efforts alongside Turkey to reopen Kabul’s airport, which is important for flying in badly wanted humanitarian help and evacuating remaining Afghans.
Blinken will then head Wednesday to the US air base in Ramstein, Germany, a brief house for hundreds of Afghans shifting to the US, from which he’ll maintain a digital 20-nation ministerial assembly on the disaster alongside German Overseas Minister Heiko Maas.