Clashes continue in Punjshir between Taliban and local Tajik forces

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Afghan People’s Resistance Front spokesman, the umbrella organization of armed groups in Panjshir province, Fehim Deshti, in a statement on social media, said they had killed more than 40 Taliban members.

Deshti said: “In the clashes that took place over the past 2 nights, the enemy (the Taliban) attacked from Baglan province from 3 branches, through the Sershad, Çarkıfelek and Havuk passes. But they could not progress. Over 40 Taliban have been killed and over 30 injured. ”Mentioned.

According to Afghan media, two Punjshir commanders lost their lives in the clashes.

Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said yesterday in a statement to the Azadiradio news site that Taliban forces were being targeted around Punjshir, but were advancing in the area.

FACTORS THAT MAKE OPERATION DIFFICULT TO PENCŞIR

Panjshir province, about 50 kilometers from the capital Kabul, was a district before the 2001 US invasion. The majority of the region with a population of around 170,000 is made up of Tajiks.

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Taliban forces, which spread across the country in the late 1990s, were unable to enter Penjşir, which demonstrated effective resistance under the leadership of Ahmet Shah Mesut against the occupation of the Soviet Union in the 1980s. However, during the period in question, Taliban forces were spread across many fronts.

The region, which consists of a series of valleys and has a total length of 120 kilometers, offers natural protection to its inhabitants as it is surrounded by thousands of meters of rugged mountains. Providing entrances and exits into the valley through a passage makes military operations very difficult.

The Panjirs, who also played a role in the capture of Kabul from the Taliban in 2001, claim de facto autonomy, as they are usually ruled by a leader of the region.

The region’s armed and political establishment is led by Ahmed Massoud, son of Ahmet Shah Massoud, who was killed by al-Qaeda militants. The Afghan National Resistance Front tried by Russia and other countries to persuade and help the Taliban, but to no avail.

While the settlements in the province are largely dominated by Tajik forces, some areas change hands during occasional violent clashes with the Taliban.

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