Al-Qaeda has joined forces with the Taliban in the group’s offensive in the Panjshir valley, Al Arabiya reported.
Preliminary reports suggest, of an ongoing resistance led by the forces of Ahmad Massoud against the Taliban in Panjshir province.
Tolo news reported that the fighting between the Taliban and Ahmad Massoud’s forces has been ongoing for two days and both sides have suffered casualties.
“Mujahideen of the Islamic Emirate were attacked from some circles in Panjshir who bluff and say they will resist. The Mujahideen reacted to the attack and as a result the other side has suffered heavy casualties,” said Anaamullah Samangani, a member of the Taliban’s cultural commission.
Residents at the front lines in the Nasaji-Gulbahar area, which is just outside of Panjshir valley, said on Wednesday that the fighting resumed on Tuesday night and is still ongoing. According to locals, most of the people have fled the area, the report said.
Members of the resistance front, meanwhile, said that they pushed back the Taliban attack on Panjshir and that the Taliban has suffered heavy casualties.
Amid the ongoing fighting between he resistance forces and the Taliban fighters, Amir Khan Muttaqi, a Taliban leader, said on Wednesday that the talks between both sides have failed so far. He said, however, that the Taliban still wants to resolve the issue peacefully.